Memory & Meaning in Southern Silver

September 20-21, 2024 Winston-Salem, NC

Memory & Meaning

in Southern Silver

September 20-21, 2024

Silver and memory are deeply linked as individuals often commission pieces to mark significant moments in their lives and then pass those objects along to future generations. Please plan to join us on September 20th and 21st as we delve into the lives of southern silver makers and patrons who used silver to create memory and meaning in the early American South. 

Featured speakers include Ben Miller of Shrubsole and the Magazine ANTIQUE’s Curious Objects podcast, author and scholar Catherine Hollan, and Colonial Williamsburg’s Erik Goldstein.

In addition to an opening keynote and a day of dynamic lectures, attendees will also have an opportunity to examine MESDA’s silver collection up close during an open house in the MESDA study rooms.


Please register online below or call Melissa Bertram at (336) 721-7328 to register over the phone.

Individual Ticket   $325.00 ($315.00 for Society Members)
Virtual Registration   Suggested Donation
In-Person Registration includes the keynote lecture and reception, one pastry breakfast, one coffee break, one lunch, all lectures proposed on the agenda, and an admission ticket to Old Salem Museums & Gardens.  Attendees will also receive exclusive access to the recordings of the lectures for a limited period of time after the program concludes.

Please note that members of the Frank L. Horton Society receive priority registration privileges, as well as a discount on their tickets.  To receive your Frank L. Horton Society discount, please be sure you register and/or sign in with your Old Salem Museums & Gardens username and password.  If you would like to join the Frank L. Horton Society, or if you would like to learn more, please click here.




5:00 pm
Opening Reception and Keynote by Ben Miller (Curious Objects)
Keynote lecture sponsored by Catherine Hollan



8:30 am
Doors open at the Old Salem Visitors Center
9:15 am Welcome
9:30 am Catherine Hollan – Why Reassess Southern Silver Scholarship
Sponsored by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
10:15 am Alexandra MacDonald – “To brighten every painful hour:” The Follet Family Sampler
10:35 am
Coffee Break
11:00 am
Erik Goldstein – Williamsburg’s “Madison” Horse Racing Trophy
Sponsored by Catherine Hollan
11:30 am
Cynthia Jenkins – Historic Beaufort’s “Hamar Cup”
12:00 pm
1:00 pm
Charlotte Crabtree – Coconut Cups & Dippers
Sponsored by Leland Little Auctions
1:45 pm
Emily Whitted – Wealth from the Water: Murky Metal in the Shadow of the Santee River, 1785-2003
2:10 pm
Emily Campbell – Thomas Campbell, Winchester, Virginia Silversmith
3:00 pm
Collection Open House in the MESDA Galleries
4:00 pm
Closing Reception at MESDA




Henry and Melinda Frierson

Catherine Hollan



Fairfield Inn & Suites Winston-Salem Downtown: The Historic Brookstown Inn:
125 S Main St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Group Name: MESDA Conference
Rate: $139/night + tax
Link to book here!
Last day to book is Wednesday, August 21st by 5 pm.
200 Brookstown Ave
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Group Name: MESDA
Rate: $159/night + tax
Link to book here!
Last day to book is Tuesday, August 20th by 5 pm.

Registrants who cancel at least two weeks prior to a program will receive a full refund minus a $50 handling fee.  No refunds will be given for cancellations that occur less than two weeks prior to the event.