November 9, 2014
May 18, 2014
April 13, 2014
Merritt's Store and Grill: A Chapel Hill Tradition
Co-sponsored by the Britt Family
Merritt's Store and Grill has been a gathering place in Chapel Hill for decades, from its origins as a service station and general store operated by the legendary Eben Merritt to its current status as a nationally-known grill specializing in BLTs and the sounds of bluegrass music. See the video of the 85th anniversary celebration below:
March 9, 2014
Getting Around in the Southeastern US in the 17th and 18th Centuries
The presentation will focus on the physical and geographical aspects of ground transportation in the southeast in the 17th and 18th centuries. Tom's comments will include information on local travel and trade routes, specifically the Neuse-Eno and Haw fords and their influence on settlement patterns.
February 16, 2014
The History of the Strayhorn House
The Strayhorn house on Jones Ferry Road in Carrboro has been in the same family for at least six generations. Efforts to preserve the structure have begun by the Preservation Society, with some funding from the Town of Carrboro and others. The home is currently owned by a great-granddaughter and is occupied by fourth, fifth, and sixth generations of Toney and Nellie Strayhorn descendants.
January 19, 2014
The Occaneechi Tribe of the Saponi Nations in and around Orange County
John Blackfeather Jeffries
John "Blackfeather" Jeffries is a native of Orange County and a member of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, where he currently serves on the Tribal Council. In 1991, he co-founded the Traditional Occaneechi Heritage Foundation, an organization that teaches the Native tradition and culture.