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Archive for June, 2010

– Is adding diversity to the Capitol monument community “baldly racist, sexist, and classically Marxist”? — Just how rare is that “rare” photo of two slave children found at a Charlotte yard sale? — Will a forthcoming book of Salisbury photos include a well-known sign on N.C. 150?

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“Even in maturity, long-legged (6 ft. 6 in.) Clarence E. McVey, 49, a carpenter of Graham, N.C. (pop. 5,000) could not forget the misery of his schooldays. He had grown so fast that he towered above all his classmates, was so gangling and awkward that he became the butt of their jokes. He swore that […]

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On this day in 1941: Reacting to Charles Lindbergh’s opposition to United States involvement in the war against Germany, Charlotte City Council changes the name of Lindbergh Drive to Avon Terrace. A property owner had complained to the city that “judging from the man’s stand in regard to his country, he does not deserve to […]

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Summer Is Here

This image shows students enjoying the Kessing Pool shortly after its completion in 1943. Named for Commander Oliver Owen Kessing, the pool provided aquatic training for the Navy Pre-Flight School which trained pilots during WWII.

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Wonderful Revelation

A recent email question led me to the discovery of a fascinating little book in our Vault Collection describing a visit to Heaven. Luzene Chipman, a Quaker from Guilford County, North Carolina, was “taken sick” in April 1877. After about two weeks she apparently passed into a coma and was believed to have died. According […]

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This month, Documenting the American South highlights the complex and troubled history of North Carolina’s official policies governing the rights and disposition of its indigenous Native Americans. Check it out at: Native Americans in North Carolina Many of the original items can be found and used in the North Carolina Collection.

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Come and Get It

For a mouth-wateringly good read try the News & Observer‘s article on the 25 tasty dishes that define North Carolina, at least in terms of food. Barbecue, fried chicken, banana pudding, and pork chop sandwiches are all there. I particularly approved the authors’ plug for fried chicken gizzards which, along with fried chicken livers, you […]

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DigitalNC.org

I’m happy to announce the availability of DigitalNC.org, the online home for materials published by the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. The site is sure to be a treasure-trove of North Caroliniana and is a must-visit for regular readers of North Carolina Miscellany. There are several projects available on the site now, including North Carolina […]

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“Over the course of my career [as police chief in New York, Philadelphia and Miami, the lament I heard repeatedly from citizens was] ‘the only thing I really want is a cop on the beat, like the guy who patrolled the streets when I was growing up.’ “I found this lament was not of recent […]

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Just Horsing Around

According to a recent article in the News and Observer, North Carolina now has a state horse. Called mustangs by the General Assembly but banker ponies in our clipping files, our new state horse has been around for quite a while on the Outer Banks. Many believe these smallish steeds descend from horses which escaped […]

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