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Archive for February, 2012

“In March 1959, scientists, government officials and lesser worthies assembled for a dinner party at the Royal Commonwealth Society, London. “Unbeknownst to them, one course was a strange strain of American peanuts: ‘NC 4x… North Carolina 4th generation X-rayed’ peanuts, produced from seeds that had been exposed to 18,500 roentgen units. “The irradiated peanuts were […]

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I’ve seen a lot of remarkable North Caroliniana on eBay but nothing as breathtaking as this supposed artifact from Wilmington 1898 offered by a dealer in Oreland, Pa. Here’s a reaction from historian Tim Tyson, who has written extensively about the black-owned Daily Record’s role in the nation’s only coup d’etat:  “If it is the […]

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- “In his five years as president of the University of North Carolina, shy, hardworking Gordon Gray, 46, won both the respect and the admiration of his three campuses. He carried on a $47 million building program, launched new four-year schools of medicine, dentistry and nursing, earnestly tried to make his university ‘the brain, the […]

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On this day in 1865: Confederate inspector T.A. Hall reports to Richmond on conditions at Salisbury prison: “The excessive rate of mortality among the prisoners merits attention. Since the 21st of October 3,479 have been buried. Pneumonia and diseases of the bowels are the prevalent diseases. The prisoners appear to die, however, more from exposure […]

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The real Carnegie Hall audience was in the schools. On Symphony Day the children knew what they were hearing, singing and playing. They had read about the music in Adeline McCall’s Symphony Stories, their teachers had attended her workshops where she not only demonstrated children’s instruments to blow, tap and shake, but got the teachers […]

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This blue-and-white sash, the February Artifact of the Month, was worn by Nannie Louise Davis in UNC’s 1936 commencement exercises. Badges at the shoulder and hip ornament the sash and gold tassels hang from the ends, rendering it an appropriately regal piece of regalia. Davis was a junior when she was elected marshal by her […]

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“With 36 million manuscripts and a million rare books, the Harry Ransom Center, on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, is a standout in the exclusive club of the world’s great museum-quality collections…. “The Ransom Center is on a buying binge, but not with the long-dead titans of literature in mind. Instead, […]

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In honor of Valentine’s Day we present a few recipes and some cookbook poetry to celebrate this day of love. From Dixie Dishes. From Tea-Kettle Talk Recipes. From The Cane Creek Cookbook.

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After 18 years of work and $980,000 in expense, officials expect to settle on the boundary between North Carolina and South Carolina later this year. Their agreement will mark the latest in a long simmering debate over the dividing line. Campbell University social scientist Marvin Lucian Skaggs suggested in North Carolina Boundary Disputes Involving Her […]

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“…I was lecturing in North Carolina when your letter arrived  — which reminds me that some of the Negro leaders in Greensboro… are so timid that they are not accepting as fast the new responsibilities of freedom as they might, which of course they rationalize as the sole fault of white people. Fortunately, this is […]

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