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Archive for October, 2008

Lew Powell, a frequent reader of NC Miscellany, pointed out this interesting item for sale on an online auction site. Luckily, I don’t suffer from “calculi” like our former governor; I’m just not sure that I would be happy relying on spring water over modern medicine.

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We’ve just added a few new maps to the North Carolina Maps site, including this colorful map of the golf courses at the Pinehurst Country Club in 1922. The map was produced by famed course designer Donald Ross.

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Susie Sharp

Author Anna R. Hayes and UNC Press have recently released Without Precedent: The Life of Susie Marshall Sharp. The book examines the life of the first woman judge in the state of North Carolina and the first woman in the United States to be elected chief justice of a state supreme court. Hayes extensively used […]

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I thought we were all supposed to be working in a “paperless office” in 2008, but I feel like I push around more paper than I ever did in the past. As I was cleaning the mounds of paper from my desk, I remembered something I had read recently…something I wanted to quiz our NC […]

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The image to the left is from our political ephemera collection. It is the front panel of a 1968 campaign brochure for Hila R. Stratton, a Republican candidate for North Carolina’s House of Representatives. In this time period, each state house district sent anywhere from one to seven representatives to Raleigh, depending on the population […]

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I’m constantly amazed at what I find in the NC Collection stacks. While looking for an item that was shelved incorrectly (yes, that does happen), I found a box of menus from various North Carolina restaurants in 1960. I’m not sure who collected them, though I’d bet it was William S. Powell, curator of the […]

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Time for another installment of “Where the Heel?.” Can you identify the location of this building? If so, leave your guess in the “Leave a Reply” portion of the entry. [Yes, I’m in a generous mood today…this one may be easy!]

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Many keyboards are clattering with chatter this week about the upcoming contest between the UNC and Notre Dame football squads on Saturday, so here’s our contribution. You may be surprised to know that the host for the first encounter between these schools’  teams was neither Kenan Memorial Stadium in Chapel Hill nor Notre Dame Stadium […]

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1868 Election Ballots

The North Carolina Collection has a fascinating collection of ballots from the 1868 state and federal elections. These provide a wonderful glimpse into the voting practices and campaign styles in use in the state 140 years ago. To begin with, candidates from the same party ran together on a single ticket, requiring voters to vote […]

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The BBQ Song

East vs. West, vinegar-based vs. tomato-based…whichever way you lean, you’ll love the following song by Rhett & Link, comedians from North Carolina. For all non-North Carolinians and transplants, please get a pad and pencil to take notes while listening, and please remember “barbecue” is not a verb and it isn’t a grill. If this statement […]

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