Founded in July 2016, the Community Histories Workshop is dedicated to making accessible, digital projects that tell local histories. We’re a team of students, faculty, and staff at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  We are eager to engage other faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and university staff in this work.  We also partner with other university units (at UNC and beyond), cultural heritage and historic preservation organizations, libraries and archives, and community volunteers.  Growing out of and extending the digital public humanities work of the UNC Digital Innovation Lab between 2011 and 2016, we focus on using the resources and expertise of the university to reveal the important and multifaceted histories of communities across North Carolina.  Since July 1, 2017, the CHW has been a program of the UNC Center for Urban and Regional Studies.

The roster of CHW participants will grow and change as the workshop’s agenda develops.

Robert Allen

Faculty Director

Elijah Gaddis

Assistant Director


CHW Alumni:

Melissa Dollman

Ben Filippo

Seth Kotch

Michael Newton


Will Bosley

General Manager

Lucas Kelley

Graduate Research Fellow

Dani Callahan

Undergraduate Research Fellow


Emily Lowe

Undergraduate Research Fellow

Ina Dixon

Graduate Research Fellow

Morgan Vickers

Undergraduate Research Fellow