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Archive for July, 2006

Recently, I attempted to give a short geography lesson to a new resident of North Carolina. As we were discussing the locations of various counties and cities, I was reminded of how many towns and cities were not in the county one would suspect. To name a few…. Davidson (town) is not in Davidson County…it […]

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Shagging

The latest Independent Weekly has an article on the renaissance of beach music and dancing, in particular, the shag. The article points out several places in the Triangle where people gather to dance in the style that originated in Myrtle Beach in the 1940s, but neglected to mention a particularly important one: Wilson Library. Year […]

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This older view of Fayetteville Street has a postmark dating it at 1912. When the road is opened back up to traffic, I hope the horse-drawn carriages will return.

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The NASCAR section of the North Carolina Collection is one of the fastest growing areas in the library, with one of the latest additions being Pit Road Pets: NASCAR Stars and Their Pets. Yellow labs look to be the most popular among the pets shown here, though my favorite is Stacy Compton’s pet goat, Billie. […]

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Now that Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street is about to be returned to glory, I decided to take look through the North Carolina Collection’s postcard collection to find images of the street in the past. This great postcard shows Fayetteville Street in livelier days. The postcard is not dated, but I’m guessing that it would have been […]

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Blackbeard

Last Sunday’s New York Times Book Review ran reviews of a couple of new children’s books on colonial North Carolina’s most famous temporary resident: Blackbeard. I couldn’t help but notice that the illustration that ran with the reviews showed the one of the most notorious and curious aspects of the pirate’s appearance — the matches […]

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I’ve been perusing the new NASCAR Encyclopedia, and learning quite a bit. Of the eight races held in 1949, NASCAR’s first year, three were in North Carolina. Charlotte and North Wilkesboro hosted races, which seemed about right, but the third, I was surprised to read, was in Hillsborough. It’s hard to imagine the small, picturesque […]

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During much of North Carolina’s colonial period, the capital of the colony depended on where the governor lived—and that was wherever he wanted to reside. In the 1750s, however, colonial governor Arthur Dobbs attempted to establish a permanent capital on land that he owned in Johnston County (now northeastern Lenoir County). In 1758 the legislature […]

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Carolina Parakeet

There was a story in Monday’s Greensboro News & Record about Carole Boston Weatherford’s new book, The Carolina Parakeet: America’s Lost Parrot in Art and Memory (Avian Publications, 2005). Weatherford traces the history and decline of North America’s only native parakeet. The Conuropsis carolinensis was once common throughout the eastern United States and is depicted […]

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Barbecue Park

I was excited to read about the new “Barbecue Park” proposed for Rocky Mount. I think that the park should emblazon the immortal words of William Byrd of Westover over the entrance: “The only business here is raising of hogs, which is managed with the least trouble, and affords the diet they are most fond […]

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