Wake Forest Historical Museum

After the Move

The Wake Forest Historical Association is hosting a free public forum “After the Move” on Sunday, November 3rd from 3-5pm at the museum. Fall semester 1956 was the first time … Continue reading

October 11, 2019 · 3 Comments

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

Of Iron Boxes, Fire Bells, and Burning Buggies

The burning buggy was a mishap that struck a farmer driving his team along the road to Wake Forest from Franklinton in 1916. He was delivering a load of eight … Continue reading

January 11, 2019 · Leave a comment

Celebrate Our History on Museum Day Live! 9/23/2017

We’re proud to join Smithsonian magazine’s thirteenth annual Museum Day Live!, in which participating museums across the United States emulate the spirit of the Smithsonian Institution by opening their doors … Continue reading

September 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

The College Book Store and B & S Department Store

If you want an example of how the college and town were united–and tied to the wider world–this is one to remember. It begins with B & S Department Store, a … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · 2 Comments

Movie Stars in Cars… in 1938 Wake Forest!

A flurry of excitement hit town in the late 1930s when a Hollywood actress passed through on U.S. 1… and picked up a Wake Forest College boy! Dolores Del Rio Plays Supporting Role to … Continue reading

February 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

The Downtown Blaze of 1896

In early January 1896, several of the wooden buildings in downtown Wake Forest burned to the ground. The news broke on the morning of January 9, 1896, with reports appearing … Continue reading

January 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Familiar Scenes at Shorty’s, 1950

On November 20, 1950, a reporter from the Old Gold & Black caught a few students having a late evening snack at Shorty’s. “Stanley Johnson is sleepily telling a friend of … Continue reading

September 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

“Shorty” is Dedicatee of this Issue of Paper

On Friday, December 4, 1942, the staff of the Old Gold and Black devoted an entire edition to Shorty Joyner. This wasn’t the first time the Wake Forest College newspaper had … Continue reading

June 8, 2016 · 1 Comment