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Valdese, Burke County's second largest town, was founded by the Waldensians, a pre-Reformation Christian sect from the Cottain Alps of Italy. Members of the group emigrated to Burke County in May 1893, searching for freedom and room to grow. Residents of the town work very hard to preserve this history. Every year their story is retold in the outdoor drama “From This Day Forward,” the nation's fourth oldest outdoor drama. The Trail of Faith, an outdoor museum with fifteen exhibits, details the Waldensians' centuries of struggle in Europe and recreates their historic journey to North Carolina. Other activities the town offers include visits to the Old Rock School, the Waldensian Heritage Wines, and Myra's, and playing a game of bocce.
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Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 73 Issue 8, Jan 2006, p18-20, 22-23, il, map Periodical Website
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James K. Polk, eleventh president of the United States, was born in Mecklenburg County on November 2, 1795. Polk's life and career was divided between North Carolina and Tennessee. He was graduated from the University of North Carolina but lived thereafter in Tennessee. He served in Congress for fourteen years and became Speaker of the House of Representatives in 1835. Later he ran for president in 1844, campaigning on a pledge to serve just one term. As president, Polk championed the cause of westward expansion of the United States, settled the Oregon boundary dispute with England, and gained Congressional recognition of a state of war with Mexico and the annexation of Texas.
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Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 73 Issue 8, Jan 2006, p25-27, il, por Periodical Website
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Jan Burger and Donovan Zimmerman are the creators of Paperhand Puppet Intervention. The puppets, some of which are over twenty feet tall, are constructed of paper-mache. The larger puppets require stronger materials to hold them together. Whenever possible, the builders use recycled materials. Burger and Zimmerman have been working together about seven years. The puppets are constructed and stored in an old textile mill in Saxapahaw. The puppets perform at a number of venues, including schools, festivals, and parades.
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Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 73 Issue 8, Jan 2006, p34-36, 38, il Periodical Website
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Barney Fife and Gomer Pyle, characters on the 1960s television program The Andy Griffith Show, are impersonated by Scott Epperson and Bruce Newman, respectively. They appear at parades and festivals in North Carolina and across the country.
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Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 73 Issue 8, Jan 2006, p40-42, 44, il Periodical Website
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Mary Meletiou learned to ride a bicycle on the quiet streets of Burlington in the 1950s. Later she would go on a 2,000 mile bicycle ride from Greensboro to Denver. In 1974, she went to Raleigh to promote bicycle touring in North Carolina. There were no bicycle routes at that time. Meletiou, an economic major at UNC-G, had also studied cartography. She developed the state's first bike trail, the 700-mile Mountains to the Sea Trail. Today the state's extensive Bicycling Highways System consists of nine trails, including the Ports of Call, the North Line Trace, and the Cape Fear Run. North Carolina's bicycle trails program has received national attention and served as a model for other states, including Colorado and Tennessee.
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Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 73 Issue 8, Jan 2006, p96-98, 100, 102-103, il, map Periodical Website
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The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, a public, residential high school offering 11th- and 12th-graders a specialized program with a strong emphasis on math, science, and technology, opened in 1980. Credit for its creation is largely given to John Ehle, Terry Sanford, and James B. Hunt. The school is located in Durham. The school currently has an enrollment of 625, evenly divided between male and female students. Westbrook describes the admission policy and programs.
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Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 73 Issue 8, Jan 2006, p112-114, 116, 118-119, il Periodical Website
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North Carolina was the leading gold-producing state before the discovery of gold in California in 1849. Another vein of ore attracted miners when silver was discovered in southern Davidson County in 1838. Roswell King of Connecticut purchased the mine from a man named Byerly in the same year. For years the Silver Hill Mine was the only silver mine in the country. Deposits of copper, zinc, lead, and carbonate ore were also found. Total production of all types of minerals at the mine during the 19th-century amounted to over $1 million. Hodge lists the users of the mine up to the last days of the 20th-century.
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Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 73 Issue 8, Jan 2006, p76-78, 80-81, il Periodical Website
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During World War II, the American armed services were mostly segregated. In 1943, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, which forced the commandant of the Marine Corps to admit African Americans. Almost 20,000 African Americans signed up and went through basic training between 1943 and 1949. Moore recounts some of their experiences in this period of racial segregation.
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Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 73 Issue 8, Jan 2006, p88-90, 92, 94, il Periodical Website
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Jackson's Western Store, located in Asheville, has crafted custom leather goods for almost seventy years. The store opened on Lexington Avenue in 1938 and has been operated by the Jackson family since than. The store specializes in Western wear, boot, hats, shirts, and other items. The store's assortment of riding gear has earned it the nickname of “The Best Little Saddle Shop East of the Mississippi.”
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Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 73 Issue 8, Jan 2006, p122-124, 126, 128, il Periodical Website
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A shipment of 1,000 books, sent from London to St. Thomas Parish in Bath in 1701, by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts, gave Bath County the first lending library in the colonies. This predates Benjamin Franklin's brainchild by thirty years. Only one book remains, Gabriel Towerson's 'An Explication to the Catechism of the Church of England.'
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X-rays were first observed in Germany on November 8, 1895, by Conrad Roentgen. On February 27, 1896, the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER published an X-ray photograph of a hand, taken earlier in 1896, by Dr. Henry Louis Smith and three medical students at Davidson College. Dartmouth College was also making X-rays and disputed Davidson's claims to being the first to do it in the United States. Martin discusses the conflicting claims.
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The North Carolina Zoo claims a notable first. It was the nation's first zoo to be designed around the natural habitat concept. Animals are not housed in cages, but are seen in habitats that closely resemble their homes in the wild. Jackson describes how the zoo has developed and grown over the past thirty-two years.
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Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 73 Issue 8, Jan 2006, p104-106, 108-109, il Periodical Website
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North Carolina takes pride in being first at making national history in a number of ways. These include the first successful powered flight; first English settlement in the New World; first state or public university; first gold rush; first national seashore; first state-funded art museum; and the first book published by an African-American in the South.
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Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 73 Issue 8, Jan 2006, p60-66, 68, il Periodical Website
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For the past twenty-two years, Dottie Netherton of Edenton has been practicing scherenschnitte, or the art of cutting an image into paper, generally cutting away the background and leaving the shape of the paper to form the desired image. The art, which dates back 1,000 year to China, evolved in Europe, and came to America in the 1700s. The craft was popular in North Carolina's early colonial towns. Netherton originally cut from patterns, but as her skill progressed, she made her own designs, incorporating traditional elements, such as hearts, flowers, birds, and Biblical themes. Her work is sold in about twenty stores from Pennsylvania to Kentucky and beyond.
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Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 73 Issue 8, Jan 2006, p130-132, 134,, il Periodical Website
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Bakers start working at 3 A.M., and the bakers at Whitman's Bakery in Waynesville have been making pastries, breads and cookies for the last sixty years. The bakery opened in 1945 and still remains in its original location at 18 North Main Street. Now operated by a fourth-generation of the Whitman family, the bakery continues its legacy of fresh baked goods served with a personal touch.
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Our State (NoCar F 251 S77), Vol. 73 Issue 8, Jan 2006, p144-146, il Periodical Website
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