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Archive for March, 2009

Take a moment and get acquainted with over 300 of the newest additions to the North Carolina Collection now listed on our “What’s New in the North Carolina Collection?” page.  From politics (Christensen, Rob. The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics: The Personalities, Elections, and Events That Shaped Modern North Carolina) to mystery (Lamb, Amanda. Deadly […]

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Professor Elisha Mitchell taught chemistry, mineralogy, and geology at UNC until he fell to his death trying to prove that Mt. Mitchell was the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River.  At the time, the mountain was called Black Dome, but was later renamed in Mitchell’s honor.  At a height of 6,684 ft., Mt. Mitchell […]

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North Carolina Menus

Eileen McGrath’s call for political ephemera from the 2008 election was very successful. Many of you sent in many wonderful items (a few of which we shared on the blog: Dole, Perdue, and Education). I’d like to try this for a different type of item: restaurant menus. Some of you may remember a few blog […]

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Jan Hensley very kindly allowed me to post the following image of Dr. Franklin at the North Caroliniana Society Award banquet mentioned below. Thanks, Jan!

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Renowned scholar of American and African-American history John Hope Franklin died yesterday morning in Durham of congestive heart failure. He was 94 years old. You can read more about Dr. Franklin here, but I did want to share images of two items that the North Carolina Collection has concerning Dr. Franklin. The image above is […]

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Today is the 90th birthday of UNC alum Lawrence Ferlinghetti, co-founder and co-owner of City Lights Booksellers and Publishers, San Francisco, California, and one of America’s leading poets. Ferlinghetti, who was born in Yonkers, New York, in 1919, graduated from UNC in 1941, though he used the name “Lawrence Ferling” while in Chapel Hill (see […]

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This striking image on the cover of one of our pamphlets caught my eye today – “Plant Food:  Its Nature, Composition and Most Profitable Use, Prepared to Aid Practical Farmers,” was published c. 1895 by the North Carolina State Horticultural Society, Experimental Farms, Southern Pines.  This guide contains brief descriptions of fertilizers – Potash, Phosphorus, […]

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Where the Heel?, Part XII

After a short break, slogan-based “Where the Heel?”s are back! The image above is the cover of a general tourist brochure with a blank line replacing the name of the location being advertised. Do you know which locality not only had dig-’em-yourself gemstones, but also used the activity as the highlight of their tourism campaign? […]

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The Old North State Toast

Berton Braley’s poem reminded me of something else I’ve been meaning to blog about for quite some time: The Old North State Toast. How many of you had to memorize this in school? I did, but I have to admit that I wouldn’t do very well at reciting it right now (though in the past […]

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Another post about the Irish in North Carolina, this time from someone who does look good in green!  We’ve got material about two Irishmen whose paths crossed as they fought for the Confederate Army that I thought I’d share with you today: Thomas Conolly’s experience is recounted in a book edited by Nelson D. Lankford […]

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