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We recently added cards from these towns: Cheoah, Graham County Clemmons, Forsyth County Hildebran, Burke County Kitty Hawk, Dare County Kure Beach, New Hanover County Lake Junaluska, Haywood County Niagara,  Moore County Norlina, Warren County Norwood,  Stanly County

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Robert Ruark’s Africa Adventure

We’ve bagged our latest big game. The North Carolina Collection now has the DVD of Robert’s Ruark’s 1954 movie, Africa Adventure. We obtained it from Safari Press which has also reissued several of Ruark’s books. Ruark himself narrates the film, and this brings us about as close to the man as we can get. The […]

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On this day in 1913, Old Joe, a dromedary in the Barnum & Bailey circus passing through Winston-Salem, posed for the Camel cigarette package. Because the camel image on the existing pack didn’t suit R.J. Reynolds, Roy Haberkern, his secretary, went to the circus in search of a replacement. Haberkern found the trainer unwilling to […]

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The origin of “bunkum” — N.C. Congressman Felix Walker’s explanation of his longwinded, irrelevant speech on the Missouri Compromise as “talking for Buncombe” — approaches common knowledge, but the late columnist William Safire traced some notable details in “Safire’s Political Dictionary”: “By 1828…talking to (or for) Buncombe was well known. The Wilmington (N.C.) Commercial referred in 1849 to […]

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The next “Staff Picks” at the NC Collection will feature our favorite fall festivals in North Carolina. My pick is illustrated below with a program from the 1983 Lincoln County Apple Festival. As a kid, I loved attending this event. What eight-year-old boy wouldn’t like an apple box derby (though I never got to race […]

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The NCC collects a variety of material geared towards children, including ephemera, like the coloring book below, and a wide array of children’s literature. North Carolina Coloring Book. Illustrated by Vernessa Riley Foelix.  Raleigh, NC:  North Carolina Travel and Tourism Division, Department of Commerce, 1989. My favorite page from the coloring book is the one […]

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Location, location… location?

– “Dempster traveled… to perform at the Piccolo Spoleto International Festival in Charlotte, S.C.” (July 9, New Orleans Times-Picayune) — “Conroy’s first novel since ‘Beach Music’… looks at a group of long-time friends who first meet as teens in 1969 Charlotte, S.C.” (May 31, New York Post) — “Tiger Woods seemed to have a pained look […]

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Andy Griffith Museum

For the fans of Andy Griffith who may have missed the announcement, the Andy Griffith Museum will open during Mayberry Days in Mount Airy, NC, on the 26th of September. The instrument Griffith played in the Grace Moravian Church band along with numerous other artifacts and memorabilia from his career will be on display. Read […]

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Lloyd Free

Before Dennis Rodman, there was Lloyd Free. Unarguably one of the NBA’s quirkiest personalities, Free brought his exciting style to the league in the late 1970’s. After growing up in Brooklyn (where he earned the nickname “World” for his 360-degree dunks), Lloyd Free attended Guilford College from 1972-1975. As a freshman, he helped lead the […]

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“In 1941 Arthur Miller, penniless, got a job with the Library of Congress. [The 26-year-old playwright] was sent South to record accents. Miller arrived in Wilmington, North Carolina, a few weeks before Pearl Harbor….. A huge new facility had just been built to provide ships for the Navy and Atlantic convoys. But the black people who had […]

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