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Archive for November, 2008

The Bush White House has chosen (again) a North Carolina-grown tree for its final Christmas celebration in office. The tree, which comes from River Ridge Tree Farms in Ashe County, will be cut today and transported to Washington. Read more about the story here.

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This time of year just begs for a Thanksgiving-oriented post. As I was racking my brain trying to come up with a suitable one, I remembered something that had caught my eye several years ago. It is a “Proclamation by Richard Caswell concerning a day of thanksgiving.” Caswell was the first governor of the newly […]

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Southern Sources

It’s been on our blogroll for a few months, but our friends on the 4th floor of Wilson Library are officially launching “Southern Sources.” The staff at the Southern Historical Collection hope to use “Southern Sources” as a way to highlight some of the deeply hidden gems in the SHC and as a way to […]

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Not-So-Soft Drink

While spending another enjoyable visit to the those two fine reference works, the South Carolina Encyclopedia and the Encyclopedia of North Carolina, it struck me that my adopted state of North Carolina appears to have pulled substantially ahead of my native state of South Carolina in the important field of soft drinks. Cheerwine, a cherry […]

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We are pleased to announce that a new digital collection has been created which contains images from a recently processed collection in the Photographic Archives: the Edward J. McCauley Photographic Materials. This collection contains photographs taken by Edward J. McCauley (1926-2003) as a photographer for the Burlington Times-News in Burlington, North Carolina between the years […]

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While browsing the North Carolina postcards this Sunday afternoon, I was struck by a rather humorous message to a Miss Daisy of Lattimore, NC, that relates to the vernacular of today’s language. Have you ever heard of anyone described as a “creeper”? Apparently, lots of people (males, mostly) fit the description: awkward passerbys, stalkers at […]

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Thanksgiving Menu, 1960

In October, I shared with you a menu from the Chuck Wagon Restaurant in Boone, NC. In honor of the upcoming Turkey Day, I’ll share with you another menu collected by one of our former curators, William S. Powell. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to dig in.

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Even though most messages sent via postcard are fairly standard updates about the weather and/or places of interest, it often feels a bit voyeuristic to be transcribing these messages from the more or less distant past.  Every once in a while I come across a card that has to be shared because it presents some […]

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Our recent post about the arrival of the Moravians in North Carolina prompted a comment which reminded us that the North Carolina Collection has a pinback button that features a real photo view of the Moravian Church quite similar to photograph used to illustrate Harry McKown’s ‘This Month‘ article. This image is not to scale […]

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Tar Heel Treasures

If you haven’t done so already, check out WRAL’s “Tar Heel Treasures.” From Scaly Mountain General Store to the Bogue Inlet Pier, it’s a great way to view North Carolina.

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