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Archive for September, 2012

At the suggestion of the Davie County Public Library, the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center has just published online one of my favorite little books from the North Carolina Collection: Douglas Rights’s A Voyage Down the Yadkin – Great Peedee River. The book describes a journey taken by the author in a rowboat down the […]

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I found this interesting notice in the Highland Messenger, published in Asheville on September 25, 1840:

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Now that Google has made playing “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” simple and instantaneous, I couldn’t resist checking out the Bacon numbers for – Andy Griffith – Don Knotts – Ron Howard – Frances Bavier – Jim Nabors – George Lindsey – Howard McNear – Aneta Corsaut    

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From The Cat Who– Cookbook. From The Cane Creek Cookbook. From What’s Cook’n at Biltmore. From Favorite Recipes of the Lower Cape Fear. From A Taste of the Old and the New.

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On this day in 1958: New York stockbroker George “Snuffy” Stirnweiss, a former football and baseball star at the University of North Carolina, dies when a commuter train plunges through an open drawbridge into Newark Bay. He is 39 years old. Stirnweiss played second base on three New York Yankees’ world championship teams but is […]

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There’s so much to love, and so much to say, about our September Artifact of the Month. This head scarf from the mid-1950s features a brightly-colored pictorial map of North Carolina. Elizabeth Stinson, who donated the scarf, describes acquiring it during a childhood moving around between Greenville, South Carolina and Cooleemee, Ridgecrest, Black Mountain, and […]

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“The shards of wartime trees… were fragments to own and display…  in the parlors and cabinets of veterans and battlefield tourists. “One such war fragment is a three-foot-high tree trunk, smooth and shiny but for a single shot lodged in its surface. North Carolina artillerists fired that shot… on July 2, 1863, in an assault […]

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Several new titles just added to “New in the North Carolina Collection.” To see the full list simply click on the link in the entry or click on the “New in the North Carolina Collection” tab at the top of the page. As always, full citations for all the new titles can be found in […]

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From vendors, a sampling of pinback buttons from the Democratic National Convention. The Occupiers didn’t achieve much success in the streets, but their designer showed considerable talent. Speaking of unproductive protests, here’s my own.  

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“Nie Dym… Nessuno Fumo… Nem Szabad Pibalni…Me Tzukhek… No Fumen…No Smoking… “One language is enough in North Carolina…. “Which is simply another way of saying that workers in North Carolina are 99% native-born, loyal Americans…. willing, efficient and cooperative. The supply is ample to take care of new industry moving to North Carolina.” – From […]

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