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Archive for June, 2014

As droves of Tar Heels take to the road this summer in search of cool North Carolina mountain air, we are thinking about what this trip would have been like 150 years ago. As it turns out, it would have likely meant traveling on a plank road. Think of a plank road as a wooden […]

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How many professors have represented North Carolina in the House or Senate? This somewhat imprecise list compiled by the Chronicle of Higher Education says 11, each of whom taught at a different college — including of course UNC Chapel Hill.  

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from Favorite recipes of the Carolinas : meats edition, including poultry and seafood. Grilled Garlic Steak from Supper’s at six and we’re not waiting! Grilled Corn on the Cob from Carolina cuisine : a collections of recipes. Genghis Khan from Marion Brown’s southern cook book. Grilled Zucchini with Mint, Chile Oil, and Toasted Pine Nuts […]

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Does anybody remember when it was Hammer Time at the Dean Dome? Looking through some of the digitized copies of the Yackety Yack available on DigitalNC, one of the things that struck me was that, beginning shortly after its opening in 1986, the Dean E. Smith Center was one of the premier concert venues in […]

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When Ellen Douglas Brownlow asked the former Civil War general in 1870 for a lock of his hair as a keepsake, he would not have considered it a strange request. In fact, it was common in the Victorian era for friends to exchange a cutting of human hair. Civil War soldiers often left some of […]

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On this day in 1824: In an ad in the Star of Raleigh, tailor James J. Selby offers a $10 reward for the return of two apprentices: “RAN AWAY from the Subscriber, on the night of the 15th instant, two apprentice boys, legally bound, named WILLIAM and ANDREW JOHNSON. The former is of a dark […]

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“….One of the ‘papers,’ as they called them in the big Cambridge exam, was on the period from 1569 to 1603. In the course of immersing myself in that brief period, I read the poetry of Sir Walter Ralegh, which amazed me — really amazed me. I couldn’t understand how someone in the 1590s had […]

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Though it’s felt like the middle of summer for the last two weeks, summer doesn’t officially start until this Saturday, June 21.  Here are a few recipes to get you in a summer time mood. Summer Squash from Cook book. Summer Spritz from Cooking with berries. Summer Garden Custard Pie from Mountain country cooking : […]

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“In Regulator-controlled Anson County, North Carolina, during the balloting in 1773, ‘sundry evil-disposed persons’ stationed themselves several feet in front of the courthouse and stopped ‘the freeholders on their way to the Table,’ asking ‘who they intended to vote for.’ “Those who opposed the Regulator candidates were ‘obstructed and hindered…some them being violently pushed back, […]

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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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