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Newly Restored Carl Sandburg Home Celebrates Milestone

After three years of extensive restoration and historical preservation work, the Carl Sandburg Home in Flat Rock will be refurnished in 2018 just in time to mark its 50th anniversary as a National Park. After the famous poet, writer and activist died in 1967, his wife, Lilian, donated their home and its expansive collection of books, letters and personal effects to the National Park Service. The 264-acre park includes a working goat barn and hiking trails. www.nps.gov/carl 

Civil War Symposium Features Visit to Limited-Access Battlefield

Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site is organizing a 2018 symposium on the Carolinas Campaign, which culminated in the last full-scale action in which a Confederate army was able to mount a tactical offensive. Called "Two Weeks of Fury," the symposium will highlight the advance of Sherman's army from South Carolina to Bentonville. Eric J. Wittenberg, a Civil War cavalry historian and author of "The Battle of Monroe's Crossroads and the Civil War's Final Campaign," will lead a tour of the Monroe's Crossroads battlefield, where access is limited because it's near a Fort Bragg drop zone. Averasboro, Kinston and Bentonville battlefield visits are also included in the symposium, which takes place Sept. 28-30. www.fobb.net 

Charlotte to Host NBA All-Star Weekend in 2019

Charlotte has been selected to host the 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend, which takes place Feb. 15-17 at Spectrum Arena, home of the Charlotte Hornets. It will mark the second NBA All-Star celebration in Charlotte, which hosted the event in 1991. Playing at the Charlotte Coliseum that year, Hornets Chairman Michael Jordan (then with the Chicago Bulls) was the leading scorer with 26 points. The 2019 All-Star Game will air Feb. 17 on TNT. www.nba.com  

Morehead Planetarium & Science Center to Expand

Morehead Planetarium & Science Center, best known as the place where 11 of NASA's 12 moon-walkers were trained in celestial navigation, has announced a $5.2 million expansion of its home on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus. The #TakeUpSpace building project will reimagine the center as a modern-day, technology-advanced science hub with an interactive “maker space,” an updated science demonstration stage, and expanded galleries showcasing the advances researchers are making in science, health and technology. Completion is expected in late 2018 or early 2019. www.moreheadplanetarium.org


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