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The Mythic School of the Mountain: Black Mountain College

Brilliant artists, poets, and intellectuals established Black Mountain College’s reputation as a bastion of innovative thinkers. The college’s brief, obscure existence — and its avant-garde “Happening” — sealed its legend.
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History

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The National Pastime at War

Troops from both sides — and even prisons — find escape from the slog of war with a bat and ball.

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The Invasion of the Underclad Undergrads

For a brief time in the 1970s, college students threw off their inhibitions — among other things — and ran free.
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The Mineral City: Exploring the Spruce Pine Mining District

The past can be traced deep beneath Spruce Pine’s surrounding mountains — and it also can be mined.
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Our Ava

Ava Gardner lit the world on fire with her breathtaking beauty and fiery spirit. She was raised as a farmer’s daughter near Smithfield. She transformed herself into a Hollywood starlet, a crooner’s wife, and a legacy. The world will never forget her. And we will never stop remembering — she was ours.

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Party on the Line

Telephone operators once helped connect folks across the state before “If you’d like to make a call … ” became standard.
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The Great Adventure of the Outlaw Blalocks

A husband and wife stay together — and fight together — through the duration of the war.
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Raleigh’s 50 Foot Librarian: Hunt Library

At North Carolina State University’s Hunt Library, “whoosh” replaces “shhh” as robots zip along the state-of-the-art building’s five-story trove of tomes.
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Recalling The Southern Bell Telephone Company

The purpose of telephones hasn’t changed over the years – they still connect us around the world and to our loved ones.
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Deserters and Outliers

Tar Heel soldiers grow weary of war and leave their regiments — only to fight for the north. (Volume 4, Part 2)
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