New museum planned for downtown Winston-Salem

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A new museum dedicated to preserving the cultural history of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County will likely open by the middle of July, giving the city its first history museum since 1979.

The New Winston Museum will occupy a temporary space at 713 S. Marshall St. until a permanent facility is built sometime over the next five years, said Kirk Sanders, an attorney who serves as the president of New Winston’s board.

The museum also needs an executive director. Sanders said he hopes to have one hired and on the job by June 1. The application deadline is March 30; see for details.

The New Winston Museum would be the successor to the Winston-Salem Museum, which closed in 1979 for lack of funds. The new museum will occupy what was once the CAT-TV public-access studio, sharing space in a small strip mall with such businesses as the W.C. Construction Co. and Asian Healing Arts Associates.

“We’re extremely excited that we’re becoming a reality,” Sanders said. “It’s finally happening.”

This article was written by Ken Keuffel and originally appeared in The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read more.