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From the Pr e s ident D e a r F r i e n d s ,

Looking back over the past six months, I am struck by the impressive list of events and programs that Old Salem Museums & Gardens produced for our friends and community. Last spring you came to participate in a whole series of events surrounding George Washington’s visit to Salem, a new vintage car show, programming related to the “Art in Clay” exhibit (including the 2011 Founders Gala), the “Art in Clay” exhibit itself, and a host of other classes, concerts, seminars, and lectures. On July 4th we hosted our first United States Naturalization Ceremony where you joined us to welcome over 100 new citizens to our country. I’m happy to report that we are not losing any momentum, as you’ll see in this

issue of Old Salem Museums & Gardens Magazine. You’ll learn about our exciting schedule of holiday events for the entire family and interesting stories about what we do and why we do it. You’ll also find a summary of this year’s annual report. You can view the entire report by visiting In addition to our traditional Christmas programming—featuring a reprise of last year’s

wildly successful concert with the Winston-Salem Symphony—Old Salem is working to bring you new experiences in a number of areas of interest. You’ll learn, among other things, about a new garden focus for the iconic Miksch House on Main Street, celebrations for the 150th anniversary of the St. Philips brick church, and our popular Halloween evening tours, trick-or-treating, and pumpkin-carving activities. A new MESDA exhibit, “Our Spirited Ancestors,” explores alcoholic beverages in early

America and what their drink of choice (and how they drank it) said about their social standing. Associate Curator Daniel Ackermann relied heavily on the Old Salem Library and MESDA Research Center to help him produce “Our Spirited Ancestors.” Looking to the future, a substantial gift from long-time supporter Tom Gray will enable us to vastly improve the facilities for our library and research center. This project is one of many that are being explored as part of our initiative to create twenty-first-century facilities and experiences for Old Salem and MESDA visitors. The Anne P. and Thomas A. Gray Library and MESDA Research Center will be an important and lasting legacy of their passionate support of our mission. In closing, I also thank you. Without you we would not be able to perform the

important functions of education, restoration, conservation, and preservation that have made Old Salem a world-class museum for over sixty years. Whether you attended the Founders Gala, registered for a seminar, became a Friend for the first time—or supported us in any other way—I would like to thank you on behalf of the entire staff here at Old Salem Museums & Gardens. And, as always, I look forward to seeing you on the square.

Lee French, President & CEO Old Salem Museums & Gardens

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old salem museums & gardens administration

Lee French President & CEO

Eric Hoyle Vice President Administration & CFO

Tom Connors Vice President Development

John Larson Vice President Restoration

Robert Leath Vice President Collections & Research

Paula Locklair Vice President Education

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