MESDA in the News
Franklin Vagnone Named President of Old Salem Following National Search
Winston-Salem, NC (November 18, 2016) – Following an in-depth national search, Old Salem Museums & Gardens’ Board of Trustees voted earlier today to name Franklin Vagnone as the 11th president of the 66-year-old institution, which includes the Historic Town of Salem, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and the Gardens at Old Salem. Earlier this year, Old Salem announced the retirement of Ragan Folan, who has served as president and Chief Executive Officer since February 1, 2012. Vagnone will officially start full-time on March 1, 2017 but will work with Folan and Old Salem Chief Operating Officer Anthony Slater during a transition period beginning immediately. Click here for the complete media release.
Antiques Expertise a Christmas Gift on MESDA’s Website
Winston-Salem, NC (November 1, 2016) – On Christmas Day, MESDA’s gift to antiques collectors and historians everywhere is to make the museum’s complete research archive available online, free of charge. Click here for the complete media release.
Dianne H. Furr Moravian Decorative Arts Gallery
Winston-Salem, NC (August 8, 2016) – Old Salem Museums & Gardens is delighted to announce the opening this fall of a new self-guided gallery, the Dianne H. Furr Moravian Decorative Arts Gallery. The gallery will open to the public on October 22, 2016. Click here for the complete media release.
Folan Stepping Down as President of Old Salem
Winston-Salem, NC (February 12, 2016) – Ragan Folan, who has served as president and chief executive officer of Old Salem Museums & Gardens since February 1, 2012, will step down at the end of 2016. Click here for the complete media release.
Southern Furniture: Past and Future
Winston-Salem, NC (August 20, 2015) – The past and future of southern furniture history are revealed in two new articles recently published in the Mesda Journal, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts’ (MESDA) scholarly journal. These are the first of several articles that will be published in the Journal in celebration of MESDA’s 50th anniversary. Click here for the complete media release.