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Archive for May, 2009

Our postcard collections include a wide variety of styles and materials, and we try to represent the different types of postcards in our digital collection, including examples of real photograph, leather, and wood cards. In addition to postcards of different media, we also have postcards with unique formats.  Grouped with our over-sized postcards are a […]

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Just something interesting I found in the stacks. The pamphlet is from the Polk Diphtheria Cure Co. of Boston, Massachusetts, though the “cure” itself seems to have been invented by Leonidas Lafayette Polk (1837-1892). An agrarian and Populist leader, Polk also founded the Progressive Farmer and was North Carolina’s first commissioner of agriculture.

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David Stick died on May 24 (read his obituary here). A longtime historian of North Carolina’s coast, Stick wrote several books on the topic, including Graveyard of the Atlantic: Shipwrecks of the North Carolina Coast, The Outer Banks of North Carolina: 1584-1958 and Roanoke Island: the Beginnings of English America. In 1986, he donated his […]

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People interested in North Carolina’s rich maritime history will want to check out our newest Research Guide, cleverly entitled Maritime History of North Carolina: A Research Guide. It covers a long chronological period (from pre-colonial days to the 20th century) and addresses several specific aspects of the state’s maritime history, including pirates, shipwrecks, maritime archaeology, […]

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Where The Heel?, Part XIX

Ready for the next installment? OK, here we go. Just where is “The Shopping Center of Roanoke”? Got a guess? Leave it as a comment below. We’ll let you know if you are correct.

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This button comes from the Lew Powell Memorabilia Collection, which is a part of the North Carolina Collection Gallery. Lew has been kind enough to send us background information on some of the pins in his collection, so North Carolina Miscellany wants to share this information with our readers. “In 1948 North Carolina suffered the […]

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For those genealogists in the readership, let me point you to a great resource that the North Carolina State Library and North Carolina State Archives just launched: North Carolina Family Records Online The site “contains over 200 Bible Records (lists of birth, marriage, and death information recorded in North Carolina Bibles throughout the 18th, 19th, […]

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A long-time reader, frequent commenter, and even more frequent “answerer” of Tar Heel trivia postings emailed the following link to me recently: A black woman’s journey to the rabbinate in North Carolina In June, Alysa Stanton will become the first African-American woman to be ordained as a rabbi. In August, she will assume her duties […]

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I just read an entire article on CNN’s website called “Does your state have the best BBQ?” or the “Quest for the best barbecue” and only saw “North Carolina” mentioned once! The entire article could have been just one sentence: “Yes, my state, which is North Carolina, does have the best barbecue.” The word “Texas” […]

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North Carolina’s own “Catfish” Hunter has been included on Sports Illustrated’s Top 15 Major League Baseball Nicknames. The website has this to say about Hunter’s nickname: “Hunter was nicknamed ‘Catfish’ by Royals owner Charles Finley, who felt the youngster needed a catchy nickname. The owner then created a story that Hunter had caught a large […]

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