- Associated Press - Thursday, August 21, 2014

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) - Festivities to mark the 25th anniversary of the Southern Folklife Collection at UNC Chapel Hill will culminate with a concert by Merle Haggard and Tift Merritt.

The festival is scheduled for Thursday through Saturday. Events begin Thursday with a dinner and an all-star benefit concert that includes Merritt.

Also Thursday, Wilson Library will host a retrospective exhibit that highlights the history, collections and work of the Southern Folklife Collection. Friday’s schedule includes a New Orleans brass band symposium.

Haggard and Merritt will perform Saturday in Memorial Hall on campus. Haggard is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, while Merritt is a North Carolina native who attended UNC Chapel Hill.

The Southern Folklife Collection opened in 1989 and is an archive dedicated to collecting and preserving cultural heritage.

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