The Community Histories Workshop (CHW) is a mission-driven, innovative, collaborative, and community-engaged organizational structure based at UNC-Chapel Hill. Through collaborative efforts, we develop new avenues for communities to explore and enjoy their history. We create valuable educational and professional experiences by connecting UNC staff, faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students to everyday people, historical organizations, and historical reuse developers in recovering, preserving, and sharing the narrative of a community’s past and future transformation.
Since growing out of the UNC Digital Innovation Lab in 2016, CHW has been affiliated with UNC’s Center for Urban and Regional Studies (CURS). Join the CURS listserv to stay updated on our projects and to be informed about events.
Read our Statement of Principles
Community Histories Workshop creates new avenues for communities to explore and enjoy their history by connecting with local partners in recovering, preserving, and sharing the narratives of past and future transformation.
Inspired communities engaged in the process of their own revitalization.
We believe in:
Serving the public first through accessible technology and community history
Honoring shared narratives and memory
Encouraging and facilitating private, public, academic, and local collaboration
Building integrity and trust in all of our relationships
Connecting local expertise with academic expertise
Capacity building in local community organizations
Leading mission-driven work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill with undergraduates, graduates, staff, and faculty
Exploring interdisciplinary approaches to finding a community’s story