At the October 12, 2014 Annual Meeting: Bones McKinney and the Brewer-Harris Garden

The Birthplace Society will hold its annual meeting from 2:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, October 12, 2014 at the Wake Forest Historical Museum.

This year’s keynote speaker is author Bethany Bradsher, a dedicated sportswriter whose latest book is about Wake Forest’s own Bones McKinney.

Bones McKinney

Titled Bones McKinney, Basketball’s Unforgettable Showman, the book’s blurb on Amazon describes the man who helped turn Wake Forest College into a basketball powerhouse as “a chain-smoking, Pepsi-swilling Baptist minister who was not averse to using colorful language and sped through life (literally) at 80 miles an hour.”

This is fascinating terrain which Bradsher is uniquely qualified to explore, having already penned The Classic: How Everett Case and His Tournament Brought Big-Time Basketball to the South. Bradsher will discuss all this and more during the program, followed by a book signing at which both titles will be available for purchase.

We hope you plan to attend this event, and also will consider continuing your support of the Wake Forest College Birthplace Society. If you are already part of the Society, now is the time to renew for the 2014-15 membership year. If you’ve just become interested in joining, memberships are available at a variety of levels; the form is on page 7 of this publication.

As part of this year’s annual meeting, the museum will also dedicate the beautiful new Brewer-Harris Garden.

The Brewer-Harris Garden

Made possible by a generous gift from Larry Harris, in memory of Ricky Harris and Jenny Brewer, the garden uses brick and stone to create an elegant outdoor venue with the Old Well as its focal point.

The garden was designed by WFU graduate Stephanie Mitchell (‘72).

For more information, please visit the museum website ( or call Executive Director Ed Morris at 919-556-2911.

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