Celebrating Durham and 150 Years of Innovation

Durham’s sesquicentennial, a yearlong celebration of the City of Durham’s 150th anniversary of incorporation in 2019, encourages Durhamites and visitors to explore themes of history and education, innovation and entrepreneurship, social equity and robust democracy, as well as arts and leisure.

The year of celebration is supported by the City of Durham, Discover Durham, the Museum of Durham History, as well as the generous contributions of Durham residents, businesses, and organizations.

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7.23
Full Frame School of Doc
Durham 150 Grantee School of Doc is a completely free program...
7.25
Durham Historic Trolley Tour
Durham 150 Grantee Brown Hat Tours and Preservation Durham invite you...
7.26
Super/Natural: Stories of Science & The Unknown: Audio Under The Stars
Durham 150 Grantee From medicine to mysticism, we share stories that...
7.27
TapCork: Durham
A beer and wine fest that doubles as block party....
7.28
Bull City Roller Derby – First Home Bout
Durham 150 Grantee The bout will take place on July 28,...
8.03
Duke Homestead Vintage Base Ball Game
The Duke Homestead Education and History Corporation will host its...
8.06
Noche de Ferias
EL CENTRO HISPANO WILL HAVE A BLOCK PARTY IN THE...
8.09 - 11
The Durham College Legacy and Reunion
The Durham College Alumni Association will host its 2019 Durham...
8.09
S.E. Rochelle Exhibit Opening
Join us on Friday, August 9th from 6-8PM for the...
8.10
Doc-U-Memories
This is an interactive "place-making" experience. Inspired by the case...
8.15
Historic Algonquin Tennis Club Marker Unveiling
At 6:30 PM on Thursday, August 15, a marker will...
8.16
Celebrate World Relief Durham’s New Legal Clinic
We will be hosting a celebratory event benefiting the clinic...
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Portraits

Of Durham

NC Mutual Life Insurance Company

More than 100 years ago, Durham’s Parrish Street evolved into one of the nation’s strongest African American entrepreneurial enclaves.

Durham 150

Durham, NC is unapologetically a city rich in history and a city on the move.

Durham is the ‘hippest city’ in North Carolina, the ‘Tastiest Town in the South,’ and leads the country in developing a creative community. It’s a beacon of the South built on innovation and regeneration, and it’s poised to take the bull by its horns and thrive for the next 150 years… and beyond.

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From Tobacco to Tech

Since its inception, Durham has served as a hub for innovation. From tobacco, to education, healthcare and technology, the people of Durham are used to finding creative solutions.