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Archive for June, 2009

The summertime is in full swing here in Chapel Hill, and like most people I’m running around looking for something to wear that won’t make me pass out from heatstroke in ten minutes or less. A surefire answer, for me at least, has been to make some garments myself. For a quick course in choosing […]

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Anna Julia Cooper was born into slavery in Raleigh in 1858.  She attended school at St. Augustine’s College just three years after the Civil War ended, and became the fourth African American woman in the country to receive her doctoral degree (in 1925, from the Sorbonne).  She later worked as a teacher and educational reformer […]

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The recently-passed “cash for clunkers” bill isn’t government’s first try at encouraging motorists to trade up. In 1938, as the automobile industry struggled to free itself from the Depression, Gov. Clyde Hoey asked North Carolinians to do their part during National Used Car Exchange Week: “The accumulation of used cars in the hands of automobile […]

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Early postcards were often images drawn and colored from photographs of places or events.  You can easily see this when you have two nearly identical postcards from different publishers or colorists.  An advantage to working from a photograph is the ability to idealize the reality of a scene.  Postcard producers frequently removed unsightly utility poles, […]

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North Carolina Myths

We’re posting the request below on behalf of Michael Hill, director of NC’s Office of Archives and History Research Branch. You may either leave your suggestions as comments–and they will be forwarded to Mr. Hill–or you may email them to the North Carolina Collection’s general email account: nccref@email.unc.edu The Research Branch of the North Carolina […]

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This is another interesting button from the Lew Powell Memorabilia Collection. In 1951, the Ryder Cup, a biennial golf match between the United States and Great Britain (now a team made up of Europeans), was held in Pinehurst—the first and only time this event has been held in North Carolina. The U.S. team, captained by […]

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“People don’t eat like they talk.” Ron Doggett, then-CEO of GoodMark Foods in Raleigh, explaining the popularity of Slim Jim sausages in a supposedly fat-phobic culture (1996).

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Visit NC Farms

We recently received a copy of Discover North Carolina Farms – the 2009 Guide & Map to North Carolina Agritourism Farms.  The map shows all the participating farms, their contact information, directions, and their activities/offerings.  Stop by the NCC’s Reading Room to take a look, or check out their website, Visit NC Farms.

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Once again, we’re appealing to our faithful readers for help with a postcard: The above postcard bears the claim of “Oldest House in Sanford, N.C.”  I did some research to see if I could find anything in support of this claim, but didn’t come up with much.  A lot of sources point to the Railroad […]

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The other day I came across a 56 page pamphlet about the First Baptist Church of Charlotte, NC, by Max Hamilton. It was titled First Baptist Church: Historical & Current Highlights, 1972. I glanced at it, glanced again, and then began reading. The entire pamphlet is written in rhyming verse. From the first lines of […]

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