Learn about the rich history of Orange County by attending one of our educational workshops and programs

In accordance with safety guidelines during COViD-19, we have organized many online programs to provide you with a virtual museum experience.

January 21st at 7 PM

Jeffersonian Open Hearth Cooking

Enjoy a cozy evening in front of a fire as Linda Ostrand demonstrates ear;y 19th century cooking.  Linda trained at Pennsbury Manor, the colonial estate of William Penn, founder of the Colony of Pennsylvania.  Part 2 of this series is set in Jeffersonian times. 

All registrants receive a video of the program and a copy of the recipes.

Program cost is $10

Click here if you are interested in purchasing the recording for Part 1 of this series, set in 1690.

February 18th at 7 PM

Native American Storytelling

Lawrence Dunmore, historian for the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation and professional storyteller, will share traditional tales from the Occaneechi-Saponi people and other Native peoples and Nations from Turtle Island.

March 4th at 7 PM

Indigenous Uses of Pine Needles

Vickie Jeffries invites attendees to discover the many uses of pine needles, from basket making to medicinal salves to teas, as is traditional with the Occaneechi and other native peoples.

The Networks of Early North Carolina History

A Four-part Series presented by Tom Magnuson


February 4 at 7PM - "First Contact: Native Americans and Europeans in the Sounds, 1524-1650"

May 6 at 7PM - "Carolina's First Permanent Settlement, 1650-1705"

TBD - "Moving into the Backcountry, 1704-1754"

August 5 at 7PM - "The Lasting Impacts of Carolina's First Settlers"


In this series, Tom Magnuson will present some of his findings from his thirty years of studying the earliest commercial transportation networks in the Southeast of North America.  The programs will begin as virtual events but, if COViD restrictions are lifted, may be offered in person as well.

Tom Magnuson is the founder and CEO of the Trading Path Association (TPA).  The TPA is a non-profit organization committed to finding and protecting remnants of the Contact Era in the southeast.  It does so by finding the old trade routes of England’s first frontier, the “backcountry” of the southeast.   Prior to founding the TPA, Magnuson enjoyed an unconventional high-tech career first in the integrated circuit industry and government service, and later in the software business. 

Native American Storytelling and Indigenous Uses of Pine Needles are supported by the Orange County Arts Commission and the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

If you need assistance with registration or would like to be apprised of other upcoming events, please use our contact form. 

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or call 919-732-2201.

Dr. R. P. Stephen Davis, Associate Director & Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at UNC’s Research Laboratories of Archaeology will discuss the research conducted on the Siouan Project in Hillsborough and share interesting insights on the Occaneechi and other tribes who lived in Orange County.

The mission of the Historical Foundation of Hillsborough and Orange County is
to enlighten and engage our community and visitors from around the world 
by preserving and interpreting the history of Hillsborough and Orange County.
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