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  • Story Circle: Islands on the Edge – North Carolina’s Maritime Culture in the Time of the Pandemic

    When: Thursday, August 20, 12–12:45 p.m. ET
    Where: Streaming online
    Category: Narrative Session
    Real-time captioning available

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    Communities in North Carolina’s “islands on the edge” have weathered hurricanes, rising tides, and a host of other challenges both natural and man-made. The pandemic adds another layer of challenges. Join participants from Harkers Island, Ocracoke, and Hatteras as they continue discussions started during the 2004 Smithsonian Folklife Festival’s Water Ways: Mid-Atlantic Maritime Communities program, and learn how these resilient island communities “weather the storms” and aim to come out stronger each time.


    This event is part of the Smithsonian Earth Optimism initiative, highlighting success stories in conservation and sustainability.

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