WRAL-TV Multiplatform Producer Heather Leah has a knack for finding fascinating hidden history in the Triangle. On Wednesday, August 9, 2023, she will be sharing a program at the North Carolina Museum of History in person and via Zoom. “History at High Noon: Hidden beneath Their Waves” will explore the history hidden beneath the many lakes in our area.
Leah will speak in the Longleaf Classroom at the North Carolina Museum of History, but the program will also be shared live via Zoom. Registration is required, but free.
Here are the details about the program from the Museum:
History @ High Noon: Hidden Beneath Their Waves
NC Museum of History (Hybrid: In-Person & Virtual)
Wednesday, August 9
Noon – 1pm
Many North Carolinians have no idea the kinds of mysteries and history hiding just beneath the surface of our large, recreational lakes. Sunken train wrecks and plane crashes. Entire ghost towns, graves, and legends. Lost highways and train tracks that once led to important places. Some lakes even flooded impoverished rural or historically Black communities, whose members were left unable to visit buried loved ones. Historian Heather Leah takes you on a deep dive into lakes like Falls, Jordan, Kerr, Norman, Fontana, and Belews—and finds the remnants of lost history just beneath the surface.
Heather Leah, a fifth-generation Raleighite and professional historian, explores history that’s often not found in mainstream books. For nearly a decade of uncovering Hidden History, she’s dug through the State Archives, explored underground tunnels and secret places, interviewed long-time Raleighites for oral histories, and brought the photos and stories to viewers as an award-winning multiplatform producer at WRAL.