About Open Durham

Open Durham is a highly interlinked digital archive, a community-sourced inventory of information about people, places, and history in Durham, North Carolina. Like the city itself, this project has evolved. It grew out of the blog "Endangered Durham," started by Gary Kueber in reaction to the ongoing demolition of the city's historic structures back in August 2006. Writing with passion and urgency sustained over several years, Gary posted about thousands of places, incrementally building a rich resource that demanded a more versatile and inclusive platform. Open Durham was born out of these efforts in October 2011, its first iterations the work of Gary in cooperation with others including Christina Dulude, Alisa Herr, Rebekah Miel, Cuberis, and QuickBrownFox Design.

On May 26, 2016, Gary donated the site and its contents to Preservation Durham. The advocacy non-profit has embraced the opportunity to broaden access and participation in the important project of documenting community history; its volunteers have continuously expanded the base of stories on Open Durham and sought new partnerships in the process. Beginning in fall 2021, with the support of generous donors, Preservation Durham embarked on a wholesale rebuild of Open Durham around a new and more user-friendly platform. The present site, launched in January 2023, is the result of collaboration with Jay Beaton Consulting.

Preservation Durham is proud to steward the incredible resource of Open Durham, but we cannot do it without you! Please contribute new content, and consider donating to help sustain and expand Open Durham.

Content Notes

We are grateful both to individual contributors and to partner institutions without whom the content on Open Durham could not have been assembled and shared. Many of the images on this site are in the public domain, while others are subject to usage agreements or reproduced for this particular project under standards of educational fair use. We can neither convey permissions given to Open Durham nor provide contact information for individuals and institutions cited as sources for material on this site. We strongly encourage all users adding content to gain clear permission if using materials they did not personally produce, and clearly attribute images and other information. Please make use of the "walk-through" feature when adding or editing Buildings and Objects of Interest.