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Archive for May 14th, 2012

The North Carolina Symphony played its first concert at Hill Hall in Chapel Hill on May 14, 1932. Lamar Stringfield conducted 48 musicians hailing from 11 communities throughout the state. The N.C. Symphony garnered state support in 1943 when the N.C. General Assembly passed the “horn tooter” bill, which provided $2000 yearly from 1943-1945.

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An enlightening  “I Was Wrong” from Civil War blogger Michael C. Hardy: “I was digging around and came across something that I’ve been telling folks did not happen: escaped slaves on the ‘underground railroad’ in western North Carolina…. “It’s not so much that it did not happen, it is just that it VERY seldom happened. […]

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