Wake Forest Historical Museum

Due to concerns over COVID-19, the museum has suspended public operations until further notice. Staff will be checking emails and voicemail regularly and responding as quickly as possible to questions and concerns. Please check back for updates. Thank you for understanding.

Virtual Tours

Experience the history of the original campus and Calvin Jones House through our virtual tours.

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Wake Forest Community Archive Project

We are collecting donations of artifacts, essays, photographs, and recordings that document how the pandemic has affected Wake Forest residents.

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Water/Ways

From above, Earth appears as a water planet with more than 71 percent of its surface covered with this vital resource for life. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry and … Continue reading

The 245th Birthday of Calvin Jones!

On April 2, 1775 Calvin Jones was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Jones was a leading North Carolina intellectual who made significant contributions to medicine, public health, politics, publishing, military strategy, and public education.

April 2, 2020

Postponed: Early North Carolina: Stories of Turmoil and Aspiration

In light of NCDHHS recommendations, WFU Lifelong Learning and Museum staff have decided to postpone “Early NC: Stories of Turmoil and Aspiration” scheduled for Saturday, March 21st.

Postponed: After the Move, Pt. II: Economic Redevelopment in Wake Forest

In light of NCDHHS recommendations, the Wake Forest Historical Association Board and Museum staff have decided to postpone the “After the Move, pt. 2: Economic Redevelopment” program.

History after Hours: The Paintings of B.W. Wells

Join members of the B.W. Wells Association for a discussion about the beautiful paintings of Dr. B.W. Wells, noted North Carolina ecologist and conservationist on Thursday, March 5, 2020 at … Continue reading

The Paintings of B.W. Wells

The Wake Forest Historical Museum is pleased to host a traveling exhibit created by the North Carolina State Parks and featuring the reproduced paintings of B.W. Wells. Born in Ohio … Continue reading

Family Storytelling during the Holidays

Consider making time for family storytelling this holiday season. Past holiday traditions, favorite foods, and music are just some of the topics that might come up! For example, in an … Continue reading

November 26, 2019 · Leave a comment

Witches and the White Mare

(To celebrate Halloween, this spooky article was written in 1953 by Carl Goerch. It tells of happenings that mystified Wake Forest College Professor Jasper L. Memory, and originally ran in … Continue reading

October 28, 2019 · 1 Comment

After the Move

The Wake Forest Historical Association is hosting a free public forum “After the Move” on Sunday, November 3rd from 3-5pm at the museum. Fall semester 1956 was the first time … Continue reading

October 11, 2019 · 2 Comments

Annual Meeting Scheduled for Sunday, October 27th

The Wake Forest College Birthplace Society will hold this year’s annual meeting on Sunday, October 27th from 3 pm to 5 pm. Members will gather at the Wake Forest Historical … Continue reading

October 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

Remembering I. Beverly Lake, Jr.

I. Beverly Lake, Jr. – A Life of Dedication to Wake Forest Today we sadly bid goodbye to I. Beverly Lake, Jr., one of the giants of Wake Forest who … Continue reading

September 12, 2019 · 2 Comments

The Historic Lake and Patterson Houses

It’s strange how these homes, inextricably linked to one of Wake Forest’s most important families, went on the market on exactly the same day. One is the Patterson House at … Continue reading

August 24, 2019 · 8 Comments

1920 Bird’s-Eye View

This 1920 aerial photo of campus and a portion of downtown is packed with tantalizing details! The image appeared in the 1921 Bulletin of Wake Forest College, a booklet the … Continue reading

July 30, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Wake Forester and D-Day

Just five years after graduating from Wake Forest College, Charles M. Allen, Jr., found himself in Europe as an Aerial Reconnaissance Photographer with the U.S. Army Air Forces. Allen had … Continue reading

June 4, 2019 · Leave a comment