Preserving the history of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and neighboring
communities in Orange County...for future generations.
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. To hear more about this book, click here
for Tom Jepsen's interview on WCHL
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 - Bringing Black Power to UNC-TV: Evangeline Grant and Heritage of Hope - Katherine Charron, NC State Department of HIstory and Clayton Weaver
- 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
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.
Visit our Online Bookstore! Members receive a 10% discount. Use discount code MEMBERS!
3:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Bringing Black Power to UNC-TV: Evangeline Grant and Heritage of Hope
In the early 1970s, Evangeline Grant became the first African American to work at UNC-TV. She co-produced Thursday’s Child, a series that investigated school desegregation in ...