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Magazine article Humanities

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ENDOWMENT-SUPPORTFD EVENTS

After the Civil War, the Piedmont region of the Carolinas was transformed into the country's textile leader. Today it is the nation's second-largest banking center. "Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont in the New South," a permanent exhibit at the Levine Museum of the New South, in Charlotte, has recently been updated and expanded.

"Home Port Philadelphia," a long-term exhibit at the Independence Seaport Museum, focuses on Delaware Valley maritime history of the late nineteenth and the early twentieth centuries. The exhibit follows the currents of the port's history in immigration, commerce, defense, industry, and recreation. Hands-on experiences include getting the feel of an immigrant's hard bunk and a cargo handler's controls.

An outdoor exhibit, "Landscape of Slavery: Mulberry Row at Monticello," is open at Jefferson's 5,000-acre estate near Charlottesville, Virginia. For the scores of people who toiled at Monticello, Mulberry Row was Main Street, with many dwellings, workshops, and sheds. The exhibit includes key sites that reinterpret the area with mini-exhibits and a phone app.

While orbiting the Moon on Christmas Eve 1968, Apollo 8 astronauts read aloud from the King James Bible in a radio transmission heard by millions on Earth, attesting to the strong cultural hold the book still had nearly four hundred years after its first printing. …

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