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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The Sound of Dreams: American Idol

Fantasia. Scotty. Caleb. Three winners, more than any other state in the nation. And a slew of famous finalists. “American Idol” introduced the country to a new voice of North Carolina. How did this phenomenon happen?
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Music Issue Mix: November 2014

We couldn’t have created a music issue without feeling inspired by our favorite music-makers.
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Heart and Soul Behind Edward Loewenstein’s Home

In the staid culture of 1950s North Carolina, roofs were to be pointed, nature was to stay outside, and people were to know their places. A Greensboro architect pushed against those barriers, starting with his family home.
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Signing and Singing: Sign-Language Karaoke

For the deaf and hard of hearing in North Carolina, sign-language karaoke is a way to stay connected to music.
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They’re Playing Our Song: The N.C. State Song

Think the N.C. state song is just the state motto put to music? You’re wrong.
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Under the Carolina Sun: Frances Mayes on Hillsborough

Frances Mayes pens her own ode to the literary haven of Hillsborough, this corner of Orange County that pulled her in and captured her heart.
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Hands-On History

Our hands are greater than the sum of their parts, but as it turns out, the individual parts of our hands all have pretty interesting stories, too.

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The Sound of Unity in a Pittsboro Church Choir

From soprano to bass, a Pittsboro church choir blends the voices — and personalities — of its members in joyful, appreciated harmony.
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Farewell, War Memorial Auditorium

After 55 years, a beloved Greensboro performance venue takes its final bow.
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The Sound of Live: First Concert Memories

Some things never change. Like the transformative thrill of a rockin’ first concert. With your parents.
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