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Moravian restoration – Drive nears end

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By Todd Cohen

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Old Salem, a restored Moravian town at the original site of Salem, has raised more than $23.5 million in its $25 million capital campaign, which it expects to complete within the next year, possibly with a higher goal.

The campaign, which began in the spring of 1998, will support a series of restoration projects and other initiatives over the next 10 years.

The campaign, Old Salem’s biggest ever and five times the size of its campaigns in 1984 and 1992, is chaired by community volunteer Ann C. Ring, with Wachovia chief Bud Baker serving as honorary chair.

Big gifts include $500,000 from Wachovia and $250,000 from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.

Also counted in the campaign are a $3 million appropriation by state lawmakers, a $600,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a $2 million grant to Winston-Salem State University from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to help restore St. Philips Church, the oldest standing black church in North Carolina.

Other projects supported by the campaign construction of a new visitors center; a major upgrade of the complex’ communications system; restoration of the Timothy Vogler Gunshop and the Herbst House; reconstruction of a tannery and brewery; and construction of a new research facility.

The campaign also is adding $4 million to Old Salem’s endowment, which totals $37.5 million.

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