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Archive for February, 2011

On this day in 1865: A.O. Abbott, first lieutenant in the 1st N.Y. Dragoons, recalls the arrival in Goldsboro of a trainload of 700 fellow Union prisoners, these from Salisbury and Florence, S.C.: “They had ridden all night in open flatcars, without a particle of shelter or fire. It was . . . a bitter […]

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This is only peripherally about North Carolina, but the recent death of Jack LaLanne reminded me of his visit to Charlotte in 1981. He was promoting both his chain of fitness centers and his belief in intense physical exercise. The latest issue of Sports Illustrated had profiled him, showing him posing with a statue of […]

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On this day in 1920: Nearing the end of a national tour, Gen. John J. Pershing, commander of the U.S. Army during World War I, arrives in Asheville. Despite an influenza quarantine, hundreds are on hand to see Pershing’s private rail car, attached to the Carolina Special, pull into Biltmore station. During his three-hour stay […]

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– “Wisconsin of the South”? Does that make us pimiento-cheeseheads? — Speaking of cheese, how about a Hatcher Cracker? — A lady of uncertain age shows up on Hatteras Island. — Come 2061, will we still be hearing paeans to blacks in gray? But reality triumphs — grownups, take note — in a seventh-grade classroom. […]

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This poster (or, at least, a facsimile of it) is one of the many items in our recently opened exhibit “From Di-Phis to Loreleis: A History of Student Organizations at UNC.” And, like many of the items on display in the North Carolina Collection Gallery, there’s an interesting story that goes with it. The 1897 […]

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Tom Vincent, records management analyst at the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, is the latest historian to take on the task of tallying the state’s Civil War monuments (and the first to have compiled a searchable database). . Tom, how many “standing soldier” Confederate monuments have you recorded? Fifty-four, out of a total of 110 […]

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Ore samples of North Caroliniana inexpertly mined from the Google Public Data Explorer: — Population density is increasing more rapidly in North Carolina than nationwide. — In the first half of the 20th century, men outnumbered women in the U.S.  — but not in  North Carolina, where the sex ratio was virtually equal. Explanation, anyone? […]

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I’ve read lots about financial situations in North Carolina during my time working in the North Carolina Collection…pro-tax hikes, anti-tax hikes, printing more paper money in Revolutionary War-era NC, the gold standard, layoffs, hiring…and so on, and so on. However, Governor Perdue’s “Balance the Budget Challenge” has to be one of the most interesting things […]

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Thanks to the fan site J! Archive we know that since 1985 North Carolina has been mentioned on “Jeopardy!” in answers or questions at least 258 times. For instance… 1.  “Hawk” Eyes for $1,200 (Feb. 9, 2011) “This aircraft carrier named for a North Carolina site has been nicknamed ‘Battle Cat.’ ” 2. The CW […]

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Come to the library’s first gallery talk about our recently installed exhibit, “Homefront on the Hill: Chapel Hill and the University During the Civil War.” Ernest Dollar, director of the Chapel Hill Preservation Society, will discuss Chapel Hill during the war on February 16, from 3 to 4 p.m. To read more about this gallery […]

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