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Archive for February, 2007

Carolina Faces

I should point out that we are aware that Elvis Presley was not a North Carolinian. Nonetheless, there is a fantastic early portrait of him in “Carolina Faces,” an exhibit of photographs by Don Sturkey on display now in the North Carolina Collection Gallery. The Elvis photograph shows the young singer outside of the Charlotte […]

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Barbecue 101

Today’s News and Observer tells us about an exciting new offering at the N.C. Museum of History: Barbecue 101: A Southern Delicacy. The course is designed to introduce newcomers to the state to what is certainly the highest culinary achievement of North Carolinians. The course will be taught by Bob Garner, the reigning authority on […]

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George Washington’s birthday used to be the cause for much larger celebrations and observances than we see today. The image shown here is the cover from a pamphlet produced by the North Carolina Department of Instruction to give school teachers “material not only for [the] Washington Day Program, but for teaching the spirit of America […]

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Charlotte, N.C., The Industrial Center of the New South. Special North Carolina Barbecue. This postcard was never sent, so there’s no postmark to give us an idea of when it was produced. I’m guessing that it was published around the late 1910s or 1920s. Although we have some pretty high-tech digitization equipment in Wilson Library, […]

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George Moses Horton

Yesterday the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill renamed one of its new student dormitories after George Moses Horton, a slave from Chatham County. It is thought to be the first building on a Southern college campus to be named for a former slave. Horton became the first African American to publish a book […]

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Just when it looks like Thomas Wolfe is about to drop out of the canon, he pops back up again. As the holder of the largest published collection of works by and about Wolfe, the North Carolina Collection keeps an eye on all things Wolfean and we were excited to learn that the Asheville native’s […]

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How many novels contain a scene like this: a reader opens an old book and finds stuck between its pages a document that illuminates an obscure past? In reality, most of what we find tucked into old books are grocery lists, gum wrappers, scraps of paper used for bookmarks, and other detritus of everyday life. […]

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Yesterday’s decision by the North Carolina Council of State to temporarily suspend the death penalty marks just the second time in the past century that executions have been halted in North Carolina. There is a history of capital punishment in North Carolina on the website of the North Carolina Department of Correction. The site also […]

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Groundhog

This being Groundhog Day, wouldn’t it be a fine time to tune up your dulcimer and belt out a mountain classic? The old folk song “Groundhog” has been recorded by a number of people, including Merle Travis, Doc Watson, and Washboard Sam. In case the lyrics have slipped your mind, here they are: Get up […]

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