On November 20, 1819, the General Assembly of North Carolina established government in the Town of Chapel Hill by appointing its first Commissioners. Two hundred years later, in the fall of 2019, we celebrate the agencies, organizations, peoples, and places that have made Chapel Hill the community it is today. Look for programs and projects that commemorate where we have been, who we are today, and what the future might hold.

To learn more about events happening elsewhere in the community, chapelhill1819.org.

  • Reconstruction, Redemption and the Ongoing Struggle for Freedom
    August 24, 2019
    10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    - A symposium featuring scholars and historians, sponsored by the Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP, OCCRC, and Chapel Hill Public Library. Light refreshments provided. Please bring your own lunch.

    Meeting Room B
  • 45 Years of Chapel Hill Transit
    September 4, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - It has been forty five years, since Chapel Hill Transit began providing transportation to the public under the stewardship of Mayor Lee and in partnership with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. To celebrate this occasion, the Town of Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill Transit are hosting a 45th anniversary celebration. We will have light hors d’oeuvres and an amazing program of speakers that will include Mayor Lee, who is largely responsible for starting the transit system.

    Meeting Room B
  • Just Another Lynching
    September 9, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - In collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for the Study of the American South, the Chapel Hill Public Library, and Flyleaf Books

    Join two of Carolina’s engaging scholars at the Chapel Hill Public Library as they discuss “Life & Death in the Jim Crow South” through the lens of their newly released books. Dr. William Sturkey, author of Hattiesburg: An American City in Black & White, will examine the lives of the people who struggled to uphold Jim Crow and those who fought to tear down a racist and unjust system. Dr. Seth Kotch, author of A Lethal State: A History of the Death Penalty in North Carolina, will explore Jim Crow’s relationship to the death penalty in North Carolina. A conversation with both authors, moderated by UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member Dr. Lyneise Williams, will follow.

    This event is free & open to the public.

    Copies of A Lethal State: A History of the Death Penalty in North Carolina by Seth Kotch and Hattiesburg: An American City in Black & White by William Sturkey will be available for purchase from Flyleaf Books.

    Meeting Room B

    Click here for a list of all 1819/2019 events.
  • Life & Death in the Jim Crow South
    September 26, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - In collaboration with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Center for the Study of the American South, the Chapel Hill Public Library, and Flyleaf Books

    Join two of Carolina’s engaging scholars at the Chapel Hill Public Library as they discuss “Life & Death in the Jim Crow South” through the lens of their newly released books. Dr. William Sturkey, author of Hattiesburg: An American City in Black & White, will examine the lives of the people who struggled to uphold Jim Crow and those who fought to tear down a racist and unjust system. Dr. Seth Kotch, author of A Lethal State: A History of the Death Penalty in North Carolina, will explore Jim Crow’s relationship to the death penalty in North Carolina. A conversation with both authors, moderated by UNC-Chapel Hill faculty member Dr. Lyneise Williams, will follow.

    This event is free & open to the public.

    Copies of A Lethal State: A History of the Death Penalty in North Carolina by Seth Kotch and Hattiesburg: An American City in Black & White by William Sturkey will be available for purchase from Flyleaf Books.

    Meeting Room B

    Click here for a list of all 1819/2019 events.
  • Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
    October 13, 2019
    2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    - A Wikipedia edit-a-thon is a public event where community members come together and collaborate on creating, editing, and adding to Wikipedia content. This session will focus on Wikipedia articles related to Chapel Hill’s past. As Wikipedia is one of the primary ways that people find out about our town, improving content there improves our appearance and engagement with Internet users and their understanding of our town - past, present, and future. You can contribute through knowledge, writing, or editing. Staff from Chapel Hill Public Library and the University Libraries at UNC-Chapel Hill will be on-hand to offer assistance.
  • Altered Chapel Hill: Teens
    October 26, 2019
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
    - Join local artist Wendy Spitzer (aka Felix Obelix) in taking vintage Chapel Hill postcards and altering them with your own creative twist. The artist will provide the vintage memorabilia and guide participants in making their own altered images. What you make will be showcased along with the artist’s in the pop-up exhibit at Studio 109. Meeting Room B

    Space is limited! Register online here

  • Artist Talk: Michael Schwalbe
    October 29, 2019
    6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
    - In 2015, artist Michael Schwalbe began photographing and interviewing town employees with the goal of including people in every department and division that serves Chapel Hill. The Chapel Hill Works project aims to create a visual record of public service workers and what they do, and to enhance understanding of and appreciation for the maintenance and service work necessary for communities to thrive. Schwalbe will unveil five photographs from the upcoming project and speak about his multi-year process. Meeting Room B

    Click here for a list of all 1819/2019 events.
  • Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
    October 28, 2019
    6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
    - A Wikipedia edit-a-thon is a public event where community members come together and collaborate on creating, editing, and adding to Wikipedia content. This session will focus on Wikipedia articles related to Chapel Hill’s past. As Wikipedia is one of the primary ways that people find out about our town, improving content there improves our appearance and engagement with Internet users and their understanding of our town - past, present, and future. You can contribute through knowledge, writing, or editing. Staff from Chapel Hill Public Library and the University Libraries at UNC-Chapel Hill will be on-hand to offer assistance. Meeting Room B

    Click here for a list of all 1819/2019 events.
  • Altered Chapel Hill: Adults
    November 4, 2019
    7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
    - Adults can join local artist Wendy Spitzer (aka Felix Obelix) in creating altered vintage Chapel Hill postcards. The artist will provide the vintage memorabilia and guide participants in making their own altered images. The completed images will be showcased along with the artist’s in the pop-up exhibit at Studio 109. Meeting Room B

    Space is limited. Register online here

  • Women in the Movement
    November 9, 2019
    3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
    - A celebration to honor the Chapel Hill women who fought for equality in the local civil rights movement

    We will screening a mini-documentary about the black women who participated in the local civil rights movement in the 60s. It will feature interviews with many of the women, including Betty Geer, Juanita Alston, Clem Self and Esphur Foster. Join us for this opportunity to honor these community elders who have pushed for social change in Chapel Hill Meeting Room B

  • Masters of the Future
    November 14, 2019
    6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
    - Enjoy a view into possible futures of Chapel Hill in this exhibit of curated works by local youth. On display, posters designed by local teens with their visions of what Chapel Hill's parks and greenways might develop into. You can also see community design plans dreamed up by local elementary schoolers with help from the Planning Department.

    Light refreshments will be served.

    Meeting Room B

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