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Durham County Library Celebrates the 125th Anniversary of The Herald-Sun

Program: Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of The Herald-Sun
Date: Sunday, February 16
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will celebrate the 125th Anniversary of The Herald-Sun with a conversation between Steve Schewel, founder and former publisher of the Independent Weekly, and Bob Ashley, editor of The Herald-Sun. The program will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 16, at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

Founded in 1889 as The Durham Sun, the newspaper evolved over time. The Globe Herald, soon to be The Morning Herald, began in 1894 and was purchased by Edward T. Rollins in 1896. Rollins then bought The Durham Sun in 1925, and his family owned both papers for almost a century. The two merged in 1991 to become The Herald-Sun. Schewel and Ashley will discuss some of the characters who have peopled the newsroom, the challenges newspapers face in the 21st century and the public’s continuing need for them.

Schewel is a writer and visiting assistant professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. He is a member of the Durham City Council and past member of the Durham Board of Education. Ashley is the past executive director of Preservation Durham. He worked at The Raleigh Times and The Charlotte Observer. He graduated from Duke University, where he was managing editor of The Chronicle, the student newspaper.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation and the Museum of Durham History, which is hosting an exhibit on The Herald-Sun from February 17 to April 1 at the History Hub, 500 W. Main St. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or


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