Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all Wendell Historical Society programs are on hold until further notice. The Society will not host a July 4th event this year, but the Town of Wendell is working on some alternate plans to celebrate Independence Day in a safe and healthy manner.
Wendell Historical Society Newsletter
Read the first edition of Gold Leaf Notes, the Wendell Historical Society newsletter.
A Wendell museum is on the horizon! For a number of years, the Wendell Historical Society has pursued the goal of establishing a Wendell museum. We have obtained a building and work is underway. Opening is planned for late 2020. Learn more about the Wendell Museum.
The Story of Wendell’s Jake May
The left handed pitcher who twice struck out Babe Ruth in World Series games with his “jug handle curve ball” Jake May was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in Spring 2018.
Our Ongoing Programs
Wendell High School Yearbooks – Digital NC
The Wendell Historical Society has been collecting year books from Wendell high schools and having them digitized in to the Digital NC collection for free online access to all. Recently added were Vaiden Whitley High School yearbooks for 1966-1968. We are seeking Wendell High School yearbooks for the years 1934, 1935 and 1938. We would like to borrow these from the owners so they can be scanned into the Digital NC collection at UNC and then they will be returned. If you have any of these yearbooks, please contact Ray Hinnant at 919-365-3228 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Historical Society has already contributed all Wendell High School yearbooks 1933 to 1965 (except those three years) to the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center.
Wendell’s Veterans – On display at Universal Chevrolet
The photo display of Wendell veterans that was created for a past 4th of July Celebration is on display at the Universal Chevrolet showroom on Main St. Stop by if you have not seen this wonderful compilation of Wendell history. Thank you to Paul White and Universal Chevrolet for hosting this display.