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This is the first paragraph of the New York Times’ lengthy appreciation of the Levine Museum of the New South: “CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It is unlikely that anything resembling the impressive Levine Museum of the New South would exist anywhere else. A museum of the New North or the New East would be merely peculiar, […]

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Nordel Hill, Raleigh, NC

This real photo postcard from ca. 1904-1918 shows Nordel Hill, the log home owned by Dr. Elizabeth “Delia” Dixon-Carroll and her husband, Dr. Norwood G. Carroll.   ‘Nordel’ was a portmanteau of the couple’s first names, Delia and Norwood. Nordel Hill was located in the Bloomsbury section of Raleigh, both Dr. Dixon-Carroll and her husband […]

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Fan-tastic!

What qualifies a person as a die-hard fan? For some of us in Chapel Hill, it’s hanging in with our team for what looks to be a disappointing ACC basketball season. But we have nothing on Jack Hege, who is profiled in an article in yesterday’s New York Times. Mr. Hege, 83, has been at […]

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“Typically, the inequality of economic power between corporation and parodist determines who prevails in trademark infringement lawsuits…. The weaker party — the parodist — is effectively censored and denied due process. “An unlikely victor against a trademark bully was Michael Berard, who in 1987 was a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. […]

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Any clue as to what this button means? I’ve got a guess, but I’m not positive. The button is found in the Clarence Whitefield Memorabilia Collection, which was recently received by the North Carolina Collection Gallery. The majority of the items are related to UNC—football game buttons, UNC ties, General Alumni Association pins, ticket stubs, […]

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On this day in 1962: In a meet at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, Charlotte-reared Jim Beatty, a UNC Chapel Hill alumnus, runs the mile in 3 minutes, 58.9 seconds — the first time the 4-minute barrier has been broken on an indoor track. Pictured: A pinback button promoting Beatty’s candidacy for the N.C. House, […]

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Do you ever wonder what college was like back in 1841? We don’t have a time machine to take us back, but I’ll share UNC’s “Course of Instruction” for the 1841-1842 academic year below to give you a sense of what an undergraduate faced…Virgil, Cicero, Tacitus, Livy, Homer…the list goes on!

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“The day after [John] Brown’s execution in Virginia, [the Raleigh Register] warned Virginia governor Henry Wise to burn the gallows, lest some enterprising man remove it and ship it north, since ‘The Yankees have no objection to mingling money-making with their grief.’  The idea of memorial services and ‘mock funerals’ rumored in the North irritated […]

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“A distinguished company of U. S. educators traveled last week to a long clearing in a fragrant pine forest in North Carolina. There stood the most prodigious new educational project in the land this century — Duke University, now nearly complete though little grass yet grows on its sandy campus, no ivy on its neo-Gothic […]

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Thomas Wolfe’s Yackety Yack

The 1920 Yackety Yack, edited by Carolina’s best-known literary alumnus, Thomas Wolfe, is now available online. The energetic Wolfe appears throughout the volume, which includes his senior photo, fraternity photo, a description and picture from his play “The Third Night”, and one of his early literary works, the poem “1920 Says a Few Words to […]

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