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Cedars in the Pines 

When: Sat., March 29, 11 a.m. 2014
At a media preview of Cedars in the Pines, an exhibition (following a documentary of the same title) running at the North Carolina Museum of History through August, organizer Dr. Akram Khater darkly joked that the Lebanese were known in the U.S. mainly for terrorism and tabbouleh. That's why he undertook this project to illuminate the contributions of our state's large Lebanese population. They came in two main waves: Peasant families fleeing economic decline and famine in the late 19th through early 20th centuries, and single professionals fleeing civil war after 1975. The fascinating exhibit tells their stories through artifacts, wall text and interactive elements. There's a digital Choose Your Own Adventure-style game about deciding whether to immigrate, silk you can touch, a steerage cabin diagram you can stand in and a suitcase you can lift. On Saturday, a festival on the museum's Bicentennial Plaza features Lebanese dance, crafts, henna and food. —Brian Howe

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