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“[During a 1926 train tour of the South, H. L. Mencken mischievously touted a succession of Southern governors as presidential contenders.]  After attending a Carolina-Duke football game with Dr. and Mrs. Fred Hanes of Chapel Hill he met the press ….  Far be it from a magazine editor to interfere in local politics, but Governor […]

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Gaddy’s Geese Refuge

Since 1934, thousands of Canadian geese have been flying south to Ansonville, N.C. to spend the winter at Lockhart Gaddy’s Wild Geese Refuge. Gaddy was born in Anson County, and worked as a naturalist.  He planted special grains and enlarged the lake on his property in order to attract more geese as they flew South.  […]

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Looking for something to do today???? Try this: http://atlasobscura.com/obscura-day According to a CNN story, the website is “a Wikipedia-style user-generated site, …[that seeks]…to highlight and reveal ‘the world’s wonders, curiosities and esoterica’ through an integration of travel and Web. Two of the events are in North Carolina, one in Elkin and one in Greensboro. Check […]

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“Tallulah [Bankhead]’s last ‘Private Lives’ tour [in 1950] was blighted by her dissipation…drinking, sniffing cocaine and smoking pot. “But the show again did sensational business.  ‘A box office riot,’ Variety reported from Charlotte, North Carolina. ‘Town has gone off its rocker.’  Tallulah’s… performance had been sold out weeks in advance. Tallulah had said she wouldn’t […]

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We’re used to the bitter, vitriolic debates and commercials of our modern campaigns, but it isn’t a recent phenomenon. Check out this broadside from the campaign of 1896.

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“The accomplishments of North Carolina’s Senator Robert (‘Buncombe Bob’) Rice Reynolds are varied. He has been married five times, sired four children, kissed the late Jean Harlow on the Capitol steps, and is the only U.S. Senator to shoot an enraged bull walrus at 20 feet. “For 10 years he has been a labor-baiting, immigrant-hating […]

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On this day in 1865: George W. Nichols, a major in Sherman’s army, writes in his journal in Averasboro in Harnett County, where Confederate Col. Alfred Rhett, former commander of Ft. Sumter, has just been captured: “Rhett [is] one of the ‘first family’ names of which South Carolina is so proud. From the conversation of […]

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Check out the most recent highlight from our colleagues at Documenting the American South: North Carolina and the Struggle for Women’s Suffrage.

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Although I’m not lucky enough to have been born in North Carolina, I did spend my entire childhood (except for one lousy year in South Carolina) in the Tar Heel State. I have fond memories of taking North Carolina history in 4th and 8th grades, so I love looking at the shelves that contain our […]

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Not to disparage the wide range of merch offered at http://www.newbern300store.com/index.html, but New Bern’s 300th anniversary commemorative medallions, tote bags, T-shirts, shot glasses and can koozies surely pale in comparison with this colorful celluloid badge (click to enlarge) from the city’s 200th anniversary celebration.

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