Cultural and Natural Resources in North Carolina

This fall, all 100 counties are celebrating the North Carolina Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary by dedicating arts events to the Statewide Arts Celebration. The final installment of our weekly Statewide Arts Celebration update includes modern dance, thrilling theater and space. That’s right, outer space.

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From one of the world’s biggest celebration of jazz icon Thelonious Monk, who spent his early years in North Carolina, to a seasonal festival of southern Appalachian culture in the beautiful Stecoah Valley, this week’s Statewide Arts Celebration events showcase the diversity and vibrancy of North Carolina arts.

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Every week in October, we’re profiling arts events from the Statewide Arts Celebration, an arts festival that reaches into all 100 North Carolina counties, that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Arts Council.

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The Statewide Arts Celebration is finally here! This fall, arts organizations in all 100 counties are dedicating programming to the North Carolina Arts Council’s 50th Anniversary. Every week in October, we’ll profile several Statewide Arts Celebration events across the state.

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From new revelations on the fate of the Lost Colony to BuzzFeed’s best jokes for history nerds, we’ve shared some pretty cool stories with you through our

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Below is a letter to the editor from our deputy secretary, Kevin Cherry, that appeared in The Franklin Times on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Dear Editor:

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Rebel Rose

Rose O’Neal Greenhow was a widowed Washington socialite turned Confederate spy. While well known for her pro-states’ rights and slavery expansionist views, she also maintained friendly relationships with leaders from the North.

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Blackbeard may be North Carolina's most nortorious pirate, but he's certainly North Carolina's only infamous buccaneer. Stede Bonnet, a frequent co-conspirator of Blackbeard's gave his mentor a run for his money in terms of infamy.

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Two of the world's most famous sets of conjoined twins have Tar Heel ties. We take a look at their stories and offer suggestions on places you can explore to connect with those stories in person.

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Lumbee Legend

Criminal or Civil War-era savoir of the poor? The jury is still out on the life and times of Robeson County's Henry Berry Lowrie.

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Chances are if you grew up in North Carolina or even if you vacationed here as a kid, you probably went to see an outdoor drama or two with your family. Did you know that this summertime tradition got its start North Carolina? 

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Rock of Ages

Editor's Note – In the summer of 2012, Ansley Wegner, a historian with our Research Branch, wrote a series of blog posts highlighting various historical de

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An old photograph helped historians identify the lost location of Confederate graves at Benotnville Battlefield. Visitors to the site today can learn about the lives of the soldiers remembered by that photograph.

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One of the most mysterious of the artifacts recovered from Blackbeard’s shipwreck, Queen Anne’s Revenge, is a little bronze bell thought to be Spanish in origins. It bears the inscription ANO DE 1705, and engravings IHS MARIA, which translates as “Jesus and the Virgin Mary.” 

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Blackbeard was no stranger to the high life, and his flagship the Queen Anne's Revenge, carried in her hold a large silver spoon, known as a 'cannon-handled' serving spoon, that was typically made between 1680 and 1720.

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