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Set in the Southern Part of Heaven: Chapel Hill Through Authors’ Eyes


This exhibition looks at the town of Chapel Hill as it appears in novels, stories, and memoirs. Set in the Southern Part of Heaven: Chapel Hill Through Authors’ Eyes features 35 books by both professional and amateur writers. Included are historical accounts, short stories, mysteries, and even a fantasy-tinged romance with scenes that take place in Gimghoul Castle. More information here.

Through October 2, 2016
North Carolina Collection Gallery
Free and open to the public

The Presidents in the Library: from Washington to Obama


As the nation prepares to elect its 45th President, an exhibition at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Wilson Special Collections Library offers a look back at Presidents 1 through 44. The Presidents in the Library: from Washington to Obama represents every American President through documents, letters, news stories, books, art, and objects that are part of the Library’s special collections. For more information see the Library’s news blog.

Through January 8, 2017
Melba Remig Saltarelli Exhibit Room
Free and open to the public

ABCs of Special Collections


The main floor of Wilson Library is now home to a new display in what will be an ongoing series showcasing the diversity and variety of Wilson collections. ABCs of Special Collections borrows its title and concept from John Carter’s ABC for Book Collectors, a celebrated reference text that contains over 450 definitions of technical terms related to book collecting. The display will be updated periodically with new words, new definitions, and, most exciting of all, new books.

Grants will preserve rare music recordings in Southern Folklife Collection


Two grants totaling $45,000 will help to preserve rare musical recordings in the Southern Folklife Collection. The recordings include performances by traditional North Carolina musicians Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten and Arthel Lane “Doc” Watson. Using awards from the GRAMMY Foundation and the National Recording Preservation Foundation, the SFC will create archival copies of the fragile recordings and place them online for the first time. “These sounds are a national treasure,” said Steve Weiss, curator of the SFC. “We cannot wait to bring them to fresh generations of listeners, researchers, students, and fans.”

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