About Us

The Chapel Hill Historical Society is a nonprofit 501(c) community history organization 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.
The Historical Society is primarily funded by yearly memberships from donors.

The Historical Society is supervised by a volunteer board of directors listed below.

Board Members 2023

President: Richard Ellington
Vice President: Joe Petrizzi
Treasurer: Thomas Jepsen
Secretary: Ann Browning

Board Members:
Catie Atkinson
Christina Benson
Danita Mason-Hogans
Missy Julian-Fox
Marsha Jepsen
Samantha Pell

Access to Collections and Research Materials
The Chapel Hill Historical Society is in a moment of transition. We are in the process of moving our collections into storage as the Chapel Hill Public Library requests that we vacate by the end of 2023. During this time and as we continue our search for a new permanent location, our collection will gradually be on the move and will require coordination for viewing. Please contact us via email (chhistoricalsociety@gmail.com) or our office phone (919-929-1793) if you need access to our collections and we will make arrangements for you to use them.

Contact Us

  • Business Office: 109 N. Graham Street, Suite 104, Chapel Hill NC 27516
  • Mailing Address: Chapel Hill Historical Society, P.O. Box 9032, Chapel Hill, NC 27515
  • Phone: 919-929-1793
  • Email: chhistoricalsociety@gmail.com

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