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On this day in 1933: Black Mountain College, destined to become one of the most important breeding grounds of American art, literature, music and dance in the 20th century, holds its first faculty meeting. The college is a Depression-era confluence of the progressive education movement in America and the Bauhaus design school in Germany, carried […]

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“The African American novelist Charles Chesnutt, who grew up in North Carolina in the 1860s and 1870s, noted the absurdity of ‘walking around in a place where the color line shifted under his feet.’ “Black and white were ‘fluid categories’ in New Bern….  Mixed couples and their children lived in peace in the town into […]

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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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Spiced Sweet Potatoes and Peaches from Love yourself cookbook : easy recipes for one or two. Perfect Spice Cake from Recipes for gourmet eating : a compilation of favorite tested recipes of housewives of Greenville and out of town friends. Hot and Spicy Peanuts from Columbus County cookbook II. Spiced Apple Muffins from Recipes for […]

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Like Google Books Ngram Viewer before it, Wedding Crunchers — a searchable database of New York Times wedding announcements — has obvious limitations for serious research. But what’s so bad about a few passing screenfuls of entertainment and provocation? Following up on last week’s look at how often the University of North Carolina and other […]

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Is anyone else surprised at the wide attention being given this account of the near-disaster over Goldsboro in 1961? Yes, it’s a scary-fascinating story, but other than the undeniable lure of “declassified documents” I’m not seeing much that Jessica Sedgwick didn’t cover quite nicely five years ago in her This Month in North Carolina History […]

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On this day in 1926: Thomas Wolfe and James Joyce share a tour bus visiting the battlefield at Waterloo but do not meet — Wolfe is too shy to say hello. He will write soulmate Aline Bernstein that he found the episode “insanely funny…. I sat on the back seat making idiot noises in my […]

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“Today Thomas Wolfe has largely fallen out of fashion, but to read him in the 1940s was a rite of passage for the sensitive young person, who found in the story of Eugene Gant all the loneliness, rage and yearning of American adolescence…. “As soon as he started reading Wolfe, Jack [Kerouac] was certain he […]

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Gaining Control of your Kitchen from College wife. Common Causes of Failure in Baking from Favorite recipes. Kitchen Hints from AsheVittles : favorite recipes from Asheville, North Carolina. Cutting Corn from Columbus County cookbook II. Helpful Hints on Vegetables from Dixie dishes. Frozen Foods from Favorite recipes. How to Clean a Conch from Columbus County […]

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In September 1940, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt came to the North Carolina/Tennessee border for the dedication of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. To mark the anniversary of this occasion, our September Artifact of the Month is a commemorative plate highlighting some of the park’s notable features. The plate, for which we have no date, depicts […]

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