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Archive for April, 2007

Bunker House for Sale

Wilson Library has an impressive collection of materials related to Chang and Eng Bunker, the world-renowned 19th-century conjoined twins who lived in Wilkes and Surry counties in North Carolina. Unfortunately, it looks like we’ll have to pass on the latest Bunker artifact to come on the market. A recent article in the Winston-Salem Journal reported […]

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Official State Blog?

I’m sure you’ve all heard the big news by now: the Bullfrog has been officially adopted as the State Amphibian of North Carolina. Chapter 145 of the General Statues is devoted to “State Symbols and Official Adoptions.” The trend of adopting “official” symbols began in 1941, when the dogwood was adopted as the state flower. […]

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While looking for something totally unrelated, I stumbled across this poem in the December 1853 edition of The North-Carolina University Magazine. For those Tar Heels who have had the unfortunate pleasure of emigrating elsewhere, this poem may make you hop the next flight back home. Carolina, the blue waves are breaking, Soft, soft on thy […]

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Anyone For a Smoke?

“This view shows the world’s largest pipe smoked by beautiful Wilson girls, during the North Carolina Tobacco Exposition and Festival held annually in Wilson, North Carolina.” — postcard caption. I’m guessing that something like this wouldn’t go over too well these days, considering modern attitudes on smoking, but scenes like this were fairly common at […]

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On this day in 1776, North Carolina’s fourth Provincial Congress passed the Halifax Resolves, authorizing the state’s delegates to the Continental Congress to vote for independence from Great Britain. North Carolina was the first state to take this action. Read more about the Resolves at the North Carolina Collection’s This Month in North Carolina History.

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Recently, in the City of Santa Monica, California, officials came up with a novel way to control the squirrel population in Palisades Park. County officials are concerned that the squirrels pose a danger to public health, but the city wants a more humane solution to the problem than the usual method of euthanasia. Instead, they […]

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Major anniversaries of historic events inspire us to look back not just at the event itself, but at the way we commemorated it in the past. I found this stamp on a postcard mailed in 1907, marking the 300th anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in North America. As Virginia celebrates the 400th anniversary […]

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Next time you’re lost in a large and confusing building, and you find yourself relying on “Exit” signs to make your way out, thank North Carolinian Charlie Stewart for delivering you to safety. Stewart was working at Conover Furniture when he suggested that signs with arrows pointing toward the nearest exit would be a boon […]

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