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!

History of Hope Part 2 Exhibit Now Open!
Our new exhibit, A History of Hope, Part 2, Chapel Hill and UNC, 1930 – 1980, is open and ready for you at the Orange County Historical Museum!  

Part 1 covered the very beginnings of Chapel Hill, the University, and our people from pre-1793 – 1928. Part 2 continues the story by exploring people and events that defined the decades from the 1930s through the 1970s in words, photos, videos and music. Some of the highlights of the exhibit include a World War II WAVES uniform, timeline of the Civil Rights Movement in Chapel Hill, and the number 1 hit song of 1974.

What’s New

SAVE the DATE – 2023 Spring Programs

We’re working on our line-up programs for Spring 2023. Below are the tentative dates:
January 23 – James Cates Scholars Presentation
February 26
March 19
April 23
May 21

Click these links for YouTube recordings of 2020, 2021 programs and 2022 programs

Access to Collections and References

Our collections and reference materials are housed in the Community History Lab room at the Chapel Hill Public Library and are accessible for reading when the Lab is open and properly staffed. Materials are not allowed to be removed or used without supervision. If you would like our assistance with a research request or need access or help with materials, please email us at chhistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

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
Collections & Reference Materials
100 Library Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Contact Us

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