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
Lloyd, Allen A. and Pauline O. History of the Town of Hillsborough 1754-1966. Self-published.
Pender, Irene O. A History of Orange County Schools, 1752-1983. Hillsborough, NC: Shanklin's Press, 1983.
Otto, David A. and Richard Ellington. Images of America: Carrboro. Arcadia Publishing, 2011.
Holaday, Chris. Images of America: Hillsborough. Arcadia Publishing, 2002.
Orange County, NC Historic Information Cache (by Steve Rankin; no longer updated)
Ryan, Elizabeth S. Orange County Trio - Histories and Tour Guides. Chapel Hill Press, 2004.
Dula, Lucille N. Pelican Guide to Hillsborough. Pelican Pub Co Inc, 1989.
Bellinger, Susan M. Photocensus: A Photographic Survey of Buildings in the Hillsborough, N.C. Historic District Built Prior to 1950. 1991.
Town of Hillsborough, North Carolina General Development Plan 1968-1988.
The Colonial Inn. Authentic Southern Recipes from the Colonial Inn. 1972.
A Sketch of the School of Miss Nash and Miss Kollock, by Mrs. W. S. Primbone, 1926
Chilton, Mark. Wandering through the NC Piedmont (blog).
Blue Flame: Central High Yearbook (1957)
Silhouette: Hillsbrough High Yearbook (1958, 1940, 1938)
Tom Magnuson (and the Trading Path Association)
David Southern (RIP, 1946-2021); much (most?) of the information on this site would not have been made available without him