Wake Forest Historical Museum

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

Wake Forest in 1939

Waters Capture

In 1939, itinerant filmmaker H. Lee Waters arrived in Wake Forest to shoot film of local residents, edit the footage into a feature length movie, and then charge folks to see themselves on the silver screen.

Waters made many Depression Era films of this sort throughout the Carolinas, Georgia, and Virginia. In an article from Duke University’s Office of News and Communciations, the films are recognized as historic documents worthy of preservation.

The entire Wake Forest film is preserved in DVD format at the Wake Forest Museum. This footage, featuring members of the local town and college communities, is just a small sampling of the images shot primarily outside the Wake Forest schools, in the business district on South White Street, and near the college campus. The music is from the 1939 Lomax Field Recordings housed at the Library of Congress.

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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

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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