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Archive for April, 2009

The recent early spate of hot weather (way too hot in April…even for North Carolina) got me thinking about the sun, which in turn reminded me of a recent conversation I had with one of my predecessors. She had recently come across a description of a solar eclipse in 1900. Eclipses are always fascinating subjects, […]

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Where the Heel?, Part XV

Thanks to the suggestions of one of our dedicated readers and donors, Mr. Lew Powell, we’ve decided to try something new for the fifteenth edition of “Where the Heel?”. This time, the slogan is from one of the three-dimensional artifacts in the North Carolina Collection. As usual, we have digitally deleted the name of the […]

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New Features on NC Maps

The North Carolina Maps digital project has recently uploaded a collection of North Carolina State Highway Maps, dating from 1916-2000. From the NC Maps website: The first North Carolina State Highway map was issued in 1916, showing proposed highways connecting major cities across the state. This map was printed after the Federal-Aid Highway Act was […]

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This real photo postcard of the oldest house in Sanford, N.C. is one of several cards produced by the Felch sisters that we’ve recently uploaded to the North Carolina Postcards website.  Stephen E. Massengill’s book “Photographers in North Carolina:  “The First Century 1842-1941″ provided some brief biographical background on the two sisters. Dora Alice Felch […]

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Where the Heel?, Part XIV

In the responses to our last “Where the Heel?” people began discussing the use of the same slogan for different places. With that in mind, I think it is important to note that apparently all roads lead to…more than one place in North Carolina. In February we featured Wide Awake Wilson as the “Where the […]

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My shoelaces are singed; I’ve got melted plastic and Carolina Blue paint on the sides of my shoes; I have a mysterious burn mark on my knee; and I’m still a little sleepy from last Monday night. So…I’m sorry it took this long to post something about UNC’s 5th NCAA men’s basketball national championship. I […]

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NC Novels Blog hits 400!

The Read North Carolina Novels site has reached a giant achievement: 400 entries! If you haven’t had a chance to check it out–or if you haven’t visited recently–I invite you to do so. New books are added several times each week and we welcome suggestions of books to add to our list. We also heartily […]

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Just in time to add some excitement to your weekend, here’s the newest edition of “Where the Heel?” I saw this brochure in the ephemera collection and thought that the heart and the industrial city skyline were a great combination that I should share. As usual, I’ve left blanks where the name of the locality […]

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Apropos for National Humor Month, DocSouth’s April Highlight features, “19th Century Student Shenanigans at UNC.”  These antebellum tales of mischief and mockery are good for a chuckle or two and shed some light on the social life of students during this time.

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This April marks artist Kenneth Noland’s 85th birthday!  Noland was born and raised in Asheville, NC and attended art school at Black Mountain College on the GI Bill after serving in WWII.   You can read about Noland’s artistic career and Tar Heel roots in the newest edition of “This Month in North Carolina.”

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