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.

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ZOOM LINK FOR SUNDAY, OCT 17th Program : The Past Remains Present in Our Schools:
Time: Oct 17, 2021 03:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 909 112 9297

What’s New

Save the Dates – 2021 Virtual Programs

Below is our line-up for fall 2021 programs. We will be posting additional information about these sessions on our Programs page. Information and recordings of past Zoom programs are available on our Past Programs page

October 17: “The Past Remains Present in Our Schools”
Kim Talikoff will share the locally produced documentary, I’m Smart, TooIntegrated Schools, Segregated Students. The film uses a historical framework to explore dynamics which amplify racial disparities within the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City School system today. The audience will be invited to participate in a discussion about the film and the issues it asks us to confront. Zoom Link:
Meeting ID: 909 112 9297

November 21: Historical Chapel Hill Mapping – John Sweet, UNC Associate Professor of History will discuss and share his project to use census and other records to map the history of Chapel Hill. More information on this project is available at historicchapelhill.org.

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.

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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