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Archive for June, 2007

More Postcards

Postcard summer continues at the North Carolina Collection. We’re pleased to announce the launch of a new digital collection: North Carolina Postcards. Drawing from the extensive holdings of the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, the new online project contains around 800 images (with many more to come), browsable by subject and location.

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You can spot a newcomer to North Carolina when they use the word “barbecue” as a verb. All Tar Heels know that barbecue is not something you do, it’s something you eat. See the caption below for an example of proper usage. The photo, from the Lee Wallace WPA photo album in the North Carolina […]

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I’ve just added a generous number of titles to our What’s New in the North Carolina Collection page. This list is updated four times a year with our latest selections. Full citations can be found in the University Library catalog and these items are all available for use in the North Carolina Collection Reading Room. […]

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I’ve never been to the Sundance Film Festival, but it sounds like fun. I imagine spending a strenuous day viewing independent films then dining well and relaxing by the fire in some cozy restaurant with a view of the snow-capped mountains and leisurely sipping a fine glass of . . . Cheerwine. That’s right, the […]

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Postcard Exhibit Opens

A new exhibit, “Greetings from North Carolina: A Century of Postcards from the Durwood Barbour Collection,” has just opened in the North Carolina Collection Gallery. The exhibit features a couple of hundred postcards from the Durwood Barbour Collection. Barbour, a Raleigh deltiologist, amassed an impressive collection of more than 7,000 cards, which has recently been […]

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As we begin to enter the hot days of Summer, like me you may already be yearning for cooler times. Look forward all the way to next January and remind yourself to check on the date for the Annual Wild Game Cookout sponsored by the Friends of Sampson County Waterways. Always a colorful event, the […]

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Death of a Mill Town

This photograph depicts the fire at the textile mill in Avalon, N.C. on June 11, 1911. I had never heard of Avalon and so turned to the handy North Carolina Gazetteer to figure out exactly where it is. Or, in this case, was. The story of Avalon gives us a sense of just how important […]

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The front page of today’s New York Times travel section lists, at the bottom of the page, the locations covered this week: Monaco; Shanghai; Antarctica; The Silk Road; Angkor; Concord, N.C.; and Venice. Does one seem to stand out from the others? Or do they all strike you as strange and exotic destinations worth planning […]

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Barbecue Trail

Today’s USA Today has an article about the North Carolina Barbecue Trail, a project of the North Carolina Barbecue Society listing twenty-five great barbecue restaurants across the state, from Murphy to Greenville.

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Best Beach

We all know that North Carolina leads the nation when it comes to college basketball and pork barbecue. Now we can add another superlative: best beach. No less an authority than Dr. Beach himself has named Ocracoke Island as the best beach in the nation for 2007. The fourteen miles of beach on Ocracoke are […]

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