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 - Cook Book

Summer Squash from Cook book.

Summer Spritz-Cooking with Berries

Summer Spritz from Cooking with berries.

Summer Garden Custard Pie - Mountain Country Cooking

Summer Garden Custard Pie from Mountain country cooking : a gathering of the best recipes from the Smokies to the Blue Ridge.

Summer Pie - Welkom

Summer Pie from Welkom : Terra Ceia cookbook III, a collection of recipes.

Summer Herbed Tomatoes-Good Eatin' from Duke Memorial

Summer Herbed Tomatoes from Good eatin’ from Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, Durham, North Carolina.

Summer Fruit Salad - Tarheels Cooking for Ronald's Kids

Summer Fruit Salad from Tarheels cooking for Ronald’s kids.

Summer Lime and Blueberry Fruit Tart - Mountain Elegance

Summer Lime and Blueberry Fruit Tart from Mountain elegance : a collection of favorite recipes.

“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, others of them pulled back by the hair of their heads; and others so rudely and violently treated that great numbers… were detered from voting.’”

– From “Voting in Provincial America: A Study of Elections in the Thirteen Colonies, 1689-1776″ by Robert J. Dinkin (1977)


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 the University Library Catalog and they are all available for use in the Wilson Special Collections Library.

“Then there’s [Little Rock, Ark., entrepreneur John Rogers'] rediscovery and purchase of over 8,000 glass negatives by the famed early sports photographer Charles Conlon, who shot some of the first ‘action’ sports photography between 1909 and 1930, capturing some of the most iconic images in history. Rogers, who calls Conlon ‘the Matthew Brady of baseball, had been a collector of Conlon prints for years, and set out to find the negatives in the late 2000s. They’d been used to create a book on Conlon by The Sporting News in 1993, but after that, they’d disappeared and nobody seemed to know where they were. ‘They thought maybe they were in a warehouse in North Carolina, or maybe in St. Louis,’ Rogers said.

“Through some detective work, Rogers eventually tracked them down to a warehouse in Charlotte, N.C. He remembers an old security guard leading him to a forgotten closet, where they had been unceremoniously buried under piles of junk. ‘They were down on the floor’” he said. ‘The boxes were water-damaged, and on top of them were coats, phone books, coats, phone books. It was like an archeological dig. He said they did a coat drive every year, and it was literally four years worth: coats and phone books, with the negatives at the bottom.’

“Those negatives, Rogers said, have since been appraised at $18 million.”

– From “John Rogers owns more photos than anyone, anywhere” by David Koon in the Arkansas Times (Oct. 10, 2012)

In recent years Rogers has bought and digitized dozens of newspaper photo archives, including those of the Charlotte Observer.



“The grainy, black-and-white footage, filmed in 1919 and 1920, documents what has become a classic psychology experiment, described again and again in articles and books. The idea is that the baby [in the experiment] was conditioned to be afraid, instilled with a phobia of all things furry.

“The man in the tie is John Watson, the father of behaviorism, a foundational figure in psychology, a Johns Hopkins University researcher [whose] legacy is forever entwined with the baby nicknamed Little Albert.

“The real identity of that baby has long intrigued students of psychology. Who was he? What happened to him? Did Watson really saddle the poor kid with a lifelong terror of animals?…

“Watson burned his papers before his death, leaving the curious without much to go on. Then, in 2009, Hall Beck, a professor of psychology at Appalachian State University, published a paper that shed new light on the case….

“What [Beck and his fellow researchers] found cast an even darker shadow over Watson’s flawed, ethically dubious experiment. The history of psychology would need to be rewritten…. No one would be able to look at the film, or think about Little Albert, in quite the same way again.

“That is, unless Beck got it wrong….”

On this day in 1945: Helen Keller, advocate of the disabled, arrives in Asheville for a five-day tour of service hospitals.

