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From Space Flights to Starry Nights at PARI

The mountains of western North Carolina hold many secrets. One, a site in the Pisgah National Forest, has led lives as a space-age relic, a Cold War stronghold, and, today, a science center.
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winter getaways

Active Winter Getaways in North Carolina

Sure, it’s cold out there, but with North Carolina’s year-round natural beauty, there’s no need to hole up at home. Get moving with one of our picks of activity-based winter getaways.
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Digital Archive Scavenger Hunt

Digital Archive Scavenger Hunt

Try your hand at Our State‘s digital archive scavenger hunt for a chance to win a $25 gift card to the Our State Store.
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An International Christmas in North Carolina

At a church in Cary, North Carolina transplants share a celebration of European holiday foods and crafts.
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the pig

Barbecue Returns to Basics at Chapel Hill’s The Pig

Our State’s barbecue correspondent concludes his journey at a joint that cuts through the smoke to get to the essence of pork.

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Quiz: Carolina Scribes

Cold weather, warm house: Now’s the time to curl up with a good book. Preferably one by a North Carolina author. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of these state scribes.
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fort fisher

Goliath Falls: Attacks Waged Against Fort Fisher

The battle of Fort Fisher signals doom for the Confederacy. (Volume 4, Part 12)
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piedmont wind symphony

Piedmont Wind Symphony Brings Passion to Music

Under the guidance of conductor Rob Simon, the Piedmont Wind Symphony celebrates its 25th season and an undeniable love for the music.
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tiny home feat

Tiny Living: Tiny Homes in North Carolina

North Carolinians find freedom in the smallest homes.
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homes for bluebirds

Homes for Bluebirds

Eastern bluebirds, once almost vanished from our state, thrive with the help of friendly (human) neighbors.
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