Wrap-up from the Durham 150 Celebration from Discover Durham

Welcome to the Supporters of Durham 150 newsletter, designed to keep those interested in Durham’s sesquicentennial updated on all the planning activities surrounding the yearlong commemoration.

“I Choose Durham” Performance Video

Those of you who attended the Durham 150 Closing Ceremony on November 2 got to experience the first-ever performance of a new Durham anthem, titled “I Choose Durham.” It was an incredible final moment of the program, with the crowd standing, clapping and singing right along with the performers on stage.

For those of you who were unable to make it to DPAC for the Closing Ceremony, and for anyone who would like to relive the moment all over again, we produced a video from the live footage captured by UNC-TV and livestreamed by ABC11. The video description includes a long list of those who deserve credit for their work in bringing this project to fruition. A special thank you goes to our anthem supporter, The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust, for making our vision for the anthem come to life.

Part of the vision of the anthem is for it to be a tribute to Durham, a song that we hear playing and everyone singing for years to come. If you would like permission to use the anthem as part of your own performance or event, contact us at licensing@discoverdurham.com. We would love to find as many opportunities for it to play as possible.

Durham 150 Merch Makes for Great Gifts!

If you and your loved ones haven’t already purchased any Durham 150 gear, we have t-shirts, hats, magnets, and stickers available at www.Durham150.org/store. The items make for great holiday gifts! Get yours before the store closes in the coming months!

150 Events and Counting

Y’all did it! Last month, we reached our goal of featuring 150+ community-led sesquicentennial-related events this calendar year. We’ve been blown away by the creativity, diversity, and meaningfulness of so many of the projects and events. Many thanks for bringing our vision to life, including the grant sponsors who made it happen: The A.J Fletcher Foundation, The Rotary Clubs of Durham, and Wexford Science + Technology and Ventas.

Follow along our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) as we close out the year by posting photos from some of the events that took place.

Historical Note

Did you know Durham has more state historic sites than any other county in North Carolina? What’s more, all three of the sites host annual holiday events that are not to be missed this time of year.

Here are more details pulled from the Duke Homestead website:

This year, for the City’s 150th anniversary, the sites invite you to join their Christmas programs, “Spirit, Sacrifice, and Celebration.” See how the lives of past Durhamites transformed dramatically in the decade leading up to Durham’s founding. Visitors can learn about the culture of enslaved people at Christmas at Historic Stagville in 1860, acquire information about the compromises local families made in the midst of the American Civil War in 1864, and discover post-war celebration and growth at the start of Durham’s famed industrial founding at Duke Homestead in 1870. At Bennett Place, visitors can witness how Christmas was celebrated in the Piedmont Carolinas during the American Civil War or take a special guided tour by candlelight around the farm.

In addition to the Duke Homestead website, you can also find more information on the Historic Stagville website and the Bennett Place website.

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Shelly Green & Patrick Mucklow
Co-Chairs, Durham 150

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