The society began in 1966 and has since been committed to the discovery and documentation of Chapel Hill’s history and traditions.
Susan Lyons, president of the historical society from 2004 to 2006, said the society was created because a few people wanted to get together on Sundays and talk about the town’s history.
“The average length of a historical society is between 10 and 20 years,” Lyons said.
She said the reason the society has survived so long is because of their willingness to adapt.
“I’ve come to conclude that being a part of this society is a generational thing,” she said.“We all come with changes.”
The ceremony celebrated the many leaders and members who have donated their time, money and devotion to the society. Richard Ellington, president from 2013 to 2016, said the society has had tough times, but it has only made them stronger.
“We are still here because of people like you who have worked hard to make us a good organization,” Ellington said during the ceremony.
Missy Julian-Fox, president from 2002 to 2004, said this organization has opened her eyes to the power of history.