Decades Series

The Great Blizzard of 1960

The decade blows in with a series of winter storms that threaten to incapacitate the High Country. But residents are resilient — and the rest of the state mobilizes to help.

History

Wilson, 1952: Happy Feet

The 1950s hit song “Chattanooga Shoeshine Boy” by Red Foley inspired Wilson’s shoeshining competition and Curtis Phillips’s smooth moves.

Decades Series

The 1960s: A Dynamic Decade

Momentum has been building, and by the early 1960s, the payoff is clear: Now in the national spotlight, North Carolina enters an era of action and activism.

Decades Series

The 1950s: The Squire of Haw River

How a dairy farmer from Alamance County ascended the political ladder to become governor, then senator — never forgetting his rural roots along the way.

History

Space Seeds: Moon Trees in Western North Carolina

Back in 1971, astronaut and former U.S. Forest Service smoke jumper Stuart Roosa carried more than 400 seeds into space with him on Apollo 14. Two of those seeds found a new home in North Carolina.

Decades Series

The 1950s: The Art of the Impossible

North Carolina’s investment in a public art collection opens minds, enriches the lives of citizens, and creates a home for the state’s cultural aspirations.

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