• By Walkertown Branch
  • Posted Saturday, September 14, 2019

Katharine Reynolds's Educational Mission, 1913-1924: Free Lecture at Walkertown

The short life of Katharine Reynolds had a big influence on education in Winston-Salem. Hear how her model farm and other innovations still affect education in Forsyth County today.

From the creation of her model farm to the development of progressive schools in Reynolda Village and the city of Winston-Salem, Katharine Reynolds fulfilled a commitment to education first kindled at the Normal School in Greensboro. While Reynolda was a produce of its racially-separated era, it embodied a notable egalitarianism that touched children of black and white families, industrial tycoons and farming families, and even provided for illiterate laborers of the area. Though her early death limited the fulfillment of her various campaigns, her impact can be felt today at the R.J. Reynolds High School, Reynolda House, and other institutions of learning.

In partnership with the Reynolda House Museum of American Art. Sponsored by the Walkertown Area Historical Society.

Katharine Reynolds's Educational Mission, 1913-1924
Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 p.m.

Walkertown Branch Library
2969 Main St. Walkertown, NC 27051

Call (336) 703-2990 for more information.
Click here for driving directions.


Phil Archer is Betsy Main Babcock Deputy Director at Reynolda House Museum of American Art, where he has worked since 1997. He oversees the museum’s curatorial, program, education, archives, and collections departments. Exhibitions organized or managed by Archer include:

Wonder and Enlightenment: Artist-Naturalists in the Early American South
(2011), with an article published in the American Art Review
Partisans: Social Realism in American Art (2013-14)
The Art of Seating: Two Hundred Years of American Design (2014, co-curator)
Samuel F.B. Morse’s Gallery of the Louvre and the Art of Invention (2017)
Georgia O’Keeffe: Living Modern (2017)
Dorothea Lange’s America (2018)

In 2016, Archer was recognized by the Southeastern Museum Conference with its annual Outstanding Services to the Museum Profession Award. He represented Reynolda House during the design and construction of the Babcock Wing, completed in 2005, and co- directed an interpretation program of the historic site in 2003-05. In 2016-2018, he directed an expanded interpretation project resulting in a mobile app that encompasses the estate’s grounds, art collections, and archives. The project was funded by The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and received a Gold Medal in Technology from the Southeastern Museum Conference. He attended Wake Forest University and returned for a Master’s in Business Administration in 2006. Hobbies include gardening and carving miniature replicas of classical temples in walnut and mahogany.

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