UNC Campus Walking Tours

By , September 14, 2011

uncUNC 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

UNC Visitors’ Center contact: Missy Julian Fox, (919) 962-1630mjfox@unc.edu


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