About Open Orange
Open Orange is based on the Contributing Structure platform, a Drupal-based website created by Sevy 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 Sevy 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: Sevy Kueber
Authorship: Sevy 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.
Otto, David A. and Richard Ellington. Images of America: Carrboro. Arcadia Publishing, 2011.
Stolpen, Steve. Chapel Hill: A Pictorial History. Donning Company, 1978.
Holaday, Chris. Images of America: Hillsborough. Arcadia Publishing, 2002.
Oakley, J. Ronald. Images of America: Mebane. Arcadia Publishing, 2012.
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
Orange County, NC Historic Information Cache (by Steve Rankin; no longer updated however)
Chilton, Mark. Wandering through the NC Piedmont (blog).
Efland N. C. Historical Photos, by Joe Dunn (RIP)
From the Rock Wall (Living Histories of Black Chapel Hill/Carrboro)
Blue Flame (Central High School yearbook)
Silhouette (Hillsbrough High School yearbook)
Tom Magnuson (and the Trading Path Association)
The Upper Eno Heritage Group
David Southern (RIP, 1946-2021); much (most?) of the information on this site would not have been made available without him