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Archive for June, 2012

On this day in 1957: A coal-burning, narrow-gauge engine that once hauled iron ore from an Avery County mine to a Tennessee smelter returns from retirement as the centerpiece of a Blowing Rock amusement park. The East Tennessee & Western North Carolina Railroad began doing business in the late 1800s. Locals dubbed the ET & […]

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It’s hard to imagine now, but the North Carolina skies were once teeming with brightly colored parakeets. Conuropsis carolinensis, the Carolina Parakeet, was the only species of parrot native to the eastern United States. The story of the Parakeet is one of abundance and extinction, beauty and tragedy. Our current Gallery exhibit celebrates the life […]

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“[A] test has been done by Mel Gray, who teaches eco­nom­ics at the Uni­ver­sity of St. Thomas, and the results cast doubt on the idea that a flour­ish­ing artis­tic envi­ron­ment will cause eco­nomic growth…. “Gray told me, ‘I spent a sab­bat­i­cal in North Car­olina, and both Raleigh and Durham have estab­lished these Offices of Cre­ativ­ity, […]

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From Columbus County Cookbook II. From Dixie Dishes. From Hyde County Cook Book. From Buffet Benny’s Family Cookbook: Recipes, Stories & Poems from the Appalachian Mountains.

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When the 44th president speaks at Bank of America Stadium, will he say something memorable? The record of his predecessors is an interestingly mixed bag.  Can you can identify the presidents or future presidents who made these comments on their visits to Charlotte? 1. “I have seen the denuding of your forests, I have seen […]

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I asked historian Michael C. Hardy what surprised him most in researching his forthcoming “Civil War Charlotte”: “How little recognition that Civil War Charlotte has gotten over the past 150 years…. “Charlotte was a major rail hub, had some major private sector manufacturing facilities, had one of the most important Confederate naval manufacturing yards, plus […]

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“Plans were announced today for a 21-story residence for men students to be constructed on the University campus here.” “It will be one of the tallest buildings in the state…And probably the tallest college residential structure in the Southeast.” “Already dubbed ‘The Tower,’ construction on the new 1,000-man unit is expected to begin next March…’The […]

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“In his famous 1997 book Guns, Germs and Steel [geographer Jared Diamond hypothesized that] along lines of latitude there will be more cultural homogeneity than along lines of longitude. “To test that prediction, researchers at Stanford University used language persistence as a proxy for cultural diversity, and analyzed the percentage of historically indigenous languages that […]

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Below lay the library, eight Greek columns with Doric capitals, great graceful glass doors like reflective eyes. ‘The library is the focal point of the university,’ he said. They walked step by step toward it. It was the shape of the Parthenon. The smell that came out the swinging doors toward them was cool, bookish, […]

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From High Hampton Hospitality. From Dixie Dishes. From Good Eatin’ from Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, Durham, North Carolina. From Carolina Cooking. From The Charlotte Cookbook. From Soup to Nuts: a Cook Book of Recipes Contributed by Housewives and Husbands of Alamance County and Other Sections of State and Country.  

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