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Look at this map, and notice that deep, deep in the Republican South, there’s a thin blue band stretching from the Carolinas through Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. These are the counties that went for Obama in the last election….Why? Well, the best answer, says marine biologist Craig McClain, may be an old one, going back […]

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We hope you’ll join us this afternoon for a free public lecture by Yale historian Glenda Gilmore. The details: “Knowledge Capital and Human Flourishing: Educating North Carolinians, 1865–1970″ Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012 Wilson Special Collections Library 5:30 pm, Pleasants Family Assembly Room The lecture is the keynote address for the statewide conference New Voyages to […]

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The North Carolina State Fair is set to open for its 145th year tomorrow in Raleigh. The event has changed over the years. Electricity arrived in 1884 and the first Midway ride was erected in 1891. The first food booths opened in 1900. And the first airplane exhibit was held in 1910, almost seven years […]

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“Positively no dogs of any size, value, color or ugliness allowed….Guests who attempt to smuggle them in in vanity boxes or suit cases will be asked to vacate their rooms.” – From a 1920 brochure for the Grove Park Inn in Asheville  

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If you’re interested in finding out more about Carolina this University Day, consider attending the Dialectic and Philanthropic Societies’ annual Kemp Plummer Battle lecture. Governor James E. Holshouser, Jr., will deliver the lecture at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 12, in the Hanes Art Center auditorium. The lecture will focus on University history and traditions. […]

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In honor of the North Carolina State Fair opening this Thursday, we offer recipes of everything fried. “Fried Apple Pies” “Fried Green Tomatoes” from Dixie Classic Fair for Northwest North Carolina: Favorite Recipes from Friends of the Fair. “French Fried Onion Rings” from Recipes for Gourmet Eating: A Compilation of Favorite Tested Recipes of Housewives […]

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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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On this day in 1864: Capt. James Iredell Waddell of Pittsboro, assigned by the Confederacy to cripple the Northern economy by sea, sails from England. He will take the clipper ship Shenandoah as far as Australia, then head north, burning and scuttling ships as he goes. In the Bering Strait he burns eight American whalers. […]

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“Industrial progress in North Carolina is primarily of the Piedmont. Cotton and tobacco factories dot this section, and from it comes most of the new noise. “The Piedmont is the natural habitat of the North Carolina Babbitt. Over it the boosters swarm. “But from the point of view of charm, the Piedmont is the state’s […]

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The origin of the nickname “Tar Heel” is one that comes up often whenever North Carolinians are talking with visitors from out of state. Like many colloquialisms, a precise origin is hard to pin down as the nickname was probably used in informal conversation long before it ever appeared in print. But that doesn’t stop […]

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