Wake Forest Historical Museum

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Doug Buttram’s Legacy

(By Beverly Whisnant, retired SEBTS library) I was an interested observer in 1991 when Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary Vice President Paul Fletcher asked my young friend Doug Buttram to accept … Continue reading

March 6, 2019 · Leave a comment

White Father, Black History

When you discover a white Baptist is the father of an early civil rights activist… It all started when I stumbled across a book with the title,┬áHistory of the American … Continue reading

February 5, 2019 · 21 Comments

A Very Basketball Christmas

Before multi-million dollar contracts, top basketball coaches were rewarded with… kitchen appliances? It was December 1952 and Wake Forest College Basketball Coach Murray Greason had just led the Demon Deacons … Continue reading

December 6, 2018 · 2 Comments

Thanksgiving Day Tragedy: Professor W. A. Johnson

Occasionally a museum visitor will mention an adored grandfather (or great-grandfather) and ask which of the Old Campus buildings were here in the 1930s? It’s a good question. Binkley Chapel, … Continue reading

November 13, 2018 · 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

Against All Odds

“Win or lose, Wake brought out the best in people. Its athletes performed better than their best.” That quote from Cameron Yow’s new book on Wake Forest University Athletics sums … Continue reading

July 24, 2018 · Leave a comment

How Wake Forest was “beautified” in 1933

It was spring of 1933 when the Wake Forest Garden Club decided to implore residents to fix the place up. The plan was a community-wide landscape project, and the goal … Continue reading

April 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Strange Case of Raymond Hair

“A month ago he was just another student seeking a lucrative career in dentistry. Now he is a hunted man.” That crazy reversal of fortune–in January 1950–made national headlines and … Continue reading

January 2, 2018 · 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