Wake Forest Historical Museum

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

“The Has-Beens”


They’ve done so much for us, and now it’s time for the Wake Forest Historical Museum to formally thank that wonderful group of supporters known as “The Has-Beens.”

Led by Abe Elmore (WFC ’55), “The Has-Beens” are old friends from the Old Campus. All are former athletes and Alpha Sig fraternity brothers who, along with their wives, still get together to tailgate before home games in Winston-Salem and to support causes close to the hearts of Wake Forest University and the Wake Forest College Birthplace Society.

Numbering about 150 strong, “The Has-Beens” have done more for the Wake Forest Historical Museum than any other single group. They have long supported our efforts, assisted in the preservation of the Calvin Jones House, and led the charge to plan and construct our new facility. In face, Abe Elmore and Jack Murdock (WFC ’57) joined forces to chair the Society’s Capital Campaign a decade ago… raising the funds needed to construct our state of the art 7,000 square foot addition.

Elmore, Murdock and Bill Barnes (first All-American quarterback from WFC) will be among the speakers scheduled to talk about their days on the Old Campus at our 2012 Annual Meeting, and to tell stories about the sports and personalities that made Demon Deacon history.

The Birthplace Society is so very pleased to recognize the accomplishments of this group of friends… who’ve stuck together for half a century… by presenting “The Has-Beens” organization with this year’s Distinguished Service Award. These men and women have consistently and loyally served our mission to “preserve the history of Wake Forest, both college and town,” and members of the group in attendance will receive a special recognition.

We are very thankful for all they do.

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

Closed: Saturday and Monday

Call us at 919.556.2911

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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