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Archive for January, 2014

“On a warm September evening in 1959, a young African American pianist and contralto dazzled a packed crowd at the Town Hall in New York City with her improvised versions of jazz ballads, folk songs, spirituals, pop tunes Broadway musicals and piano riffs with a Bach motif. Her recordings earlier that summer had take the […]

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“The most fascinating example of the term’s mid-1910s usage, and the one that best illustrates the still unformalized nature of the term ‘hillbilly,’ is the monthly literary magazine written and published beginning in 1914 by students at Asheville High School in North Carolina, simply entitled ‘The Hillbilly.’ “One might expect a cartoonish mountaineer with a […]

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Hot and Spicy Mexican Dip from Mountain elegance : a collection of favorite recipes. Fried Okra with Indian Spices and Hot Tomato Relish from Cooking in the moment : a year of seasonal recipes. Hot Curried Fruit from Good eatin’ from Duke Memorial United Methodist Church, Durham, North Carolina. 5-Spice Chicken from Mario tailgates NASCAR style. Spicy Toasted Pecans from The Outer Banks cookbook : […]

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When freezing temperatures dig in, as they did last week and undoubtedly will again before this winter is through, it’s helpful to remember that we’re not the first generation of North Carolinians to know what ice looks like. Our January Artifact of the Month is a pair of ice skates that belonged to Pittsboro native […]

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On this day in 1991: Paul Hardin, chancellor of UNC Chapel Hill, announces that “The Student Body,” a bronze sculpture labeled racist and sexist by some students, will be moved to a less conspicuous site after being vandalized. Four of the seven figures have provoked heated opposition: a black man in a basketball uniform spinning […]

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“As North Carolina Democrats go to the polls this Saturday to pick a candidate for United States Senate, the politicians here will be looking for the first clue to the political impact on the South of the Supreme Court’s ruling against public school segregation.” — From “North Carolina Poll Will Be First Hint of South’s […]

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The first president to have his picture taken in the White House was Mecklenburg native James K. Polk. The photographer could have caught him on a better day. In his diary for February 14, 1849, Polk complained about having to deal with office-seekers all morning: “I have great contempt for such persons and dispose of […]

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The U.S. Navy Pre-Flight School at UNC was about a year old when Cadet Ted Williams arrived in Chapel Hill in May 1943. The campus was the second stop in his year long effort to earn the wings of a Marine aviator. As Williams biographer Leigh Montville writes, Williams and his Boston Red Sox teammate […]

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“[Carson] McCullers’ first novel was written thanks to a pact with her husband, Reeves, whom she married in 1937. The newlyweds — she was 20, he 24 — both aspired to be writers, so they struck a deal: One of them would work full-time and earn a living for the couple while the other wrote; […]

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Waking up to 9 degree weather is not something we North Carolinians understand, but we do know the best way to combat this Polar Vortex.  Time to get out those crock-pots and dutch ovens.  Soup and chili, it’s what’s for dinner. Winter Warmup Meal from Buffet Benny’s family cookbook : recipes, stories & poems from the Appalachian […]

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