Chapel Hill Historical Society

Town Treasures

The Chapel Hill Historical Society recognizes these individuals and couples for their contributions to the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro over the years. The program began in 2008, and continues as one of the Historical Society's most well-attended events. Each individual received a commendation from the Mayor's office, which was read aloud at the event. The photographs and citations are on view at the Seymour Center on Homestead Road, as are the documents from previous years.

2016 Town Treasures

The 2016 Town Treasures event was organized by a committee consisting of Sarah Geer, Richard Ellington, Barbara Pipkin, Marsha Jepsen, and Tom Jepsen. Susan Worley and Valerie Yow assisted with interviews. The photography was contributed by David Gellatly and Bill Burlingame. This year, proclamations were presented by Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger and Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle. The Historical Society is grateful to the Chapel Hill Public Library for its generous support. You can find photos and biographies of each of our 2016 Town Treasures below:

Lula Alston    Shirley and Marvin Block    Woody Durham    Henry Jones   
George Lensing    Peggy Misch    Gordon Neville    lisa_price   

2015 Town Treasures

The 2015 Town Treasures event was organized by a committee consisting of Eleanor Morris, Marsha Jepsen, and Tom Jepsen. Bill Burlingame, Marlene Dickison, and Valerie Yow assisted with interviews. The photography was contributed by Bob Schreiner and Linda Jacobson. The Historical Society is grateful to the Chapel Hill Public Library for its generous support. You can find photos and biographies of each of our 2015 Town Treasures below:

Daphne Athas    Mary Alice Eckman    Marian Cheek Jackson    William Leuchtenburg    Ken Moore   
Gertrude Rogers Nunn    Joseph Polcaro    Frances Lloyd Shetley    Robert Edward Strayhorn   

2014 Town Treasures

The 2014 Town Treasures event was organized by a committee consisting of Laurie Norman, Eleanor Morris, Philip Brown, and Tom Jepsen. The photography was contributed by Michael Hobbs and writing by Lindsay Ogles. The Historical Society is grateful to the Chapel Hill Public Library for its generous support. You can find photos and biographies of each of our 2014 Town Treasures below:

Irene Briggaman    Ken Broun    Arthur DeBerry    Pat Evans   
Elizabeth Gervais-Gruen    Verla Insko    Lee Pavao    Nancy Preston   

2013 Town Treasures

Laurie Norman coordinated this year's event, along with Eleanor Morris. The photography was contributed by Michael Hobbs and writing by Margot Lester and Elizabeth Swaringen. The Historical Society is grateful to the Seymour Center for its generous support. You can find photos and biographies of each of our 2013 Town Treasures below:

Leo W. Wagoner    Phyllis Sockwell    Jacob "Jake" Hardee    Jonathan Howes    William and Anne McLendon   
Milton Julian    James and Florence Peacock    Prince Taylor, Sr.    Virginia Merritt Grantham   

2012 Town Treasures

This exhibit of photographs and memoirs honors individuals who have guided, protected, taught and led the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Chapel Hill native and professional photographer, Catharine Carter, captured images of these Town Treasures and The Chapel Hill Historical Society compiled their favorite recollections and their hopes for the future. Each honoree was asked to reflect on four questions:

  1. Which of your contributions do you find most gratifying?
  2. What is the most significant way the community has changed?
  3. What is your fondest memory of Chapel Hill and Carrboro?
  4. What is your hope for the future of our community?

The annual recognition of Town Treasures has been a project of the Chapel Hill Historical Society that fulfills the mission of making the past present. In honoring these individuals, we give them a heartfelt "Thank you!" and aim to inspire others to actively serve our community. You can find photos and biographies of each of our 2012 Town Treasures below:

Alice Gordon    James and Elizabeth Bryan    Dolores Clark    Everette Lloyd    Harriet and Kimball King   
Joseph L. Nassif    Joyce Brown    Lindy Pendergrass    Thelma Perkins   

2008 - 2011 Town Treasures

You can find photos and biographies of previous CHHS Town Treasures here.

The biographies are in PDF format and require Adobe Reader in order to view them.

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