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The Rural Academy Theater

Why would a band of performers traverse western North Carolina in a wagon? Because in entertainment, delivery matters.
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History

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The Civil War: General Wild’s Raid

Brig. Gen. Edward augustus Wild raises an army of former slaves who take aim at southern plantations. (Volume 4, Part 6)
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Dance Till Dawn

In Rocky Mount, June Germans were the high-society highlight of the year, transforming tobacco warehouses and bringing big bands, national press, and even a movie star to town.
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Under a Carolina Moon

During World War II, a chance meeting led to a long-distance romance forever preserved in letters.

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When Milk Reigned at Biltmore

George Vanderbilt’s pampered Jersey herd was the foundation of Biltmore Dairy Farms, but most folks in Asheville remember its milkmen and Winky Bars.
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Occupation of the East

Eastern North Carolina becomes a grim battleground in the fight for control of the state. (Volume 4, Part 5)
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The Fish That Built Beaufort

For years, a fish at the bottom of the food chain was king in Carteret County. The menhaden industry is gone now, but the songs of the fishermen endure.
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Lumina Pavilion

“Only when it was gone did we realize what was lost.”
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Lakeside Legends

In the ’60s and ’70s, Williams Lake and Lake Artesia became weekend hotspots for teens looking to put on their shagging shoes and let loose.

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Summer in the Sixties

Every generation makes its own beach memories. Summer in the ’60s was seafood and station wagons, bathing suits and board games. We didn’t realize then what those long, bright days would mean to us now – sunburns and all.
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Where Are We? The Story of North Carolina Maps

Sedan-size maps of centuries past weren’t as convenient as our smartphones’ GPS, but without them, we would have been lost.
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