About Open Orange
Open Orange is based on the Contributing Structure platform, a Drupal-based website created by Gary Kueber and several Drupal developers. Its first iteration was Open Durham, a crowdsourced (think Wikipedia) inventory of buildings, people, and places in Durham, NC, which Gary donated to Preservation Durham in May 2016.
Open Orange aims to be a county-wide inventory for Orange County, North Carolina. It's easy to create a login and begin adding information and stories to the site - see the support page. The best information and most compelling stories about our history and our built environment comes from people like you.
The site is not a non-profit, because of the headache of maintaining a non-profit - but it is not-for-profit. Its purpose is to create easier access to historical and architectural information for busy 21st century folks - with a focus on a very local and granular history of the places people might encounter on a daily basis.
Conception / Keeping things running: Gary Kueber
Authorship: Gary Kueber and Steve Rankin
Initial Design: QuickBrownFox Design
Developers: Christina Dulude, Alisa Herr, Chris Russo, Cuberis, Carlos Valdivia, Barb Baranski
History of the Town of Hillsborough 1754-1966
Orange County: 1754-1954
Carrboro, Images of America
Hillsborough, Images of America
Library of Congress (HABS, FSA)
UNC - Chapel Hill (Postcard Collection, Maps)
Orange County, NC Historic Information Cache (by Steve Rankin; no longer updated)
Orange County Trio - Histories and Tour Guides. Elizabeth Shreve Ryan, Chapel Hill Press, Chapel Hill, NC, 2004.
Pelican Guide to Hillsborough, Lucille Dula.
National Register of Historic Places Hillsborough Historic District Additional Documentation: 01/22/2014. Prepared by Heather Slane.
Photocensus: A Photographic Survey of Buildings in the Hillsborough , N.C. Historic District Built Prior to 1950. Susan McArtor Bellinger. 1991.
Hillsborough, North Carolina General Development Plan 1968-1988
Colonial Inn Cookbook
A Sketch of the School of Miss Nash and Miss Kollock
Gardens of Historic Hillsborough
Silhouette: Hillsbrough High Yearbook (1958, 1940, 1938)
Blue Flame: Central High Yearbook (1957)
David Southern (RIP, 1946-2021); much of the information on this site would not have been made available without him