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“An advocate of the two dollar shirt from Scotland Neck, N. C. — that was Claude Kitchin. But he was more as well. In 1901 he came to Congress, where his father had been before him, where one of his brothers (later Governor of North Carolina) then was. In 15 years, by his mastery of […]

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I’ve spent the past few days looking again at some of the 3,200+ maps digitized for our North Carolina Maps online collection. And, curiously, I keep coming back to the map above. I think one of the reasons is the information at the upper right of the map, Numeric and Chronologic Schedule of Cherokee Cessions […]

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In our month of dubious honors (4th laziest state?), here’s yet another one that I’m not sure we want: We’re No. 1! The bad news? For copperhead bites [from the Raleigh News & Observer]

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A few words with Michael Hill, coordinator of the N.C. Highway Historical Marker Program: Of the 7 markers approved in the last round, 5 recognize blacks and 1 a Cherokee. Is the marker advisory committee playing catch-up? Is this a formal policy? We have no established policy but rather operate based primarily on what comes […]

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Representing the Great State of North Carolina on the “50 Most Beautiful People 2010″ on Capitol Hill is Ryan Fitzpatrick, who is ranked #24 and is described as a “Carolina boy.” Check it out at: 50 Most Beautiful People 2010 HTML [the link goes to the middle of the list, where Fitzpatrick’s entry can be […]

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“I spent many hours happily gazing at doughnut machines but avoiding doughnuts until last summer, when the Krispy Kreme doughnut craze began to sweep New York and I got hooked. The modest, clean Krispy Kreme doughnut store on W. 23rd Street, with its retro green Formica tables and red and green neon ‘Hot Doughnuts Now’ […]

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The Old Lazy State?

I was going to comment on this story, N.C. ranked fourth laziest state, but frankly I don’t have the energy. I wonder what’s on TV right now? Well, I’m too lazy to turn the TV on right now, so I’m just going to take a nap…

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On this day in 1911: In Hamlet a freight train and a passenger train collide head-on, killing seven passengers and injuring 25. The passenger train had been loaded with Durham Sunday school members on an excursion to Charlotte. “Jim Crow service, using old wooden cars sandwiched between the newer steel ones, [subjected] those in the […]

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Bicycles

This unique view shows bicycles parked at Hinton James dormitory in the 1960’s. The dorm is named in honor of the first student to enroll at UNC in 1795. James walked to campus from his hometown in Wilmington. The dorm bearing his name is located he farthest away from classes, hence the need for bicycles.

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Also…one more cool news story I noticed this weekend… Unearthed photos show 1899 hurricane’s aftermath

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