On Thursday, January 10, at 12:15pm in the Spaugh Lecture/Recital Hall at the Archie K. Davis Center, Archivist J. Eric Elliott will present this month’s thirty-minute Lunchtime Lecture – “New Tools at the Archives for African-American Genealogy Research,” a review of recent and ongoing work to make these records more available and useable.
On Thursday, January 17, the Archives will hold its first Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, to honor the fifteen folks who have been working with us over this last year.
The exhibit “The Languages of Flowers in Moravian Wachovia” will have a “soft roll-out” during the last week of January in our Archie K. Davis building lobby. The two-panel traveling exhibit will be accompanied here by interpreted artifacts from our vault. This is the first of a three-exhibit series sponsored by the Garden Council of Forsyth County and the Old Salem Garden Club. We hope to get you details of an opening appreciation reception as those are firmed up later in the month.
On Monday, January 14, at 4pm, the Archives hosts the second meeting of the Moravian Studies Collaborative, a nascent network of local academics, independent researchers, and Moravian records-keepers in Forsyth County. If you know someone who ought to be in the discussions of this group, let Archivist Eric Elliott know.
On November 5 representatives from Forsyth colleges and universities and from local Moravian records-keepers at the Moravian Archives, Old Salem and MESDA met to form a new Moravian Studies Collaborative. We formed three working groups out of our first meeting: 1) Cherokee Studies/Trail of Tears Witness Community work for next spring; 2) organizing a conference of Moravian studies on “Becoming American” with grant applications going out starting in February; and 3) expanding what we as a local Moravian Studies Collaborative could do beyond emailing/sharing information and occasional gatherings. We will be sharing community events from the group through our e-mail newsletter and our website here as we receive them.
In December 2018:
On Monday, December 3, 6:00pm, Forsyth County Public Library, 660 West Fifth Street, Winston-Salem – RiverRun’s Films With Class & The Forsyth County Public Library present a free screening of “RUMBLE (The Indians Who Rocked the World),” conversation following with Ukrike Wiethaus, Ph.D, CHTP, Professor, Department for Study of Religions and American Ethnic Studies Program, Wake Forest University.
On Thursday, December 13, 12:15pm, Archie K. Davis Center, 457 S. Church St., Winston-Salem – Lunchtime Lecture, “And Still More Fun Finds in the Vault,” by Assistant Archivist Nicole Crabbe and Friends from the Moravian Archives and Moravian Music Foundation.
A third of our Archives support now comes from individual donors, a third from the Southern Province and a third from Salem Congregation. We are grateful for all who help us preserve and share our special blessings with the church and greater community. This year Sallie Greenfield and the Greenfield Ministries Fund has pledged up to a $5,000 match for all new donors and every dollar above current donors’ 2017 calendar-year giving. We thank her for her inspiring gift, and welcome those friends who join her in that match challenge.