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Welcome to the November edition of the North Carolina Humanities Council's E-Newsletter! We hope that you are excited to hear about the upcoming news and events the Council has to share. All of us at the Council wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!


2014 Linda Flowers Winner Announced

The Council is pleased to announce John Thomas York as the 2014 recipient of the Linda Flowers Literary Award. This year’s competition yielded over 100 entries from around the country. York's essay, '"O Beautiful Bug' [is] a fire-breathing memoir about how York, as a Yadkin County farm boy, was evangelized by Henry David Thoreau and charged to devote his life to books and writing and the thousands of North Carolina students he in turn so lovingly has evangelized over the years," said former North Carolina Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti. Read more.

Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities to "Twilight of a Neighborhood"

Twilight of a Neighborhood: Asheville’s East End, 1970,” sponsored by the Friends of Buncombe County Libraries, received the 2014 Harlan Joel Gradin Award for Excellence in the Public Humanities. Organized around Andrea Clark's photographs, “Twilight of a Neighborhood” is a project that explores Asheville before and after the impact of urban renewal on the community. Click here to see a slideshow of Clark's photographs of Asheville's East End.


Pieces of the Past: The Art of Gwendolyn Magee

Pieces of the Past: The Life and Art of Gwendolyn Magee is an exhibition that features the art of Gwendolyn Magee, a High Point native well-known for her quilts that depict narratives of African American history.  Click here to find out more information.

High Point Museum
Event Dates:
Friday, December 5th - 6:00pm
Sunday, December 7th - 1:00pm
Wednesday, February 18th 10:00am - 12:00pm

Road Scholar Spotlight of the Week

Bob Plott

Bob Plott is a North Carolina native who can trace his family roots in the Old North State back to 1750 when his great-great-great grandfather, Johannes George Plott, arrived here with five of the family's prized hunting dogs. Plott's Road Scholar program Touching the Face of History: The Story of the Plott Hound, North Carolina's Official State Dog is a fascinating story of the Plott family and the Plott hound is a classic American tale of adventure with roots deeply entrenched in North Carolina soil and American history and culture. Learn more here.

November 26, 2014  

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