Wake Forest Historical Museum

Due to increased COVID-19 infections in Wake County, the museum is closed to visitors. Please check back for updates.

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

It’s July Fourth, 1970s Style!

There’s nothing like the Fourth of July… and no one’s done more to document its place in our local history than The Wake Weekly! The annual celebration got its start in … Continue reading

June 28, 2016 · 1 Comment

A History of Shorty’s Famous Hotdogs in Ads

Flip through this history of Shorty’s from 1919 through 1950 by clicking on each photo in the gallery. These advertisements ran in the Wake Forest College newspaper, some more than once, and … Continue reading

June 1, 2016 · 4 Comments

“Main Street, Wake Forest” Has a Personality

In March 1944, an article about our historic downtown appeared in the Wake Forest College newspaper, the Old Gold & Black. Essentially a love letter to South White Street, it was written … Continue reading

February 18, 2016 · 6 Comments

A 1927 “Letter to Santa” at the Community Christmas Dinner

Article appearing in the November 21, 2013 edition of the The Wake Forest Weekly: It was three weeks before Christmas when nine-year-old Tom Arrington wrote a letter to Santa Claus … Continue reading

November 22, 2013 · Leave a comment

Mission

To preserve and share the unique history and culture of Wake Forest – College, Town, and University.