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Historic Places

Starting off as a popular home for two tribes of Native Americans and developing into one of the most globally notable cities for technology, innovation, education, and health care, it is of little surprise that Durham boasts a historically noteworthy past.

After the war effectively ended, Durham is where the South’s industrial revolution started with tobacco and textile industries, where the Civil Rights movement gained significant traction, and where one of the nation’s premier universities made its home. Framed by the structural skeletons of its bygone days, Durham is blazing a path forward making new history everyday.

Durham Civil War

Durham's Role in the Civil War

Help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by learning more about the people and places affected by war between the states. See more...

Durham Contemporary African Americans

Explore African-American History

From music to education to a key role in the Civil Rights movement, Durham's African-American community has made tremendous contributions. See more...

Picked Bits of History

Picked Bits of History

Durham is home to the world’s largest privately held collection of Gibson flathead five-string Mastertone banjos made between 1930 and 1942...See more...

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October 24 - 24, 2014

Durham Symphony Orchestra Halloween Spooktacular Concert

An evening of fun-filled musical offerings for the whole family including holiday inspired works by Copeland, Stravinsky, Saint Saëns and Williams. Paperhand Puppet Intervention, creator of giant puppets, masks and shadow plays joins the DSO in staged performances of Gounod's Funeral March of a Marionette and Stravinsky's Infernal Dance of King Katschei from the Firebird Suite. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. Food trucks, beginning at 6pm. Best Costume contest. Hands-on instrument fun with High Strung Petting Zoo. Special guests Faith Baptist Church Children's Choir. FREE admission.

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Durham African-American Heritage Guide

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