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Archive for April, 2006

We’re very excited by the recent launch of the North Carolina Biographical Index. This site is the result of nearly a half-century of careful indexing followed by at least a decade of data entry. The resulting database includes more than an eighth of a million citations to biographical sketches about North Carolinians and will be […]

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Thirteen Moons

We don’t usually go to Entertainment Weekly for literary news, but maybe we should. That magazine has just reported on an “exclusive” look at the new Random House catalog, which contains information on and a release date for Thirteen Moons, the long-awaited second novel from Cold Mountain author Charles Frazier. Thirteen Moons is due to […]

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North Carolina Jazz

Thelonious Monk is in the news, having just received a posthumous Pulitzer prize. We can’t let this opportunity pass without reminding our readers that Monk is a North Carolina native, born in Rocky Mount in 1917. He spent most of life in New York City and last performed in the state, according to the News […]

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We Knew Him When

Do you recognize the young man shown here? This is his senior photo, from the 1967 Yackety Yack, the UNC student yearbook. We’ll give you a hint. He was sworn in in Greensboro this afternoon as the new President of the University of North Carolina system. The Greensboro News-Record has the story. If you guessed […]

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A Note from the Past

In the course of doing a little research on old North Carolina laws, we picked up a copy of The Office and Authority of a Justice of the Peace, and of Sheriffs, Coroners, &c. According to the Laws of the State of North-Carolina, a book published in New Bern in 1791. While this is a […]

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NC in Movies

One of our favorite reference books is the North Carolina Filmography, an impressive volume compiled by Jenny Henderson and published by McFarland in 2002. The book contains entries for 2,203 movies, documentaries, and television programs shot in North Carolina between 1905 and 2000. It is indexed by location, enabling you to look up the many […]

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Pig Poem

We feel that lately we’ve been neglecting in this forum the fine literary efforts of North Carolinians. We want to correct that now by sharing a poem that we found in the Tarboro Free Press for January 27, 1827, following the announcement of the killing of a hog that at only two years old had […]

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Play Ball

It’s baseball season again, and in the North Carolina Piedmont of about a century ago, that meant that all eyes would turn to the local mill teams. We found this picture of the Hutchison Mills team from Mount Holly, N.C. in the October 14, 1920 issue of Mill News, billed as “the great southern weekly […]

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