A Citizen-Times interviewer notes that Miss Keller’s secretary and companion, Polly Thomson, “turned to her and translated the reporter’s first question by touching the palm of Miss Keller’s hand with the tips of her fingers and speaking at the same time. The amazingly alert brain, behind eyes that have been sightless since she was two years old and shut in by ears that have detected no sound for the same period, was like a thirsty sponge, grasping so eagerly for the question that only a few key words were necessary to carry the complete thought.”


Was it serendipity? Or the hand of providence?

As the staff of the North Carolina Collection Gallery prepared for our exhibit on the Carolina Playmakers, we contended with a number of difficult decisions about what to include. With dozens and dozens of playbills from which to select, sometimes the choice came down to factors as arbitrary as color.

Whatever the reason for it, we’re glad we selected this 1942 playbill — and we’re not the only ones.

1942 playbill
The playwright of the second play on the bill, A Man’s Game, was Robert Schenkkan, a UNC student from Brooklyn, New York. The role of Countess Stephanie in A Man’s Game was played by the lovely young co-ed Jean McKenzie.

After graduating from UNC, Schenkkan and McKenzie were married and had a son named after Robert. Robert Jr. would go on to become a professional, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright.

Through a lucky twist of fate, a friend of the younger Schenkkan visited the exhibit and saw the older Schenkkan’s name on the playbill. Mr. Schenkkan contacted us and we were pleased to offer him a copy of his father’s play.

Is it any surprise that the third play on the bill is called The Hand of Providence?

Exhibit extended

The exhibit “Making a People’s Theatre: Proff Koch and the Carolina Playmakers” has been extended through June 15, 2014. Who knows — there may be a serendipitous surprise in store for you, too!

Masthead from Tarboro' press.

Tarboro’ press. (Tarborough, (Edgecombe Co., N.C.)), 12 Aug. 1848. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.

Last Friday, after 190 years, 2 months, and 5 days, the Daily Southerner of Tarboro ceased publication. The publication put down roots in Tarboro after editor and founder George Howard moved the paper from Halifax in 1826. North Carolina Historic Newspapers has digitized issues of the Tarboro’ Press (and its successors under different titles) from January 8, 1848 through December 22, 1876. These issues can be found on Chronicling America. Earlier issues of the Tarboro’ Press can be found on DigitalNC.

Over the course of its 190 years, the Daily Southerner covered all major wars, but also lesser known and long forgotten conflicts such as the Aegean Sea Anti-Piracy Operations of 1825-1828, the Second Seminole War of 1835-1842, and the Paraguay Expedition of 1859.

The world has changed in numerous ways since George Howard first began printing his paper in 1824, not the least of which is the dramatic evolution of technology. The Daily Southerner’s last communication was a tweet during the early afternoon on May 30.

“Of all the major American dialects, South Mouth is the most consistently difficult to translate.

“Among the most amusing examples is the expression a fade barn that the editors of the Dictionary of American Regional English tried to track down for a couple of years. The editors knew that the expression existed because field interviews had recorded it in North Carolina without establishing its meaning.

“When a Raleigh newspaper joined in the search, the answer was quickly apparent. Dozens of correspondents chided the editors for not knowing, in the words of one North Carolinian, that ‘a fade barn is whar you stow fade (feed) for the livestock.’”

– From “The Facts on File Dictionary of American Regionalisms”  by Robert Hendrickson (2000)


Earlier this week, we ran across New York Times article about Ida O’Keeffe, the younger sister of artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Intrigued by the mention of some time spent teaching in North Carolina, we did some investigating of our own.  O’Keeffe taught art at Pembroke State College (now University of North Carolina at Pembroke) during the 1941-1942 school year.

Ida O'Keeffe photo

A course catalog suggests O’Keeffe taught not only drawing and painting but also weaving, basketry, and art appreciation. She’s featured in the 1942 yearbook Lumbee Tattler as the art professor and as advisor of the art club.  We don’t know exactly how long O’Keeffe was at Pembroke, but by 1945 a different art professor is listed.

Ida pembroke art club

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