In 2001, the Town of Star bought a century-old pink farmhouse that had bowed walls, rickety floors, and a leaky roof. Ten years later, Star officials and volunteers decided to resurrect the “Pink House” as a heritage center to help a local economy devastated by the export of textile jobs overseas, symbolizing one small town’s nostalgia for the past, the anxiety of the present, and the hope for a future unknown.

Lisa Sorg received her Certificate in Documentary Arts from CDS in December 2010. By day, she is the editor of the Independent Weekly. She lives in Durham, North Carolina.

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