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

November 22, 2020-3pm Community History Award

Join us for this Zoom event where we will honor Mark Chilton with our first annual Community History Award. See the Upcoming Events for more information.The link for the program will be posted by November 19.
 

In Memoriam - Carl W. Anderson

We are sad to report that our valued colleague and long-time board member, Carl W. Anderson, has passed away. Carl was a strong advocate for the Chapel Hill Historical Society and worked tirelessly on its behalf. As a board member, Carl served in numerous capacities, including vice-president and part of our long-term planning committee. He provided leadership on a variety of projects, including documenting past presidents of the society, digitizing our archive of newsletters, and developing our web-based timeline of Chapel Hill history.
More recently, Carl was the driving force behind the update and re-publication of The Campus at Chapel Hill: 225 Years of Architecture. From the initial suggestion to update this unique book about UNC to final editing and publication, Carl managed all aspects of this project. He secured the services of UNC Art Historian JJ Bauer to write the addendum and worked with her to identify and photograph the buildings included in that addendum. He also helped to arrange the forward by Carol Folt, the eleventh  chancellor of the university, and to secure a short-term loan from the Federation of North Carolina Historical Societies to provide financial support. At the time of his death, Carl was actively involved in the research for and writing of The Copperline Chronicles: A History of the Kings Mill and Morgan Creek Neighborhoods that the Chapel Hill Historical Society will publish later this winter.
Carl’s wife, Mary, previously served on our board, and his sister, Lois Annab, is a current board member and chairs our program committee.
We will greatly miss Carl’s wise counsel and leadership. For those who may wish to honor Carl, the family has suggested that donations can be made to the Chapel Hill Historical Society or the North Carolina Botanical Garden.
 
Carl and Mary Anderson
Photo Courtesy of Johnny Randall

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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Upcoming Events
November 22
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
First Annual Community History Award
We will honor Mark Chilton with the first annual Community History Award. This award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in the acquisition, presentation ...
Watercolors by Eleanor Wiles
Watercolors by Eleanor Wiles