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Saluda Train Tales: Our Vanishing Americana
July 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pmFree
Someone once said, “If you start forgetting how things began, you stop beginning things.” With un-daunting energy and perseverance, Mike Lassiter spent six years traveling across the state of North Carolina, looking for the lifeblood of small towns, community icons and historic businesses—the beginnings of Tar Heel commerce, livelihoods, family enterprises. At first it was old storefronts and signage that captured his imagination; soon he became enamored with the people inside the buildings and their stories. Lassiter’s photo shoot turned into a decades-long odyssey covering 30,000 miles and 100 counties, yielding Our Vanishing Americana, a 2006 photo book followed by a 2009 PBS documentary of the same name. Lassiter will share discoveries from his journey when he brings “Our Vanishing Americana – A North Carolina Portrait” to the Saluda Historic Depot for Saluda Train Tales, on Friday, July 21, at 7 pm. Joining him is Scott Galloway who was the film director and producer for the PBS documentary. They will tell how they discovered the small town of Saluda and its two general stores operating on Main Street, just like they had for decades, and how the people of Saluda enchanted them.