UNC Visitors’ Center to launch ‘Priceless Gem’ tours on Friday, Sept 12, 2011
The Visitors’ Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will begin offering a new series of free tours for the public on Friday (Sept. 16). Tours in the “Priceless Gem Series,” (which takes its name from a line in the UNC alma mater “Hark the Sound”) will be given most Fridays at 3 p.m., starting from UNC Visitors’ Center, located inside Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, 250 E. Franklin St.
University experts will lead these distinctive walking tours on various topics of interest. From archeology to architecture to the African-American experience to today’s sustainability issues, tours will offer a range of information and perspective.
Here is the schedule for the tours planned for this fall:
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