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200 Year Celebration, Programming Continues

Post Date:10/22/2019 1:48 PM
 Fire Department Vintage

The Town of Chapel Hill is recognizing the remarkable local organizations and Town departments that make the community flourish through the celebratory series, Chapel Hill 1819/2019. This series honors “200 Years of Getting Better, Together” and is dedicated to acknowledging the history - and celebrating the future - of Chapel Hill.

Programs and projects continue for Chapel Hill 1819/2019 offering community members of all ages, diverse ways to learn about the Town and engage with the history which has shaped it. October events include art workshops for adults and teens, a Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon and a public tour of the Town’s Fire Department featuring a beloved puppet show, “Johnnie Joins the Fire Department”. Chief Sullivan of Chapel Hill Fire Department is thrilled to unveil a vintage fire truck at the open house, which once toured the streets of Chapel Hill. “We hope community members of all ages can come to the open house to learn the inner workings of their fire department, meet some of our dedicated employees and learn why we love what we do,” Sullivan said.

Each event in the commemorative series, Chapel Hill 1819/2019, offers a way to come together with the residents of Chapel Hill and learn what makes this Town so special. October programming includes:

  • Fire Department Open House | Saturday, Oct. 26, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The Fire Place, 300 Meadowmont Village Circle See the Town’s first fire truck, vintage fire gear and the department’s puppet show “Johnnie Joins the Fire Department”.
  • Altered Chapel Hill: Teen Workshop | Saturday, Oct. 26, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room B Create altered vintage images of Chapel Hill with local artist Wendy Spitzer (aka Felix Obelix). Space is limited!
  • Chapel Hill Then and Now Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon | Monday, Oct. 28, 6 to 8 p.m. Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room A Take part in improving the materials and text on the Chapel Hill Wikipedia pages with the help of UNC-Chapel Hill’s University Library staff.
  • Chapel Hill Works: Artist Talk | Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Room A Artist Michael Schwalbe will unveil five photographs of maintenance and service workers of Chapel Hill.

The Town of Chapel Hill will continue to celebrate the 200 year observance through Nov. 20, 2019, honoring the day the General Assembly formed Chapel Hill local government 200 years ago. To see the current program offerings, visit the series website at www.chapelhill1819.org or the Town’s website at www.townofchapelhill.org.



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