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Archive for September, 2009

Farm Equipment Postcard

An advertisement postcard from the Durwood Barbour Collection.

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On this date in 1961 Maria Beale Fletcher of Asheville, a former Radio City Rockette, became the only Miss North Carolina ever chosen Miss America. This pinback button from the collection shows her parents, Beale and Peggy Fletcher, who founded Asheville’s Fletcher School of Dance in 1948.

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Take a look at the video about Wilson Library’s new exhibit: “Four from between the Wars” You can come see the exhibit in person until September 30. The exhibit is in conjunction with the North Carolina Literary Festival, which runs from September 10 to September 13. We hope to see you there!

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I had an interesting experience while researching the 81st Infantry Division last week. The unit, which was formed during World War I, was made up of recruits from North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. Training was held at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, near Wildcat Creek. During training, it was decided that patches could make it […]

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“On the same afternoon [in 1908 that President Theodore Roosevelt] declared the Grand Canyon a national monument, he began threatening to do the same with large parts of the Appalachian and White Mountains, an action certain to cause tremendous resistance by congressmen from Maine to Georgia. One notable exception was Gov. Robert Glenn of North […]

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“The scheme is so transparently impossible, so plainly a gold-brick proposition, that ordinarily the inmates of a school for the feebleminded could not be induced to part with their coin for a certificate of membership… “But running through the whole scheme is a wicked appeal to race prejudice. There is a hark back to the lawless […]

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We recently uploaded the first postcard of Pilot Mountain to the North Carolina Postcards digital collection.  Otherwise known as as Mt. Pilot to the viewers of The Andy Griffith Show, Pilot Mountain is a popular destination for rock climbers and one of the state’s most distinctive geological features. Pilot Mountain is a monadnock – a […]

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The buck started here

“Game was abundant on the upper Yadkin [in North Carolina]…. According to one local story, Bear Creek, near the Yadkin forks, took its name when [Daniel] Boone killed 99 bear on the creek in a single season. “Deer were even more numerous. Boone and another hunter reportedly killed 30 deer in a single day…. Deerskin […]

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In honor of the bicentennial of Lincoln’s birth year, I thought I’d mention two more sources that discuss the myth and controversy of Abraham Lincoln’s paternity. The Abraham Enloe Papers that are housed in the Southern Historical Collection contain a copy of a letter written in the 1960s that claims that North Carolinian Abraham Enloe […]

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The Birth Of O. Henry

Read Harry McKown’s latest installment in the ever-popular This Month in North Carolina History series—”The Birth of O. Henry.”

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