Chapel Hill Historical Society
Preserving the history of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and neighboring
communities in Orange County...for future generations.

Jan 24th Program Link - Orange County Agriculture

Join us on January 24th at 3pm for Peter Sandbeck's presentation on "Orange County's Agricultural Revolution: 1900-1970."
Here is the link for the Zoom presentation: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9091129297. If you are new to Zoom, you may want to read the Pointers for Navigating Zoom PDF document:.If you are having difficulty downloading the Zoom client to your computer, review these Instructions for Downloading a Zoom Client

The Copperline Chronicles Is Here

The Copperline Chronicles: A History of the Kings Mill - Morgan Creek Neighborhoods, our latest publication, is now available! Explore the fascinating history of one of Chapel Hill's most notable neighborhoods -- from its origin as farm land and the location of a grist mill, to its post-war development as a favored neighborhood by many UNC medical school faculty, to its current multigenerational neighborhood. Learn about its natural history, modernist architecture, famous residents (including singer/songwriter James Taylor's family) and cherished neighborhood stories and traditions. Click here to purchase your copy. 

Save the Dates - 2021 Virtual Programs

Save the dates for our upcoming 2021 virtual programs. All programs start at 3pm
  • January 24 - Orange County's Agricultural Revolution: 1900-1970 - The Transformation of Rural Life Shown Through Historic Photos - Peter Sandbeck, Orange County Cultural Resources Coordinator
  • February 21 - Yesah: Journeys of the Occaneechi - Tanya Day and Courtney Soling Smith, Orange County Historical Museum
  • March 14 - Evangeline Grant Briley: WUNC Pioneer - Katherine Charron, NC State Department of HIstory
  • April 25 - UNC A to Z - Cecelia Moore and Nicholas Graham
  • May 16 - Midway: A Virtual Tour of the Black Financial District - Danita Mason-Hogans, Project Manager for Center of Doumentaries Studies
You Tube videos of our fall programs are available on our Past Programs page!
 

Temporary Closure of the CH Historical Society

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AS A RESULT OF THE CLOSURE OF THE CHAPEL HILL PUBLIC LIBRARY DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, THE OFFICES AND READING ROOM OF THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY ARE ALSO CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC FOR AN INDEFINITE PERIOD. HOWEVER WE WILL CONTINUE TO ANSWER QUERIES ADDRESSED TO US AT CHHISTORICALSOCIETY@GMAIL.COM, OR VIA OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

 

The Chapel Hill Historical Society was founded in 1966 to research and document the history of Chapel Hill and the surrounding communities, to encourage and assist in the study of local history, and to provide public programs and publications related to the heritage and traditions of the area. Recent programs have included presentations on the University Woman's Club, Martin Luther King in Chapel Hill, and the restoration of the McCauley Cemetery.

Each year since 2008, the Society has identified Town Treasures - individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the community. These outstanding citizens are presented and honored at an awards ceremony with an exhibition of distinctive portraits and descriptive narratives of their service.

The Society has headquarters on the ground level of the Chapel Hill Public Library at 100 Library Drive. The public is invited to visit, explore maps and documents, and enjoy personal or historical research in bound volumes of The Chapel Hill News and the Chapel Hill Weekly from 1923 through 2010. There are a number of publications about local history for sale in our office and on our online bookstore, including Profiles of Chapel Hill Since 1900: People, Places, Events, by John Douglas Eyre, and The Campus at Chapel Hill, written in 1986 by John V. Allcott and re-issued in 2019 with an addendum by JJ Bauer.

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On this day in Chapel Hill History
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Upcoming Events
January 24
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Orange County's Agricultural Revolution: 1900-1970 - Peter Sandbeck
Orange County's Cultural Resources Coordinator, Peter Sandbeck, will provide an overview of this remarkable period of change in Orange County's agricultural history using historic photos. ...
February 21
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Yésah: Journeys of the Occaneechi at the Orange County Historical Museum.
Yésah: Journeys of the Occaneechi at the Orange County Historical Museum. Tanya Day (manager) and Courtney Soling Smith (program coordinator), will give a virtual tour of the ...
Watercolors by Eleanor Wiles
Watercolors by Eleanor Wiles