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Archive for April, 2008

Pronouncing Edgecombe

When we put up the fun and instructive “Talk Like a Tar Heel” website a few years ago, there were plenty of comments from around the state. Many of these were in the form of polite corrections to some of the pronunciations given on the site. One of the place names that came up most […]

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Our recent posting concerning the Bostic Lincoln Center Museum and its claim that Abraham Lincoln was born in North Carolina created quite the furor, especially among some Kentuckians who monitor this blog. Well, a new book by author Kevin Duffus may cause a similar outbreak. In The Last Days of Blackbeard the Pirate, Duffus claims […]

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Who The Heel?

OK, it’s time for a slight change of pace. We’ve had several “Where The Heel?” posts, so let’s try a “Who The Heel?” entry. Can you identify this person? If we don’t get any responses, I’ll start to provide clues in the comment section. Good luck!

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Happy Birthday, Ed!

Today would be the 100th birthday of journalist Edward R. Murrow. Murrow worked throughout his career to inform the American public, first at CBS and later as the director of the United States Information Agency. He is perhaps most famous for attacking Joe McCarthy on his television show See It Now and for his World […]

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Sunday’s News & Observer offered an article discussing the recent opening of the Bostic Lincoln Center Museum. What is the Bostic Lincoln Center, you ask? A Rutherford County group whose mission is “to preserve, study, prepare and make visitor-friendly the traditional birthplace of Abraham Lincoln,” which, by the way, is in Bostic, North Carolina. Ok, […]

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The State Library and State Archives of North Carolina have put together “From Crossroads to Capital: The Founding and Early History of Raleigh, NC,” a digital project presenting original documents, maps, books, and images from their collections.

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Where The Heel?, Again

Alrighty, let’s kick it up a notch for this edition of “Where The Heel?” Who can identify the town pictured here? Do any of our loyal readers remember shopping at Patterson’s Grain and Feed? Hint: that distinctive building in the center is still there today!

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Flivvering

We recently found this gem hiding in the stacks, on the back of a 1923 state highway system map of North Carolina: We had to look up the meaning of “flivvering”, and some of the rhyming is a bit strained, but overall this is a wonderful view into what life was like in the 1920’s, […]

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Where The Heel?, Part 2

It took less than seven hours for Karen to guess the correct answer to our first “Where The Heel?” post. How long will it take this time? The instructions are the same. Can you identify this city (ca. 1911)? Leave a comment, and watch for us to comment back once we have a winner.

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Political cartoonist John Branch will speak about his career in a lecture titled “A Tar Heel Cartoonist in Texas: Drawing the Line in the Lone Star State” on April 17 at 5:45 p.m. in the Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Branch has been the editorial cartoonist of the San […]

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