Mini Grant

The Paul Green Festival

-Lectures on Paul Green and his literary significance will be presented by Margaret Bauer, Cecelia Moore, and Gina Caison. The contacts for this event are Marsha Warren at 919-605-1938 or and Betsy Moyer at 978-369-1261

America’s Second War for Independence: The Naval War of 1812

A symposium to be held at the NC Maritime Museum in Beaufort on June 29, 2012. Lectures will be presented by Stephen Budiansky, Tommy Sheppard, Wade Dudley, and Lindley Butler among others. Contact for this program is Lerae Umfleet at 919-807-7289 or

Perseverance, Strength and Faith: The African American Experience in Transylvania County

-An exhibit, lectures, and performances at the Transylvania Heritage Museum in Brevard

-A lecture/performance entitled “From Africa to America: The Legacy of African American Music" featuring Edith Darity and the Rosenwald Community Choir on April 27 and  

-A lecture by Omar Ali entitled “Understanding Black History as American History” on May 19. 

Windows to the Past: People, Places, and Memory in Downtown Greensboro

Windows to the Past: People, Places, & Memory in Downtown Greensboro will engage people who visit downtown Greensboro about its rich history through window-front displays, a website, and a walking tour brochure.  These multiple components will create an outlet for residents, scholars, educators, and people beyond our local community to explore stories about Greensboro and gain a deeper understanding of the connections between people, place, and memory.

Livingbattlefield Community Outreach

"We've realized the one element that truly impacts people with a desire to discuss our history is face-to-face contact wiht people who lived through WWII. Sadly, the opportunity to speak candidly wiht them is likely only available to us for a year or two at most. We wish to bring together, in Fayettewville and Morehead City, the magic of WWII veterans, audience, film and filmmakers in order to create a dialogue that touches our past and asks quastions about our future."

The Civil War in North Carolina: Women / African Americans / Native Americans

The Civil War in North Carolina: Women / African Americans / Native Americans – a multimedia panel presentation and discussion examining the participation and experiences of women, African Americans and Native Americans during the American Civil War. Featuring distinguished historians Dr. Sally McMillen (Davidson College), Dr. Rose Stremlau (University of North Carolina at Pembroke), and Dr. Gregory Mixon (University of North Carolina at Charlotte) and moderated by award-winning author and historian Daniel W.

Every Breath Sings Mountains: Literature from the Southern Appalachian Highlands

Every Breath Sings Mountains," a chapbook on the Southern Appalachian Highlands featuring poet/scholars Barbara Duncan, Brent Martin and Thomas Crowe who will be reading at the kick-off event on a panel with Charles Frazier, Ron Rash, and Wayne Caldwell. This takes place at the newly opened Jackson County Library in Sylva on Friday, September 23.

Zebulon Vance - A Heritage Education Play

A live theatre production about the life of Zebulon Vance, Civil War military officer, North Carolina governor, and prolific writer. Presentation followed by an open discussion moderated by scholars of history.

Lee Smith, Mountain Women and Southern Fiction

Dr. Gwen McNeill Ashburn, Dean of Humanities at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, will give a presentation entitled “Mountain Women in Fiction: Working without Nets” on Thursday, June 2 at 7pm.

 Barbara Bates Smith will perform “B. Smith does Lee Smith” with musical accompaniment by Jeff Sebens from Clyde, NC on Thursday, June 16 at 7pm.

 Dr. Rebecca Godwin will be leading a book discussion on Lee Smith’s Fair and Tender Ladies on Thursday, June 30 at 7pm.

Southern Sacred Steel Conference

This event will showcase the visionaries and pioneers of music nurtured on Southern soil but not often seen in a secular context, raise awareness of a cultural tradition, nourish our local talent and showcase national stars in the same series, and create a sense of community for the performers and their audience.

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