Two Hundred Year Celebration Continues For Chapel Hill

Post Date:09/19/2019 4:46 PM
CHAPEL HILL 1819/2019

The celebration continues for the Town of Chapel Hill’s commemorative series, Chapel Hill 1819/2019, recognizing two hundred years of local government and the many organizations and departments that have made – and continue to make – Chapel Hill vibrant. Multiple Town and community partners will host events this fall to recognize this community milestone.

Some of September’s events include a historic walking tour, an outdoor art installation and book launch. These events offer diverse and engaging opportunities for audiences to participate in the 200th anniversary. These events don’t just skim the surface but delve deeper into the untold stories of the people, places, buildings and more that make Chapel Hill its own unique community. “I hope by sharing memories of Chapel Hill, the community can continue to see the greatness of this place we call home,” says community historian Jerry Neville who will lead a walking tour around the historical Northside neighborhood.


September series events include:

Jerry Neville’s Chapel Hill Walking Tour | Friday, Sept. 20, 1–2 p.m.  Hargraves Community Center
Discuss Chapel Hill during segregation, integration and gentrification.

The Campus at Chapel Hill’ Book Launch and Reception | Friday, Sept. 20, 6–7 p.m. Hanes Art Center, John and June Allcott Gallery
Celebrate the updated and expanded edition of John V. Allcott’s The Campus at Chapel Hill: 225 Years of Architecture.

Craig Walsh 1971 Discussion | Friday, Sept. 20, 7:30–8:30 p.m. Chapel Hill Public Library
Join outdoor projection art, 1971, honorees and installation curators Gloria Thomas (Carolina Women’s Center) and Jennifer Standish (Southern Oral History Program) for a conversation about intersecting social, civil, and personal histories.

UNC Architecture Tour | Saturday, Sept. 21, 10–11:30 a.m. Davie Poplar, McCorkle Place
This tour will highlight the many interesting stories built into campus architecture history.

‘The Campus at Chapel Hill’ Panel Discussion | Sunday, Sept. 22, 3–4 p.m. Chapel Hill Public Library
A discussion on the updated edition of John V. Allcott’s The Campus at Chapel Hill: 225 Years of Architecture.

Re/Collecting Chapel Hill Podcast, episode 2: Young, Gifted and Black | Monday, Sept. 23
Learn about the lives of two people whose names are engraved in the Peace and Justice Plaza market.

Life and Death in the Jim Crow South | Thursday, Sept. 26, 67 p.m. Chapel Hill Public Library
A discussion and book signing with Dr. William Sturkey (UNC History) and Dr. Seth Kotch (UNC American Studies).

Events are being added weekly and the 200 year observance will culminate with the unearthing and opening a twenty five year old time capsule taking place at the Town’s Bicentennial celebration in November. To see what the current program offerings are, or to submit an idea for an event, visit the series website at or the Town’s website at

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