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Our Vanishing Americana



*Airs Monday, September 29 at 8:00 pm on the SC Channel

In 1999, photographer Mike Lassiter began traveling across North Carolina documenting the hardware stores, groceries, drugstores, theatres and other businesses which have been rapidly fading away in the shadow of "big box" stores. Six years and more than 30,000 miles later, he published a book entitled Our Vanishing Americana. His book inspired him to produce a documentary which retraces some of his travels through backroads and along Main Street, with interviews of some of the fascinating people he met during his journey. This hour-long program provides an amusing and sentimental glimpse of days gone by.

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