Wake Forest Historical Museum

LOCATION: 414 N. Main Street Wake Forest, NC 27587 CONTACT: 919-556-2911

From the General Store

DSC_9003

Every once in a while, someone calls with an odd item they wish to donate. Sometimes these are large and heavy and of unusual providence. And although a donation of this sort doesn’t fit the typical flow of pledges, memberships and artifacts on which we rely to remain open… sometimes they’re quite exciting and surprisingly useful!

That is certainly the situation here… as this century old display case is one for the record books. Roger and Ann Ray, formerly of Wake Forest and now living in Nash County, recently phoned Executive Director Ed Morris to ask if he’d like to have this twelve foot piece. First used in a general store, it later served as a movie theater concession stand and had been sitting in an old barn ever since. Quite simply, it needed some work. But its dimensions perfectly fit the back wall of the main exhibit gallery and Ed wasn’t about to miss out on a windfall.

Drawing on his experience as head of North Carolina’s State Historic Sites, Ed has since spent time cleaning, sanding and painting the old oak. Some of the oversized glass panes were cracked and broken, and will be replaced with plexiglass. When fully restored, the display case will occupy the rear wall of the Sports Exhibit, where it will hold Wake Forest College trophies, photos, game balls and other artifacts. As part of this reorganization, the museum will also build a new display markign the history of sports at Wake Forest Rolesville High School.

So when you next visit the museum, we’ll have some changes in store. And if you have any unusual items you wish to donate, please give us a call.

It seems we could use a nice grandfather clock.

Comments are welcome...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on July 19, 2013 by in Donating Artifacts and tagged , , .

Hours & Info

Tues-Fri: 9am-noon & 1:30-4:30pm
Sun: 2pm-5pm

Closed: Saturday and Monday

Call us at 919.556.2911

Free Admission

Follow us on Instagram!

Flying the Demon Deacon flag as we host visitors from the WFU Alumni Council. Welcome to #oldcampus! Happy Easter from the Wake Forest Historical Museum. (Old Well photographed from the Brewer-Harris Garden) These are the brothers of Kappa Sigma fraternity. They went to school here on the Old Campus and reunite each year at the Trek. They are an amazing group and we appreciate all they do for the Wake Forest Historical Museum! #kappasigma #wfu "His most unusual talent was combining profanity in unexpected ways," author Tucker Mitchell says to our Trek to the Old Campus crowd, about the subject of his excellent biography, legendary WFC football coach Peahead Walker. #wfu #oldcampus