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People + Place Speaker Series: Postcards from Durham

Postcards from Durham

From the collection of street historian John Schelp

To know Durham history is to know ‘the ridge.’ Main Street and the railroad tracks follow an east-west ridge. Durham’s cotton mills, tobacco factories, colleges, hospitals, City Hall, County Courthouse and earliest shopping districts are all located up near the ridge. This pattern repeats along the ridge that is Fayetteville Street. As a result, most of the postcards in this collection show landmarks found near the ridge: from Erwin Mills and Trinity College in the West — to Durham Hosiery and Golden Belt in the East.

John will show more than sixty vintage postcards from his collection and share some local history along the way.

Parking: Free parking is available directly at the rear of the Chesterfield building.