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“Thine Ancient Days: A WFU History,” a discussion with Jenny R. Puckett

September 15, 2020 @ 5:30 pm 6:30 pm

Wake Forest Special Collections, in partnership with the Wake Forest Historical Museum, is proud to bring you an inside look at the making of Thine Ancient Days during an online conversation with author Jenny Puckett on September 15th at 5:30 pm.

Puckett will share her experience (seven years in the making!) in authoring Thine Ancient Days: A WFU History, 1818-1956, a pictorial history of Wake Forest Institute and College during the 122 years that the school was located in Wake County. The writing of this book was originally inspired by the curiosity of twenty-first century Wake Forest students, who wished to know how their university got started, how it arrived here from there….and what it must have looked like in the past. The text is arranged in story form, accompanied by beautiful historic images and artifacts.

Years of museum and library research produced extensive material describing historic events, changing times, and fascinating people that inhabited the small town and college near Raleigh. Although the book’s historical chronology is carefully preserved, the stories of discrete moments of Wake Forest history can be read in any order, without breaking the narrative thread.

Photograph of book on coffee table.

Thine Ancient Days can be purchased directly from the Wake Forest College Birthplace Society and are available for $134.06 ($125+$9.06 tax). Books can be picked up at the Wake Forest Historical Museum or shipped for an additional fee of $12. For more information on ordering a copy of the book please email Ed Morris at morrisce@wfu.edu. Copies of the book can also be purchased through Library Partners Press.

Jenny Robinson Puckett graduated from Wake Forest University in 1971. After completing the Master of Arts degree at Middlebury College, she taught Spanish for many years at the high school and college levels. She was a lecturer in Spanish at Wake Forest from 1995 – 2013, during which time she developed a passionate interest in the history of our alma mater. From 2005-2013, she worked with the student-led Traditions Council, which undertakes projects to educate the student body on Wake Forest lore, history, and traditions. In 2016, Jenny received Wake Forest University’s highest honor, the Medallion of Merit, for service to the university.


This event is free and open to the public. Please register through Wake Forest University using the link below.

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