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Early North Carolina: Stories of Turmoil and Aspiration

October 9 @ 9:30 am 4:30 pm

We are pleased to announce “Early North Carolina: Stories of Turmoil and Aspiration,” a course hosted by the WFU Lifelong Learning program on Saturday, October 9, 2021 at the Wake Forest Historical Museum.

From early confusion over boundaries and property lines, to the influx of a wide variety of racial and ethnic cultures, to war, and to the struggle for settlement and civic stability, guest lecturers Jake Ruddiman and Mary Tribble will examine the fascinating, complex, and often troubling story of North Carolina’s history.

Course topics include the upheaval of revolution for the peaceful Moravian settlers, the shock for soldiers from northern colonies coming to the state to fight in the Revolution and seeing the enslavement of Africans firsthand, and the determination of educated clergy hoping to establish lasting institutions such as Wake Forest College. Participants will examine letters of soldiers, detailed reports of the Moravians, and letters and diaries of the Wait and Merriam families contemplating a college in a slave-holding state. With ample time for questions and the opportunity to tour the museum galleries and historic Calvin Jones House, we will have a full and absorbing day!


Tentative Course Agenda

Session One: The Many Colonial North Carolinas

Session Two: The Moravians and Their North Carolina Neighbors in the Revolutionary War

Session Three: “Is this the Land of Liberty?” Soldiers Seeing Slavery in the American Revolution

Session Four: Pious Ambitions: Sally Merriam Wait’s Great Awakening


“Early North Carolina: Stories of Turmoil and Aspiration” is the first lifelong learning course to be offered at the Wake Forest Historical Museum, and we hope you take advantage of this special opportunity!

Course registration costs $125 and the day includes a morning snack and lunch. The course will be held at the Wake Forest Historical Museum (414 N. Main Street, Wake Forest) on October 9, 2021 from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and includes a morning snack and lunch. Course registration costs $125. Seating is limited so please register early.

At this time, all visitors to the museum must wear a face mask regardless of their vaccination status. We will continue to monitor the COVID forecast and make updates to safety policies as needed.

Hosted by the Wake Forest University Lifelong Learning Program

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