Carolina Preserves

Carolina Preserves

"Every story is a place
Its landscapes and inhabitants
Occupy a crucial space
Where destiny and circumstance
Intermix inseparably
Creating personality."

Fred Chappell Poet Laureate,
University of North Carolina, Greensboro

UNC-TV proudly presents Carolina Preserves, our first original high-definition television (HDTV) production. Carolina Preserves honors the beauty and heritage of our state through the paintings of Greensboro artist William “Bill” Mangum and accompanying personal impressions of notable North Carolinians. This 60-minute production is the broadcast companion the Carolina Preserves book and art exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History.

The fresh canned fruits and vegetables in the cupboard of Mangum’s Aunt Kate gave birth to the preserves concept. Enjoy the recollections of simpler times as extolled by Aunt Kate, whose wisdom and talents inspired this project. Catch a glimpse of master boat builder James A. Rose and his beloved Carolina coast. Join in as Grammy-award winner Shirley Caesar celebrates her Gospel music roots. Listen as novelist Lee Smith gives her take on the making of a Southern writer. And watch as Jugtown potter Vernon Owens shares the life and memories of a country artisan. These and other distinguished North Carolinians combine their talents and tales to present a slice of life that simply cannot be found anywhere else.

Carolina Preserves is UNC-TV’s first step in bringing the future into the homes of North Carolinians. UNC-TV's conversion to digital technology provides greater options regarding what viewers watch, how they learn, and when they choose to retrieve information. Digital television offers crisp, sharp images rivaling those experienced in theaters. And although most viewers will experience Carolina Preserves through the current analog broadcast standard, you should notice heightened clarity in this HDTV production.
Made possible through a generous grant from Bank of America, Carolina Preserves features Steven Heller’s original score complementing music recorded on location at the Highland Games, Union Grove Fiddlers’ Convention, Faith Fourth of July Parade, and Pastor Shirley Caesar’s Mount Calvary Word of Faith church.