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“Can a peaceable literary vegetarian from Brooklyn bring together what a bloody Southern basketball rivalry has torn asunder? That was surely the hope of administrators at Duke and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, when they chose Jonathan Safran Foer’s ‘Eating Animals’ as the joint summer reading for this fall’s incoming freshmen. “So far, […]

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On this day in 1945: North Carolinians take to the streets to celebrate V-J Day, marking the imminent victory over Japan and the end of World War II. In Raleigh, the crowd on Fayetteville Street is joined by a hook-and-ladder bearing a “Victory is complete” sign on its side. Within an hour, Gov. Gregg Cherry […]

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“Confederate prospects for victory seemed brightest during the months after the Emancipation Proclamation, partly because this measure divided the Northern people and intensified a morale crisis in Union armies. “Slave prices rose even faster than the rate of inflation…. A number of soldiers wrote home advising relatives to invest in slaves….The famous ‘boy colonel’ of […]

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We just received word that Andy Barker, the founder and long-time mayor of Love Valley, died on Thursday. Love Valley is the Iredell County town designed to look like the Old West, a place that draws thousands of horse lovers each year. A quick search in our stacks didn’t yield any photos of Love Valley […]

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– New York Times wowed by bottom-up perspective at Tryon Palace. — Up for auction: corner cabinet built by Daniel Boone’s brother. — Neo-Confederate non grata. — Aboard a Norfolk Southern freight, the wave never gets old. — He was present at creation of “boom chicka-boom.”  

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On Monday we added more than 300 postcards of Asheville to our North Carolina Postcards online collection. You’ll find some intriguing images of the Biltmore Estate and the Grove Park Inn. But the postcard that caught my attention is the one above. Mind you, I wasn’t drawn to it because of the photo. Rather it […]

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On this day in 1974: Lee Trevino squeezes out a one-stroke victory over Jack Nicklaus to win the PGA title at Tanglewood Country Club in Clemmons. North Carolina hosted its only other PGA championship  in 1936 at Pinehurst No. 2. The next one: Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte in 2017.

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I found this ad in the back of the 1943 edition of The Lamp, the student yearbook from the Bowman Gray School of Medicine (now the Wake Forest School of Medicine). At the time, Krispy Kreme was just a few years old and still had just a single store on South Main Street in Winston-Salem. […]

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“Thomas Wolfe, the novelist, has just taken an apartment at 865 First Avenue….Going down in the elevator the other morning, he was joined by a lady with a big police dog. The dog took an immediate liking to Mr. Wolfe, and began jumping up on him, and kissing him. Mr. Wolfe, who is only moderately […]

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“In western North Carolina a folklorist found many old family homesteads empty and neglected, but often used for family reunions; what mattered was ‘the memory of the experiences within and the meanings attached to the homeplace…. not the walls, the roof and the foundation. [They] preserve stories about old houses better than they preserve the […]

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