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“The Compromise of 1877 ended Reconstruction, sealed the alliance between Northern and Southern conservatives and ratified the shifting emphasis of Northern policy from the political and missionary to the economic and exploitative….. “Northern capital could not have moved so swiftly through the South had it not been for the collaboration of Southern business elites. The […]

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On this day in 1833: The Star and North Carolina Gazette newspaper quotes the New York Evening Star’s praise of Gov. David Swain’s recent address to the legislature: “The spirit of frankness with which Gov. Swain impugns the torpid inaction of the legislative deliberations of the State for the last half century induces us to […]

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On this day in 1838: English actress Frances Anne “Fanny” Kemble, traveling by stagecoach from Philadelphia to Georgia, records her impressions: “North Carolina is, I believe, the poorest state in the Union. . . . The few detached houses on the road were mean and beggarly in their appearance; and the people whom we saw […]

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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 1929: Touting his program to make N.C. agriculture more diverse and self-sufficient during the coming hard times, Gov. O. Max Gardner invites newspaper editors to a “Live at Home” dinner at the Executive Mansion. Among menu items: oysters from Hyde County, scuppernong juice from the Coastal Plain Test Farm at Willard, […]

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“Page Putnam Miller, director of the National Coordinating Committee for the Protection of History, pointed out that in 1993 only 3 percent of the 2,000 national historic landmarks in the United States focused on women…. “According to a 1995 study by the Colorado Historical Society, ‘No markers interpret women or women’s experience in Colorado,’ no […]

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There’s a national food day for everything.  This is definitely in the top 10 favorite list. Frances Chocolate Logs from Peace cookbook. Chocolate Balls from Carolina cuisine : a collections of recipes. Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Crackers from Company’s coming : a recipe collection from North Carolinians who enjoy company coming. Grandma’s 13-Layer Chocolate Cake […]

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Where can you find North Pole resident Santa Claus fraternizing with a lion and a puma? Only on this souvenir decal from Santa’s Land Park and Zoo in Cherokee, NC. The undated decal, our December Artifact of the Month, gives us Santa-as-cultural-icon, as opposed to Santa-as-symbol-of-Christmas. Aside from Mr. Claus, nothing in the image is […]

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“The price African American owners of property along bodies of water (or places that would become bodies of water) paid for the South’s ‘progress’ in the decades following the death of Jim Crow was, quite often, their land…. “The U.S. Corps of Engineers began drawing up plans for the creation of Jordan Lake, which would […]

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Whether you’re hosting 5 or 50, here’s a few recipes and tips to help you with those holiday parties. Party Cheese Volcano from Company’s coming : a recipe collection from North Carolinians who enjoy company coming. Food Quantities for Serving 25, 50, and 100 People from Columbus County cookbook II. Party-wise Spiced Apple Juice from […]

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