Political and historical collectors gather in Greensboro

Sharing a plug for the annual Greensboro show of the American Political Items Collectors (of which I am a member):

“More than 50 tables of political buttons, campaign posters, presidential souvenirs, advertising pinbacks, Civil War militaria, vintage photographs, postcards, anti-war, social justice, women’s suffrage, sports, and cause-related, and pop culture collectibles will be available to buy and trade.

“Free appraisals of historical items by experts. Open to the public. General admission $3, kids and students free.”

The show is Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wyndham Garden Greensboro Hotel.


New in the collection: Country Doctor Museum tag

Front license plate reading "Bailey, Home of the Country Doctor Museum."Bailey, a town of 500-plus in Nash County, has been the museum’s home since its founding in 1967 by Josephine E. Newell, seventh in a line of country doctors. In 2003, however, local volunteers turned over stewardship to the Medical Foundation of East Carolina University.

Mecklenburg County has its own – much smaller — Mint Hill Country Doctor’s Museum. 


New in the collection: Replacements, Ltd. vs. HB2

Pinback with Stop HB2 and created by Replacements Ltd.
For months, an electronic billboard on Interstate 40-85 east of Greensboro said ‘Repeal HB2.’
“Now that House Bill 2 has been repealed and replaced by a new state law, the billboard’s message has also been replaced: ‘Never Compromise On Civil Rights.’
“The billboard is owned by Bob Page, the outspoken CEO of Replacements, Ltd., a company that sells old and new china, silver and other collectibles.
“Page, who is gay, is a vocal supporter of LGBT rights and has used billboards to broadcast his message to the thousands of passing cars on the busy Guilford County freeway.”

— From “ ‘Never Compromise On Civil Rights,’ says billboard blasting HB2 deal” by Colin Campbell in the News & Observer (April 18, 2017)


Read more here: https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article145113099.html#storylink=cpy

New in the collection: Pinback from MLK visit to Raleigh

Pinback for Martin Luther King visit to Reynolds Coliseum

“Nearly forgotten, Dr. King spoke in Raleigh to an integrated audience of about 5,000 at Reynolds Coliseum at 4 p.m. on July 31, 1966. A counter-protest began two hours earlier with speeches at Memorial Auditorium and continued with a march by members from two factions of the Ku Klux Klan….

“King spoke against ‘Black supremacy’ in Raleigh because Stokely Carmichael had stirred crowds just weeks before in Mississippi by repeating violent declarations of  ‘Black Power.’ He also declared. ‘The Negro needs the white man to save him from his fear, and the white man needs the Negro to save him from his guilt.’ ”

— From “When MLK and the KKK met in Raleigh” by W. Jason Miller in the News & Observer (April 3, 2018)


Check out what’s new in the North Carolina Collection

Several new titles were 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 all titles are available for use in the Wilson Special Collections Library.