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Memories and War: Sterographs of WWI

In honor of the World War I Centennial  and in coordination with the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough and the Hillsborough Garden Club's Poppy Project, this exhibition shows a group of stereographs from the museum’s collection. 

Warning: many of the images in this exhibition are graphic. 


Exhibition dates: April 27, 2018 - November 25, 2018

Free and open to the public.

Click, Clack, Typewriters, and Authors

The typewriter is one of the great inventions of modernity. Once it began being widely used, the typewriter quickly changed the act of writing forever. It completely altered communications overall and became a critical tool for businesses and writers in a time when handwriting was still the primary method of non-verbal communication. This exhibition examines the technological innovations illustrated by several typewriters and allows the viewer to see the evolution of this machine throughout the 20th century. It also explores some of the famous authors who used these types of machines to produce their works. 

Exhibition dates: April 3, 2018 - July 1, 2018

Free and open to the public.

June 6th, 6-8 PM - Board Mixer

Love Orange County and history? Join us at the Orange County Historical  Museum for an open house and learn more about how you can become part of  our Board of Directors. Enjoy a Q&A with our Board and  refreshments. 

The  Board provides governance for the museum. Our board members are diverse  in age and experience, but have a common passion for history and for working with the community. 

Find out more about how you can join and the benefits of participation!

June 9, 4-6PM - Panel Discussion "My Typewriter and I Write a Book"

The Orange County Historical Museum proudly presents, "My Typewriter and I Write a Book," a panel discussion with Allan Gurganus, Nancy Peacock, Chris Vitiello and Elizabeth Woodman. 

Join us for an engaging conversation with our award-winning panelists as they explore the succession of handwriting to typewriters to computers and the subsequent impact on writing and publishing. 

Refreshments will be provided.

Summer Movie Series

This  summer, the Orange County Historical Museum will show vintage movies.  Historian and Orange County native Ernest Dollar will present historical  context for each of these historically significant movies.

Movie dates and times:

June 8 - Elizabeth Cotten, 7pm

 Elizabeth Cotten won a Grammy at age 91 in 1984 for her unique blues  style. Born in Carrboro, Cotten was rediscovered by the Seeger family  during the folk revival of the 1960s. This film features an interview by  Mike Seeger, as well as songs performed by this Orange County legend.

July 20 - Doug Clark, 7pm
Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts were a college party staple. Performing at  colleges across the United States, the Clark brothers entertained  countless with their bawdy rock and roll. This film was the last  recorded interview with Doug Clark before his death in 2002 as part of  an exhibit at the OCHM.

August 10 – Kay Kyser, 7pm
Kay Kyser and Georgia Carroll star in the 1943 comedy “Around The  World”. Kyser was a graduate of UNC and became world famous for his  “Kollege of Musical Knowledge” radio program and his big band. This is  one of the few features with Kyser and his future wife, Georgia Kyser  (nee Carroll). The two married and retired to Chapel Hill where Georgia  helped found the Preservation Society.

Individual tickets are $10 and available through Eventbrite.  

Bike Through Time in Historic Hillsborough Saturday, June 16, 2018, 11AM-1PM

Meet at Tryon Street Public Parking Lot


Historian and Orange County native Ernest Dollar will take participants on a leisurely bike tour of Hillsborough. The bike tour will offer an expanded scope of Hillsborough’s unique heritage and small-town charm. Participants will explore 1,000 years of Hillsborough’s history and learn about the diverse peoples who have called this place home.

Space is limited. Register by June 12th! Cost is $10 per person. Ticket are available through Eventbrite

Meet at Tryon Street Public Parking Lot