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Wendell Residents Who Served in World War II

Many people from Wendell answered the call to serve in the Armed Forces during World War II.  Al White will present a program on these veterans, the many places across the world their service carried them and some of the stories from their wartime experiences.

The program will be on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.  at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 125 S. Selma Road in Wendell. 

Friends of Wendell World War II veterans are welcome to attend and tell the stories of their relatives.


Wendell Museum

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.

Watch the WRAL-TV Tarheel Traveler story                 Read more about Jake May


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 rhinnant5@nc.rr.com.

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 High School Yearbooks 1933 to 1965

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.

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