Biography

Lillian's-Laws

First Step

In 1920, Lillian Exum Clement couldn’t vote, but that didn’t keep her from winning a landslide election that made her the first female member of North Carolina’s General Assembly.
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Breath

Her Spirit Lives On

Martha Mason always relied on her friends for support, but today, her life gives them inspiration.
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Breath

Breath: A Lifetime in the Rhythm of an Iron Lung by Martha Mason

The advent of the polio vaccine in the 1960s means that many people aren’t familiar with infantile paralysis, the disease that paralyzes limbs and sometimes the part of the brain that controls breathing. In the fall of 1948, though, polio
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Thinking Big

Artist Jon Hair doesn’t just create mammoth sculptures. He lives big, striving to create artwork that inspires.
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No Place Like Home: Land of Oz in Beech Mountain

For years, Cynthia Keller couldn’t finish watching The Wizard of Oz, for fear of the Wicked Witch. Now, as caretaker of Beech Mountain’s Land of Oz, she wakes up every day in a house at the center of the wonderful land.
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A Gracious Host

Arthur Smith, a homegrown Carolinian, is one of the most admired and influential country music singers, songwriters, and entertainers in our state’s history. And he’s turning 90 years old this month. A performer and businessman, Smith created a music and
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Life As He Saw It

Talmadge Moose grew up in Stanly County in the 1930s and ’40s. He worked in his dad’s country store and for his uncles on their farms. Although his love of drawing led to a successful career that won him national acclaim, he never strayed far from his roots.
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Cathy-Smith-Bowers

The People’s Poet

North Carolina Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers travels the state as our literary ambassador.
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Call of the Cabin

On their small mountain in Haywood County, Dan and Betsy Boyd put special care into every piece of wood that makes up their Boyd Mountain Cabins.
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Matthew Lewis

The Great American Photographer

In the 1960s and ’70s, Pulitzer Prize winner Matthew Lewis watched one of our nation’s defining eras through his camera lens.
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