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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Arts & Culture

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Home + Place = Homplace. Or Not.

The multiple meanings of a single word.
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Southern Oaks Farm

A Christmas Wish for a Pony Lives on at Southern Oaks Farm

On a farm in Moore County, a lifelong horsewoman tends a stable filled with dreams come true.

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The Toy That Requires a License: Black Cadillac Olds

For decades, the epitome of luxury on Christmas Day has been a Coupe de Ville with a big red bow. In Greensboro, a third-generation automobile family mans the wheel of a uniquely American dream.
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Spencer Doll and Toy Museum

Toy Stories at Spencer Doll and Toy Museum

In a glittery gown or camo flak jacket, a doll is a doll is a doll. (Unless it’s an action figure.)
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Ann Bailey

Ann Bailey Builds a Life on Diamond Dreams

A Nash County orphan at 8, a widow in her 30s, Ann Bailey decided early on that hard work was the best remedy for hardship. With unflagging determination and the help of her family, she built a sparkling empire from scratch.
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10 Our State Long Reads for the Holidays

As you swap old stories and make new ones this holiday season, we present to you a few of our own. Long-form favorites from the year, they’re perfect for the ride home or for that leftover-induced stint on the couch.
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Western Carolina University

Western Carolina University’s Marching Band to Perform in the Big Apple

Start spreading the news — Western Carolina University’s marching band is heading to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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100 Years of Hugging: Winey Bears Country Store

Whether torn to shreds by a jealous pet, or simply loved to pieces after years of cuddling, stuffed animals find intensive care in an Oak Island toy surgeon’s hands.
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Readers’ Choice: 2014 Story of the Year

With every issue of Our State, our mission is to tell good stories that capture the true essence of the people and places that make North Carolina unique. Read some of the most popular stories from the year and vote below.
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Readers’ Choice: 2014 Cover of the Year

Each Our State cover is meticulously selected for its ability to capture the essence of the issue and to tell a story all its own. Click on the images below to view the covers and vote at the bottom of the page.
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