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Bringing the News to Chapel Hill: Women Operators and the Telegraph in North Carolina

November 24, 2013 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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.

Presentation Summary:

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.


November 24, 2013
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Chapel Hill Historical Society


Chapel Hill Historical Society
523 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC United States
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