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Aug 2, 2012

The Mack family bible

Like cherished photographs, artifacts, family trees, home movies and heirlooms, family bibles are generational treasures that offer a glimpse into the lives of everyone who touched it. The Mack family bible is no exception. Threadbare and yellowing, the bible is a constant tangible reminder of their family connection. Take a look at the photos below.… 

Jul 31, 2012

120 years in North Carolina

For a quick primer on the history of the Lebanese community in North Carolina, check out this video below. It’s also available on our YouTube Channel. Thank you to Danica Cullinan for the video contribution. 

Jul 23, 2012

Wine and Olive Diet

In 1896, the Fayetteville Observer noted (about halfway through the article) that “a number of Syrians… received a case of wine and olives from Damascus.”  “To the unitiated,” they reported, the olives were “not so nice tasting.” Of course, North Carolina is home to so many restaurants that started out by serving “the unitiated” masses.… 

Jul 20, 2012

America Ya Hilwa

On July 14, 1916, Lebanese-American composer and pianist Alexander Maalouf wrote Letter to the Editor of The New York Times, announcing a new national anthem that he composed called “For Thee, America.” You can listen to more of his songs on our website or at the Library of Congress. 

Jul 20, 2012

Calling on FDR

In September 1928, Mr. Michael Norman Mansour of Goldsboro, North Carolina, the owner Mansour’s Department Store (later called Hub Department Store) received two letters while in New York City on business from Franklin Delano Roosevelt urging him to support New York Governor Alfred  Emanuel Smith in his race for Presidency.  Having been a long supporter… 

Jul 19, 2012

Cedars in the Pines: The Lebanese in North Carolina

Thank you all for your support during the premiere our full-length documentary, Cedars in the Pines: The Lebanese in North Carolina at the North Carolina Museum of History. Directed by Danica Cullinan and co-produced by Cullinan and Neal Hutcheson of the North Carolina Language and Life Project with Caroline Muglia as archivist and researcher, over 700 people… 

Jul 12, 2012

Project Update

We are full swing into our summer schedule. We are working on our new website set to be released by September 2012. This site will act as a digital library containing all the photographs, documents, documentary clips and oral histories generously contributed by the Lebanese community. Visitors to the website will be able to browse…