Salem Academy and College marking 240 years

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Salem Academy and College will celebrate its 240th birthday this weekend, starting with Founder’s Day on Friday.

School alumnae are expected back in town for the celebration, which marks another year for the nation’s oldest continually operating institution for women.

A Founders’ Day convocation, to be held at 4:15 p.m. Friday on the May Dell near the Fine Arts Center on campus, is open to the public. Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines and Dean of the College Susan Calovini are scheduled to speak.

Also, this year’s Elisabeth Oesterlein award winners will be announced at the convocation. The awards, named for the school’s first teacher, go to seniors — one for the college and one for the academy — who exhibit “great leadership qualities and academic excellence.”

Founder’s Day is an annual event marking the school’s creation in 1772 by Moravian settlers. The institution has since grown into a college preparatory academy and a women’s college with a $50 million endowment.

This article was written by Travis Fain and originally published by The Winston-Salem Journal. Click here to read more.