November 9, 2014

Saving Glen Lennox:
A Case Study in Developer and Community Partnership

A talk by Linda Jacobson and John Blythe.


The apartments at Glen Lennox opened in 1950 to alleviate the housing shortage in Chapel Hill after World War II. When the owner of Glen Lennox, Grubb Properties, announced plans in 2008 to redevelop the area, residents of the apartments and surrounding neighborhoods formed in opposition. Since then, Grubb Properties has worked with tenants, property owners, and the Town of Chapel Hill to create a development plan that will preserve some of the history and traits that distinguish the neighborhood.

May 18, 2014

The History of African-American Education in Chapel Hill

Learn about and celebrate the history of African- American education in Chapel Hill. Delores Clark, Esphur Foster, Esther McCauley, and Elaine Norwood shared memories of their school days in the old building that once sat on the site of the current school and served as a focal point for Chapel Hill's tight-knit African-American community in days gone by.

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

Tom Magnuson

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

Ernest Dollar

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.