Wake Forest Historical Museum

Intern Reflections: “The rich legacy of Black education across generations.”

As an intern with the Wake Forest Historical Museum, I’ve been pouring through census data, finding traces of children as young as six, adult musicians, religious leaders, and school teachers who contributed to a project of Black learning prior to and in the aftermath of emancipation in Wake Forest.

May 27, 2021

The Passing of the Baton

Sara Page Jackson Lewis of Wilmington, whose enthusiasm and happy spirit were symbolized by her flaming red hair, passed away January 19, 2021, in Wilmington, NC. Her son, Drew Lewis, reflects on his mother’s legacy in the essay below.

March 26, 2021

Meet Intern Kate Pearson

With support from WFU’s Slavery, Race, and Memory Project, this spring Wake Forest junior Kate Pearson will work with museum staff remotely to identify and learn more about African Americans connected to the original campus between 1820 and 1930.

March 9, 2021

Thine Ancient Days: A WFU History, 1818-1956

We are pleased to announce the debut of Thine Ancient Days: A WFU History, 1818-1956 by Jenny Puckett.

July 9, 2020

Virtual Tours

Experience the history of the original campus and Calvin Jones House through our virtual tours.

May 14, 2020

Witches and the White Mare

(To celebrate Halloween, this spooky article was written in 1953 by Carl Goerch. It tells of happenings that mystified Wake Forest College Professor Jasper L. Memory, and originally ran in … Continue reading

October 28, 2019 · 1 Comment

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

The Wake Forester and D-Day

Just five years after graduating from Wake Forest College, Charles M. Allen, Jr., found himself in Europe as an Aerial Reconnaissance Photographer with the U.S. Army Air Forces. Allen had … Continue reading

June 4, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Wake Forest Graded School

Many Wake Foresters have heard the stories. Back in the fogs of time, this place on the corner of Pine and Wingate was the town school. And in this case … Continue reading

April 11, 2019 · 7 Comments