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Archive for December, 2009

“The juxtaposition of progress and nostalgia [in Charlotte during the 1929 reunion of Confederate veterans], far from being contradictory, was, the Observer argued, touching and poignant. A reporter captured this striking anecdote: ‘Two gray-haired men stood on the corner of Trade and Tryon streets, unmindful of the swirling traffic around them. As they lifted their eyes toward the […]

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Squire Boone Tombstone

An image from my adopted home of Davie County… Tombstone of Squire Boone, father of Daniel Boone, at Joppa Cemetery, Mocksville, NC. [Photograph by Jerry Cotten; original negative given by Jerry Cotten; 80-19] My favorite story to tell about this tombstone and cemetery is that it is right beside the old Wal-Mart shopping center in […]

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“[In December 1947] he was paid a hundred dollars to sing for striking tobacco workers in [Winston-Salem]. He quickly ran into trouble, though, when he wrote a picket line song that included the verse: All colors of hands gonna work together All colors of eyes gonna laugh and shine All colors of feet gonna dance together […]

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Following the death of Oral Roberts on December 15, 2009, our friends at “A View to Hugh” blogged about a few images of the Pentecostal evangelist in the Hugh Morton Photograph Collection: Granville Oral Roberts, 1918-2009. Did you know that Oral Roberts had another North Carolina connection? The Raleigh News and Observer reported that Roberts […]

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“Eric Johnston [head of the Motion Picture Association of America] … revealed that an audience in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, had actually stoned the screen of a theater showing a Hepburn film. Most likely the film was ‘Song of Love’… which had screened at the Carolina Theatre the week of Oct. 24 [1947]. “While neither […]

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Here’s a photograph that’s got a lot of us stumped, so we are turning it over to your collective knowledge.  The photograph is labeled on the back “Presidents of UNC” and that it was once part of the UNC News Bureau, but there is no other identifying information.  A bit of investigation, however, leads me […]

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From a print in the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives (P1-44-S95-H76; 84-55). Caption on back of index image reads: “Children gathering wood at Sunburst, NC about 1910.”

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“In 1916 the [International] Health Board established its first county health unit in North Carolina…. Although directed primarily at hookworm, these units were educational in scope, awakening people to the importance of public health and hygiene. “North Carolina was not a healthy place. Its population, 85 percent of which was rural, suffered from ‘low-ebb vitality’ brought […]

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As I was mailing a Christmas card to a friend in Hickory, I was reminded about how confusing the town’s street system is to me. Has anyone else had the same experience? Don’t know what I’m talking about? Here’s my friend’s address (with the house number changed to protect his privacy): 100 44th Ave Ct […]

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The North Carolina State Archives recently announced the release of the North Carolina Newspaper Digitization Project. This is a completion of a two year project, funded by an LSTA grant provided by the State Library of North Carolina. It includes 23,483 digital images of papers dating from 1752 to the 1890s, including the collection of […]

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