The Chapel Hill Historical Society‘s program for November will take place on Sunday, November 24 at 3:00 at the Historical Society.
The Historical Society is located on the ground floor of 523 East Franklin Street. Parking is available behind the building as well as across Franklin Street in a university parking lot by UNC Press. The programs are free to attend, but becoming a member of the Historical Society or making a donation will continue to allow the Society to host such programs about the history of Chapel Hill and the surrounding communities.
When and how did Chapel Hill become part of the Global Village? What role did the telegraph play in re-opening the University in 1875? And what role did women telegraph operators play in bringing the news to Chapel Hill and reporting on sporting events in the mid-20th century? Thomas Jepsen, Chapel Hill author and historian, will answer these questions and more in his November 17 presentation on “Bringing the News to Chapel Hill: Women Operators and the Telegraph in North Carolina.” His talk will feature the little-known story of women telegraph operators in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the important role they played in the Chapel Hill community.