Guiding Framework

Collaborative co-creation among Chapel Hill history makers, historians, local government, and community members in initiating, designing, and sharing public history projects, programs, and exhibits.

Guiding Values

  • Inclusive & Collaborative. We want to learn from the community through conversation and listening. We seek to find, document, and share stories that have not been fully told. We hope to bring new generations into the conversations about our shared histories.
  • Accurate & Contextual. Resilient communities must reckon with their past in a collaborative, inclusive way. Such work allows us to enter honestly into difficult conversations about how we have arrived at our present and what we hope for our future.
  • Transparent & Ethical. We want to honestly grapple with primary source documents, existing oral histories, secondary source accounts, and memories of living history makers. We seek to clearly document all sources used while acknowledging that history is imperfect. Our work is living history: open to new information and revision.
  • Timely. When possible, we seek to honor our history makers for their actions within their lifetimes. This work is in tribute to those who were, in the words of Harold Foster, “disobedient to those who told us to be obedient, but obedient to our own consciences.”


  • coming soon
  • Klaus, Mandella, Molly