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According to the pageant website, this cheekily posed young woman is Jeanne Wofford of Forest City, Miss North Carolina 1940. Wonder what path she took to becoming “Pride of the Shore”  at a New Jersey roller rink? Photo courtesy of Miss North Carolina Pageant.  

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“Some [Confederate] states passed ‘stay laws’ to prevent confiscation of soldiers’ property in their absence or postpone it until after the war. But creditors would have none of it…. Jonathan Worth — a North Carolina slaveholder, cotton planter, mill owner and speculator [and future governor, 1865-68] — complained that the stay law ‘disorganized Civilized society.’ […]

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“If you understood what communism was, you would hope and pray on your knees that we would someday be communist. I am a socialist, I think that we should strive toward a socialist society — all the way to communism.” – Jane Fonda, speaking at Duke University in 1979  

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As summer winds down, some children and families are returning from sojourns at their respective churches’ assemblies in the mountains. Presbyterians, Baptists and Methodists have been congregating at their mountain resorts since the turn of the 20th century. Presbyterians chartered the Mountain Retreat Association in 1897 and shortened the first two words of their organization […]

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Rick Perry’s entrance into the presidential race has renewed attention to his ambitious if fruitless prayer for rain  in drought-afflicted Texas. But Perry certainly isn’t the first governor to seek such divine meteorological intervention. In 1925, reacting to a brutal drought across the South, N.C. Gov. Angus McLean proclaimed “a day of humility and prayer […]

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On this day in 1879: Winds of 135 mph and tides 4 feet above normal hit the North Carolina coast. “Beaufort and Morehead City are classed as ruined . . . completely wrecked,” reports the Raleigh Daily News. Only two lives are lost, both in rescue attempts, but the storm destroys Beaufort’s landmark three-story Atlantic […]

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– Captured battle flags returning to N.C. coast  (and not everybody is happy about it). – Tidbits of Tar Heelia tucked in David McCullough’s latest. – For Colored Agricultural Fair, “The whole city participated, just like Bele Chere.” – Nitrate negatives yield a (slow-loading) gallery of “Old Wilmington Mystery Photos.” – Who would steal Mitch […]

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Say it ain’t so! There are no North Carolina towns listed in the latest version of CNN Money’s Top 100 “Best Places to Live“? Should we take it as an insult? Should we ask for a recount? Should we ask for a recalibration of the scales? Should we assume that it is some nefarious plot […]

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“If the activities of the white Charlotte Woman’s Club are any indication, interracial contact within public health campaigns had borne fruit. By 1919 white women had moved from the isolation of discussing racial issues with each other to interracial dialogue. “That year, the Woman’s Club embarked upon a course of study to better understand the […]

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This Artifact of the Month post highlights a mantel clock given to School of Pharmacy alumna Adeline Bush Bradshaw Pegram. The Bulova clock’s face features a metal relief of the Old Well circumscribed by the University’s name. The donor believes that this clock was given to Addie Bradshaw at the time of her graduation in […]

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