The Chapel Hill Historical Society


Bringing the News to Chapel Hill: Women Operators and the Telegraph in North Carolina

Thomas C. Jepsen

Presentation and Reception
Sunday, November 24, 2013, 3:00 - 5:00 PM
523 East Franklin St.
Lower Level
Chapel Hill, NC

When and how did Chapel Hill become part of the Global Village? What role did the telegraph play in re-opening the University in 1875? And what role did women telegraph operators play in bringing the news to Chapel Hill and reporting on sporting events in the mid-20th century? Thomas Jepsen, Chapel Hill author and historian, will answer these questions and more in his presentation. His talk will feature the little-known story of women telegraph operators in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the important role they played in the Chapel Hill community. See the presenter's telegraphy web site.

Photo: Claudia Cannady (holding paper) and Lucille Ayers, Western Union office, Chapel Hill, October 3, 1958. From Roland Giduz Collection, North Carolina Collection, UNC-CH Libraries.

Free and open to the public. Call the Chapel Hill Historical Society for information: 919-929-1793.