New Winston Museum Showcases Stories of the Region
“Now the Battle Din is O’er” was appropriately enough the last tune played for General Robert E. Lee. It was also the last music played by the 26th Regiment North Carolina Troops, made up of Moravian musicians from Salem. In February, New Winston Museum in collaboration with the Moravian Music Foundation hosted performances of this historic music along with the touching “When the Swallows Homeward Fly” performed for Lee on the evening of the surrender at Appomattox, VA, and others.
The New Winston Museum, now in its second year of operation, showcases and preserves the many fascinating stories of this region from 1849 to present with oral histories, research, education, and collaboration. The museum’s lecture-recital The War At Home included live performances of these powerful wartime songs with Tenor Glen Siebert, pianist and Moravian Music Foundation Director Dr. Nola Reed Knouse, and commentary by research advisor Phillip Dunigan. The exhibit The War At Home will remain on display through June 28th. Nola and Phillip spoke with David Ford about it and they were joined by New Winston Museum Director of Education and Programming Chris Jordan.