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Archive for May, 2013

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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A researcher recently shared this tidbit with us. He found it in the “Scenes” column of the Chapel Hill Weekly, 5 May 1963, page 1: “HUGH LEFLER (the happy debunker) informing his UNC history class that Fred Hargett, not William R. Davie, headed the committee that located the site of the University, and that Davie […]

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Banana Coconut Chiffon Pie from Granny’s drawers : four generations of family favorites. Buttermilk Coconut Pie from Tarheels cooking for Ronald’s kids. Coconut Chicken from Love yourself cookbook : easy recipes for one or two. Coconut Melt-Aways from Sweet Carolina : favorite desserts and candies from the Old North State. Coconut Muffins from Pass the plate : the collection from Christ Church. Earthquake Cake from The Cane […]

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UNC’s 2013 graduating class enjoyed a beautiful day for its commencement. In honor of those students, our artifact of the month is a commencement marshal’s baton, used at UNC’s commencement ball around 1915 or 1916. This baton was carried by William B. Umstead, a graduate of the Class of 1916 who later went on to […]

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Twin City residents this past weekend celebrated the 100th anniversary of the consolidation of Winston and Salem into one municipality. The joining of the two towns in 1913 was a long time in the making. As Frank Tursi writes in Winston-Salem: A History, in 1879 the town boards in Winston and Salem appointed a special […]

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“In 1943 Roosevelt asked Jonathan Daniels to serve as minister to New Zealand, [but] Senator Josiah W. Bailey blocked his appointment. A foe of Daniels in state politics, Bailey did not like Daniels’s  reference to Robert E. Lee’s army as ‘largely composed of white men who were not only slaveless but almost as degraded as […]

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One state’s highest-paid public employee is a medical school plastic surgeon. Another state’s is a hockey coach. Neither state is North Carolina.  

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“In the more closely monitored waters of Boston Harbor, individual fugitives had no opportunity to be Cinques and Washingtons [slaves who went free after revolts at sea], and their friends on the shore could do little to help. “In June 1841 John Torrence, a fugitive from North Carolina, was discovered on a Boston-bound ship, but […]

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Fifty-nine years ago today, Louis Armstrong and his All-Stars wowed an audience at UNC’s Memorial Hall with this tune. Thanks to our friends at the State Archives for bringing this to our attention!

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“The Attorney-General of North Carolina has ruled that passengers in railroad cars who are served a meal in North Carolina must pay the state sales tax even though they don’t finish the dessert until they’re in Virginia, which has no such tax.” – From “A Dangerous Ruling” in the Wall Street Journal (Nov. 9, 1954) […]

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