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Archive for June, 2009

Summertime Activities?

The NCC has a fabulous “staff picks” display up in our reading room, which everyone should come by and check out, if you have some free time. The staff of the NCC is asked to place different themed items in this exhibit, which is changed about every 3-4 months. The current staff pick theme is […]

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If you’ve ever wondered what your trusted staff is up to when they aren’t on the reference desk, it looks a little like this: Jason drinks a can of Cheerwine to supplement his “piece” of Cheerwine cake. Andy Griffith looks on with jealousy as Harry samples the cake. Not too long ago I had my […]

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In 2002 South Carolina voters elected a Sanford (Mark) to succeed a Hodges (Jim) as governor. In what year had North Carolina voters done the same?

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For those of you that still read the newspaper, you may have noticed a story in this morning’s Raleigh News and Observer called “By the book: Introducing our summer series.” This summer the paper is going to examine North Carolina, a guide to the old north State…, which “was one of a series of WPA […]

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A longtime reader of NC Miscellany sent us this link to a YouTube video posted by the New Hanover County Public Library. Rollin Down the Cape Fear River Enjoy!

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The Southern Folklife Collection recently started a new blog called “Field Trip South: Exploring the Southern Folklife Collection.”  You can check it out here, and be sure to visit often!   They’ll be posting information about their events and concerts as well as sharing samples of their vast AV collection on old-time, country-western, hillbilly, bluegrass, […]

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Those Other Schools

One thing that you have probably guessed by now is that NC Miscellany is headquartered in the North Carolina Collection, which is at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Our job is to collect things about????…..you guessed it, North Carolina. We do that, and I think we do it well. We collect a […]

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The expression “It’s a long time between drinks,” coined during a meeting between the governors of North Carolina and South Carolina, became so widely known it was quoted by both Rudyard Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson. During Reconstruction, Gen. Dan Sickles refused to allow an adjournment that would have delayed the states’ formal acceptance of new voter registration laws. James […]

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In 1903 the General Assembly  empowered the Audubon Society to enforce the state’s game laws. By 1909 the society’s administration of the laws  — as well as the laws themselves  — had led more than half the counties to opt out. Resistance to hunting and fishing restrictions of any kind remained strong, and it  was 1926 before the legislature […]

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We’d like to point out a wonderful new resource developed by our colleagues at North Carolina State University: North Carolina Architects & Builders. The site is a biographical dictionary that highlights architects and builders who have produced North Carolina’s architecture over the last 300 years. Take a look at it—you may notice some of the […]

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