Durham: 2010–2019
a collectively sourced
book of Memory

We are creating a book about the last decade in Durham (2010-19). We will be using community recollections and the Clarion Content archives to build timelines into the book.

Over the last decade, Durham has grown in many directions, like branches on a tree, each new venture a blossoming flower bringing beautiful new things to our city. But like all trees, not every branch survives, and some of the flowers wilt away.

Here at the Clarion Content, we have had the honor and privilege of capturing a portion of the stories that make up the 2010’s in Durham. We hope that you can and will recall specific events, places, people, moments, and things over the last decade. We are going to build a book out of your recollections and the Clarion Content archives.

It is our intention to cast this book in timelines. We need your input to create this book in the right way. The Clarion Content was a crowd-sourced effort with more than one hundred writers, photographers, videographers, cartoonists, and podcasters contributing over the decade. We need a crowd-sourced book of the decade, a collective memory of how it really went.

This book of remembrance, Durham, 2010-2019, will be better the more memories we can get. You are our co-creators. It was your decade Durham.

Please find a link to our Durham Decade questionnaire, here.


Aaron Mandel

Aaron Mandel is a writer and an accomplished public speaker. He is the publisher of the Clarion Content. For more than a decade, the Clarion Content has covered Durham’s arts, politics, music, and cultural milieu. From breaking news stories to the hottest local acts, the Clarion Content is on the scene. The Clarion Content published more than twenty distinguished guest columnists and garnered nearly a million views. Mandel is a volunteer for the Durham Mighty Pen Literacy Project and serves as the President of the Board of Sustain-A-Bull Durham, a local small business collective with more than 200 members. He writes regularly on the Clarion Content and has been quietly writing fiction since the 4th grade. Mandel has been published in the Raleigh News and Observer. He has also produced numerous art shows, including, “Durham under Development”. He was a featured speaker at “The State of Publishing” conference. He has presented to Durham Chamber of Commerce, “Chamber U” on the “New Media”. He has also served as the play-by-play announcer for the D.B.L., a Durham youth basketball league. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Religious Studies from Indiana University in Bloomington. An avid policy debater at Indiana and a Nation Debate Tournament qualifier, Mandel was also a member of the New Jersey State Champion two-person Policy Debate Team. He has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, California, Texas, Illinois, Colorado, Indiana, and Baja California, Mexico.

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