Category: Culture

Bellamy Mansion Balancing Truth With Financial Need

How Bellamy Mansion Preserves History Without Sacrificing Honesty Written By Casey McAnarney With 150 years of history, the Bellamy Mansion Museum has seen many things, from jazz shows and educational tours to more sinister events that taint its past. Now,…

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North Carolina Filmmakers – The New Wave

By Colleen Thompson At the Cucalorus Film Festival this year, three Wilmington filmmakers—Nick Westfall, Erica Dunton and Kristi Ray—showcased their new feature films. Their work is raw and scrappy, urgent and intense, and driven by a keen sense of place….

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Cape Fear Gullah Geechee

Written by: Casey McAnarney North Carolina may not contribute the most land to The Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, an expanse of land spanning four states on the East Coast, but this culture is not lost here. Long has it…

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Salon des Beaux-Artes

  Written by Kelly Johnson In a Parisian cafe, around the1860s, a group of artists gathered to discuss little of their tea and pastries and more of their passion for art and the ideas behind it. The result? A painting…

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An Artist’s Journey Through India

Written by Star Sosa | Photography by Todd Carignan   To survive these days, a professional artist is faced with many challenges. The least of which is how to make a living and support a growing family while developing one’s…

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The Cotton Exchange – Old Buildings, New Life

Written by Kevin Ward | Photography Contributed by Nancy Bullock   “If we don’t care about our past, we cannot hope for the future…I care desperately about saving old buildings.”—Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. It was late 2003 when I first set…

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Belly Laughs, Secret Jokes & Keepin’ It Real

Written by Colleen Thompson If you ask Taylor Hamilton to sum up her business, she’ll tell you that she specializes in belly laughs, secret jokes and keeping it real. Hamilton, 32, is the owner and founder of greeting card company…

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Ms. Nursey James

Written by: Craig James   In 2002, at the encouraging of a friend, I began collecting nineteenth-century African American photography. With this new found hobby came a hunger to know more about my family history, and I embarked on a…

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Bald Head Island’s Ghost Story of Theodosia Burr

Written By Kevin Ward Like any true history nerd, I could not bring myself to discuss the ghost story of Theodosia Burr before explaining a bit about the island’s history. Long before you could take a ferry across the water…

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The Thalian Association: Community at Heart

Written by Lisa Meadows | Photography by Mark Steelman In 1941, Mary Ingram founded the United Service Organization (USO) in response to President Franklin Roosevelt’s desire to provide morale and recreational services to the U.S. military. A mission began across the…

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