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Duke University was created in 1924 by James Buchanan Duke as a memorial to his father, Washington Duke. The Dukes, a Durham family that built a worldwide financial empire in the manufacture of tobacco products and developed electricity production in the Carolinas, long had been interested in Trinity College. Trinity traced its roots to 1838 in nearby Randolph County when local Methodist and Quaker communities opened Union Institute. The school, then named Trinity College, moved to Durham in 1892. In December 1924, the provisions of James B. Duke's indenture created the family philanthropic foundation, The Duke Endowment, which provided for the expansion of Trinity College into Duke University.
As a result of the Duke gift, Trinity underwent both physical and academic expansion. The original Durham campus became known as East Campus when it was rebuilt in stately Georgian architecture. West Campus, Gothic in style and dominated by the soaring 210-foot tower of Duke Chapel, opened in 1930. East Campus served as home of the Woman's College of Duke University until 1972, when the men's and women's undergraduate colleges merged. Both men and women undergraduates now enroll in either the Trinity College of Arts & Sciences or the Pratt School of Engineering. In 1995, East Campus became the home for all first-year students.
For more information about Duke's history, see the Duke University Archives.
The following websites provide more detailed information about the Duke University campus, its programs and people:
The beauty of Duke's campus rivals any - conveying tradition and innovation, from Gothic architecture to world-class medical facilities. Similarly, Durham's dynamic neighborhoods and thriving businesses celebrate the combination of old and new.
Durham has always been home to a diverse group of people. Our city's rich African-American history includes a strong middle class that created what became known as a "Black Wall Street" in the early 20th century and generated an exciting blues tradition that still flourishes. Today, that diversity includes a growing Latino and international population.
Here are a few links to some of the things that make Durham unique:
Durham, City of Medicine
Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau
Orientation to Durham
About North Carolina
A weekly guide to things fun, tasty, and awesome in the Triangle.
300+ Great Things About Durham
Durham Farmer's Market
Organic veggies! Homemade pickled things! Jam! Pecan pie!
North Carolina Museum of Life and Science
Learn about the body. The cosmos. The Earth.
World Beer Festival
The name says it all.
West Point on the Eno
Excellent mix of history, nature, and water.
For the Civil War buff who likes old military gear and historical re-enactments.
Increasingly, Durham is recognized for its colony of nationally acclaimed chefs, and the Triangle area in general is packed with great places to eat, whether it's down-home American, Asian fusion, Jamaican, German, or Mediterranean.