Wake Forest Historical Museum

The museum is now open with new health and safety procedures like free timed tickets and required cloth face masks.

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.

April 24, 2020

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

World War I Propaganda Posters, ca. 1918

A collection of American World War I propaganda posters, discovered by Bob and Liz Ford in the attic of their home on North Main Street, has been carefully restored and … Continue reading

November 7, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Medical Bags of Dr. Matthew Dalton Phillips

These cases were carried on horseback by a country doctor practicing medicine in rural North Carolina about a hundred years ago. Apart from the passage of time, they are exactly as Dr. … Continue reading

September 30, 2015 · Leave a comment

The 1949 Dixie Bowl

Some amazing artifacts that just arrived at the museum seem to have virtually time-traveled straight from a mid-century Dixie Bowl match-up between the Demon Deacons and the Baylor Bears! The … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

The Royall Tea Caddy

This mahogany-veneered tea caddy, with two tin-lined pigeon holes and cut-crystal bowl (added later), comes to us from the family of Wake Forest College Professor William Bailey Royall, and dates … Continue reading

October 11, 2013 · Leave a comment

19th Century German Dolls

It’s always a thrill when someone answers our call for artifacts with a generous donation of any sort, but when Julia Freitag visited the museum to deliver this trio of … Continue reading

July 31, 2013 · Leave a comment

Images

The thousands of images in our museum archives include every format imaginable– from rare glass negatives to postcards and yearbook pictures, Polaroids to formal studio portraits, oil paintings to family … Continue reading

July 25, 2013 · Leave a comment

Moving the Museum

On September 1, 2010, Executive Director Ed Morris spent the day getting all the smaller items moved from the Calvin Jones House and into the new annex. Cathy Morris reviewed … Continue reading

July 21, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mission

To preserve and share the unique history and culture of Wake Forest – College, Town, and University.