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Archive for February, 2006

Authors at Home

The recent book Writers of the American South: Their Literary Landscapes (Rizzoli, 2005) features the homes of North Carolina authors Thomas Wolfe and Allan Gurganus. Wolfe’s Old Kentucky Home (now a state historic site) will be familiar to readers of Look Homeward, Angel as “Dixieland.” Gurganus’s elaborately restored historic Hillsborough house is featured on the […]

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Happy Birthday, MJ!

North Carolina Miscellany would like to wish Michael Jordan a happy forty-third birthday. It’s been a quarter of a century now since he arrived at the University of North Carolina. We took a look at the Daily Tar Heel basketball preview (in the December 3, 1981 paper) for the 1981-1982 season to see what people […]

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We found this valentine in the Playmaker’s Scrapbook for 1942. The inscription on the back makes clear that it was written during the war years. It reads: Roses are red Violets are blue Sugar is rationed How about you?

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In doing research for February’s This Month in North Carolina History feature on “The Old North State,” the North Carolina state song, we came across an interesting bit of trivia. It turns out that William Gaston, who wrote the lyrics for the song, and who was one of the most prominent lay Catholics in early […]

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This Month in North Carolina History On February 18, 1927, “The Old North State” was officially adopted as the state song of North Carolina. The lyrics to “The Old North State” were composed by Judge William Gaston in Raleigh in 1835. Judge Gaston had left his plantation in Craven County and was staying with a […]

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Going Up?

The other day, while doing a little light reading in the North Carolina Department of Labor Report from July 1, 1938 to June 30, 1940, we came across a list of all the counties in North Carolina that had elevator inspections from that time period. Can you guess which county had the most elevators? Which […]

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