Central N.C.

Hunt Library Exterior

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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Bill Guthridge

Walking Through the Hall with a Legend

The achievements chronicled at the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame elicit “Where were you?” queries from older generations, and “Who’s that?” exclamations from young fans. Coach Bill Guthridge has an answer to both questions: That’s him on the sidelines.
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Alice Irby Woman's College

A Place of Distinction: Woman’s College in Greensboro

Alice Irby’s academic journey symbolizes an era of liberation for thousands of like-minded women at Woman’s College in Greensboro.
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Dorton Arena

The Big Chip

Every year thousands of people at the North Carolina State Fair walk by Dorton Arena, not realizing the building is one of the state’s most ambitious — and historically significant — pieces of architecture.
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lake-norman

The History of Lake Norman

Lake Norman’s original purpose was to provide fresh water and flood control for the region. Fifty years later, the lake has transformed into a statewide destination, and the story of what lies beneath its waters continues to fascinate.
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family-dollar

The History of Family Dollar Stores

Leon Levine built Family Dollar Stores from a basement bargain shop in Charlotte to a Fortune 500 company with thousands of stores across the nation. Now the man who created an empire is giving it away.
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Carol Goerch

Carl Goerch’s North Carolina

“A big neighborhood” is what Carl Goerch called this state, and in this neighborhood, these mountains, Sandhills, and beaches, he found himself. To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the magazine he founded, we used his writings as a guide and explored North Carolina by plane and car, pen and camera. We understand why he fell in love.
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Shout Bands Charlotte

How the Spirit Moves You

Shout bands gave the Charlotte African-American community something of its own in the early 20th century. Colorful parades. Mass baptisms. And a haunting, beautiful sound that transcended race and time, and still moves people today.
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fire light

From Fire, Light

How can a singular beacon represent so much? Our seven lighthouses powerfully reflect our own values — of innovation, endurance, and strength.
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White Sulphur Springs

The Hotel with Healing Powers

The White Sulphur Springs Hotel in Surry County once attracted governors and world-famous actresses. But not just for the fancy accommodations. They came for the water.
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