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!

What’s New

Save the Dates – 2021 Virtual Programs

Our spring 2021 program season has ended, but YouTube videos of them are available on our Past Programs page!

We are planning our fall program line-up and will post information on the Programs page.

Tentative plans include:
— September 19: Conducting Oral Histories
— October 17: “I’m Smart, Too” – Integrated Schools, Segregated Students

Fiscal Years 2020-2021 Annual Report 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.


Chapel Hill Historical Society
100 Library Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27516

Contact Us

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