The North Carolina Museum of Art, in Raleigh, is the nation’s first art museum whose collection was founded with state funds. At Hickory is an art museum with American and European works and Chinese porcelains. Other art collections are in Chapel Hill, Greensboro, Durham, and Winston-Salem. Raleigh and Charlotte have natural history museums, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has a planetarium. The state also has many small museums devoted to special displays, such as minerals, handicrafts, Native American lore, and the material of local historical societies. The first newspaper in the state was founded in 1751 at New Bern. By 1900 there were 27 dailies, but their circulation was very small. In 2002 there were 47 dailies, of which the largest and best-known were the Charlotte Observer, the Raleigh News & Observer, the News & Record of Greensboro, and the Winston-Salem Journal.
North Carolina strongly supports country music and old-style American folk dancing. Such events as the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, the North Carolina Folk Heritage Awards, and a variety of fiddler’s conventions are typical ingredients of this cultural heritage. Classical music is performed by the North Carolina Symphony, which is based in Raleigh, and by several other city symphony orchestras. The American Dance Festival has its headquarters at Duke University. Brevard, a Blue Ridge resort, is the site of the Brevard Music Center and Festival. It presents a series that begins in June with the opening of its music camp and runs through August.
Several outdoor historical dramas take place each summer. One of the most popular, Unto These Hills, portrays the events leading up to the removal of the Cherokee people from North Carolina to Oklahoma. It is performed at Cherokee in the Great Smoky Mountains. At Fort Raleigh National Historic Site near Manteo, The Lost Colony describes the disappearance of the first attempted English settlement in the state. A saga of Daniel Boone, Horn in the West, is performed at Boone. Plays and musical comedies are presented in the state’s summer theater circuit. Flat Rock Playhouse is the state theater. Year-round amateur drama is presented at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and at theaters in the chief cities. "North Carolina" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia
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