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Stop reading this and get back to work, so you can leave before 3 p.m. today and get to Morehead Planetarium in time for the first in a series of specialized tours of campus. This afternoon, UNC historic preservationist Wendy Hillis takes you on a walk around campus to point out architectural features that you’ve seen but maybe not paid attention to.

Don has been on the Black and Blue tour and highly recommends it. You’ll learn things about the relationship between blacks and UNC over the centuries that go way beyond the statue of Silent Sam. If the other tours are half as good, they are worth braving a chilly drizzle.

Tours start at 3 p.m. at the UNC Visitors Center inside Morehead Planetarium, 250 E. Franklin St. Here is the fall tour schedule:

Sept. 16: architecture, led by Wendy Hillis, UNC historic preservationist

Sept. 23: “Black and Blue” tour of UNC’s historical landmarks in context of UNC’s racial history, led by Tim McMillan, adjunct assistant professor in the African and Afro-American studies department

Sept. 30: cemetery tour, led by Stephen Rich, Chapel Hill Preservation Society

Oct. 7: Coker Arboretum, led by natural science educator, N.C. Botanical Garden

Oct. 14: Carolina classic historical tour, led by Missy Julian-Fox, Visitors’ Center director

Oct. 28: The Noble Grove: A Walking Tour of Trees, led by Tom Bythell, UNC campus forest manager with Jill Coleman, UNC landscape architect

Nov. 4: sustainability tour, led by Cindy Shea, director of the UNC Sustainability Office, and UNC student EcoReps

Nov. 18: archaeology tour, led by Meg Kassabaum, research assistant, Research Labs of Archaeology

Dec. 2: architecture, led by Wendy Hillis, UNC historic preservationist

UNC Visitors’ Center contact: Missy Julian Fox, (919) 962-1630,
– Nancy Oates

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  1. WJW

     /  September 16, 2011

    Thank you for the information on what sounds like an interesting outing to do. However, since all of these walks are on Fridays, and that is a work day for me, not something that I can do.

  2. Linda Convissor

     /  September 16, 2011

    Just wanted to say thank you for spreading the word about the tours. The campus is such a wonderful and special place and it’s important that local residents know they are welcome to enjoy it.

  3. It’s quite interesting how some of the architectural flares we associate with UNC came to be.

    If you want to follow up on Wendy’s tour, I highly recommend former UNC Dept. of Art’s John Alcott’s book “The campus at Chapel Hill: two hundred years of architecture.”, an excellent overview of the evolution of UNC’s campus.

    I’ve “eavesdropped” on the “Black and Blue” tour many times – an excellent review of a chapter in UNC’s history which went ignored way too long.