Kicking off New Winston Museum’s 2015 Salon Series will be three events that take a look at “A Town Built on Tobacco” The first event, “Tobacco from Jamestown to Winston-Salem,” will take place on January 22nd at 12:00pm Elizabeth Chew, the Betsy Main Babcock Director of the Curatorial and Education Division at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, will outline tobacco in America from its earliest days, providing us with the background of an industry that has played such a significant role in shaping Winston-Salem. The lecture will examine the importance of tobacco to the success of the British colonies in North America and its continuing role in American history, including in the growth of the economy of the New South after the Civil War.
Elizabeth Chew is the Betsy Main Babcock Director of the Curatorial and Education Division at Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Prior to arriving in Winston-Salem in February 2013 she was curator at Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s plantation, for 13 years. She is an art historian who has who has lectured and published widely on topics ranging from slavery to American portraiture to female art and architectural patronage.
This event is part of New Winston Museum’s 2015 Salon Series calendar.