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Archive for August, 2007

It’s that time again and I’ve just added over 200 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 […]

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Silent Speedways

Yesterday’s News & Observer had a long article about the auction of the North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, once one of the premier stops on the NASCAR circuit. The article is a nice complement to the new book, Silent Speedways of the Carolinas by Perry Allen Wood. Wood’s book offers extensive histories of twenty-nine former […]

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Two new features are now available on the North Carolina Postcards website, giving users a couple of different ways to browse through the cards. A list of colleges and universities shows the many schools that appear in postcards, from well-known universities like North Carolina State to little-known and nearly-forgotten institutions like the Joseph Keasbey Brick […]

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June Bug Town

Here at the North Carolina Collection we take pride in knowing all things “North Carolina.” You may be able to stump one of us, but when we put our collective heads together and do a little digging, we can generally find the answer to most North Carolina-related inquiries…that is, until we ran into the bug. […]

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A Soldier’s Tale

Just as the nation was embarking on the the current wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, North Carolinians were reminded of the conflicts, hot and cold, of an earlier era. Charles Robert Jenkins, a soldier from Rich Square, North Carolina, disappeared while patrolling the DMZ in Korea in 1965. Nothing was heard of him again until […]

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I’m proud to announce that the North Carolina Collection Gallery has been officially designated a Curiosity. The Gallery is featured in the new book North Carolina Curiosities, containing “quirky characters, roadside oddities and other offbeat stuff” from around the state. The entry on the Gallery mentions the permanent exhibit on Chang & Eng Bunker and, […]

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In the “36 Hours in Budapest” article in the travel section of last Sunday’s New York Times (August 12, 2007), I found a surprise reference to a talented Tar Heel. It seems that one of the chic new hotels on the banks of the Danube contains the work of Donald Sultan, who is Asheville born […]

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Caswell in Kinston

This week, Kinston is celebrating its most famous resident, Richard Caswell (1729-1789). Caswell did it all: he was a delegate to the Continental Congress (although not a notable one), a leader of the General Assembly, a general, and, of course, the state’s first governor. When he wasn’t leading the government, he was out on the […]

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Having trouble remembering why you love the South so darn much? At 100+ degrees outside, we’re all desperately seeking ways to avoid those August summer blues. Well, Dr. Lionel Chalmers has some classic advice for us on keeping our health during these dog days of summer in his 1776 work, An Account of the Weather […]

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We have just added a large group of postcards of Greensboro to the North Carolina Postcards project. Some of the new images include views of downtown from the early twentieth century, postcards of colleges including UNC-Greensboro and North Carolina A&T, and a variety of images of churches, businesses, and government buildings. One of the most […]

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