Chapel Hill Historical Society

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

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.

Help support our mission: Join or Renew Your Membership Today!

BOOKS FOR HOLIDAY GIFT GIVING – Check out our online bookstore! https://chhs-books-online.myshopify.com/

What’s New

Save the Dates – 2022 Programs

Plans for our 2022 programs are underway. As of this writing, the timetables and requirements for holding in-person events at the Chapel Hill Library are still uncertain. As a result, it is likely that we will continue to use Zoom sessions for our initial 2022 programs. Updates will be provided here.

January 23, 2022 – “The Carolina Union Proudly Presents… Memories of the Tech Crew of Memorial Hall” – Scott Madry will discuss his recently published book of the same name and share some of his stories of the concerts, events, and performers from his years of working on the tech crew for the Carolina Union from 1969-1979.

February 20, 2022“Collective History: Stories of the Colonial Inn” – Author Amanda Boyd will talk about her recently published book that recounts stories about the Colonial Inn in Hillsborough. Her book shares stories from the inn’s almost 200-year history, paying homage to the proprietors, staff and guests. In addition, the book brings to life the legendary tales that have made the Colonial Inn such a beloved place with first-hand oral histories and never-before-seen photographs.

March (Date to be Determined) – “African American Trailblazers: The Making of a Mural” – Historical Society board member Dianne Pledger will provide an on-site tour of the recently completed African American Trailblazers mural, located at 111 South Merritt Mill Road. The mural, by artist Kiara Sanders, features twelve Black pioneers from the community. Ms. Pledger will discuss how the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority originated the idea for the mural and saw it through completion.

YouTube recordings of our 2021 programs are available here.

Temporary Closure of the Historical Society

As a result of the closure of the Chapel Hill Public Library due to the COVID-19 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.

Support Us

Join the Historical Society today or buy our books!
Find out more about supporting us here.


Business Office
109 N. Graham St., Suite 104
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
100 Library Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Contact Us

Chapel Hill Historical Society
P.O. Box 9032
Chapel Hill, NC 27515