Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Archive for March, 2008

Backyard Gold

With the economy struggling and the price of gold on the rise, there’s no better time to go out and do a little prospecting. But why bother to trek all the way out to California or Alaska when you might strike the jackpot in your very own backyard? As a service to our readers, North […]

Read Full Post »

Greensboro turns 200 years old this year. To recognize the occasion, the city has planned an official celebration, which started on March 25 and will run until May 17, 2008. The image to the left is from the cover of the Official Program of the One Hundredth Anniversary Celebration, which was held October 11-17, 1908. […]

Read Full Post »

NC’s Bill Of Rights Is Home

For those of you that have been following the odyssey of North Carolina’s original copy of the Bill of Rights, you can now rest easy. This important document, which was stolen from North Carolina’s Capitol in 1865 by a Union soldier, has finally returned, for good, to its rightful home–the Tar Heel State. On March […]

Read Full Post »

The US Postal Service recently released a Charles Waddell Chesnutt commemorative stamp, the 31st in its Black Heritage series. Although not a North Carolinian by birth, Chesnutt spent a portion of his early life in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where his father had been born a mixed-race, free person of color. For more information on Chesnutt, […]

Read Full Post »

Raymond Jefferies, UNC class of 1947, recently made this donation of student organization charms to the North Carolina Collection Gallery. The charms, which were intended for placement on a key chain, were awarded to Mr. Jefferies while he attended UNC and afterwards as an employee in the Office of the Dean of Students. The Gallery […]

Read Full Post »

From Madison to Ocracoke

Many of you have heard the phrase, “From Murphy to Manteo,” right? Well, I’m changing it for this blog entry. The phrase this week is: “From Madison to Ocracoke.” I’m temporarily modifying it to highlight two new resources recently posted to the UNC Library’s website. The first, which was created by graduate assistant Carrie Bertling […]

Read Full Post »

Mountains, Fat and Lean

Madison County maps read like menus. In looking at a 1938 highway map I spotted towns named Grapevine and Walnut, mountains named Sugar Loaf, Huckleberry, and Potato Gap, and a feature with the rather abrupt name of Lick Rock. But it’s these two mountains, at opposite ends of the county and with seemingly contradictory names, […]

Read Full Post »

Barbecue Defined

Arguments about the etymology of the word barbecue can be as contentious as discussions about what goes into the sauce. The word almost certainly comes from the Spanish word barbacoa, though there have been plenty of other guesses through the years. One of the most popular theories is that it comes from the French barbe […]

Read Full Post »

Our newest edition of “This Month in North Carolina History” examines how a pair of March 1865 executions led to a seven-year period of raids, robberies, and murders in Robeson County. Read the full story here.

Read Full Post »

Whether it is a blessing or a curse I am not sure, but my mind often flashes on photographs I’ve seen when something I hear triggers its mental image. When I heard on the radio that William F. Buckley, Jr. died last Wednesday, the photograph below instantly filled my mind’s eye. Incorrectly labeled “October Forum […]

Read Full Post »

Older Posts »