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How the voices of three children transformed the future of North Carolina’s coastal environment. In the 1970s, the dune system known as Jockey’s Ridge was almost leveled and developed for residential housing. When Ann-Cabell, Inglis, and Gibbs Baum saw bulldozers on the dunes, they ran home to tell their mom, Carolista Baum. With her children’s urging, Carolista mobilized the community and relentlessly lobbied local and state leaders to save the dunes. In 1975, Jockey’s Ridge was designated as a North Carolina state park. Learn more about collective environmental activism and its effects in this illustrated book geared toward upper elementary readers.

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Remarkable Women of the Outer Banks

The Outer Banks of North Carolina attract those with a conviction to dream and do. Explorers, pirates, lifesavers and the world’s first pilots decorate the halls of local history. Some of the Outer Banks’ greatest accomplishments are due to daring women who pushed the odds. Eleanor Dare created a new life amidst a doomed colonial expedition, Chrissy Bowser found her freedom as the Civil War rocked Roanoke Island, and Irene Tate watched the Wright brothers assemble their glider in her front yard then went on to become a record-setting pilot herself. The women in this book fought for their home. They stepped outside the traditional roles of their day and age, seeking to preserve its history and heritage. They saved sand dunes and moved lighthouses. Local author Hannah Bunn West tells their stories. 

About the Author


Hannah Bunn West

Born and raised on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Hannah Bunn West is an author, freelance writer, and community advocate passionate about sharing the area’s beauty and rich history with others. She writes about the human experiences of those who inhabit these barrier islands, past and present, with the hope to advocate and inspire. Hannah studied Creative Writing and Elementary Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She is a regular contributor to Milepost Magazine, Outer Banks This Week Magazine, and serves as the Layout & Design Editor for the Doctor's Creek Journal, the publication of The Friends of Portsmouth Island. She lives in Kill Devil Hills with her husband and two children. 



Hannah Bunn West

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