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UNC can count many popular musicians on its list of notable alumni. Among the very earliest is Hal Kemp, the big band leader of the 1920s and 30s who started his musical career at UNC and went on to achieve national fame. Kemp’s saxophone and clarinet are our December Artifacts of the Month. Kemp organized […]

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“I spent September, October and November, 1865, in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia…. “I judge, from the stories told to me by various persons, that my reception was something better than that accorded to the majority of Northern men traveling in that section…. “In one of the principal towns of Western […]

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“The China National Tobacco Corp. is by far the largest cigarette maker in the world. In 2013 it manufactured about 2.5 trillion cigarettes. Its next largest competitor, Philip Morris International, produced 880 billion. … “Last year, China National opened an office in suburban Raleigh to facilitate its growing purchases of American tobacco….. “A few years ago, a […]

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“Ministers from mainstream Southern denominations preached pro-war sermons, such as the one delivered by the Presbyterian minister in Dunn, North Carolina, in January 1918 and headlined in the Raleigh News & Observer: ‘Teutons Cannot Win, Proof from Bible.’ “Other Christians had different views. In March 1917, before the declaration of war, a group of ministers […]

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Curious about how often the New York Times has referred to “Tar Heel” over the past century and a half, I applied the Chronicle tool and was surprised to see a prominent spike in 1970. A big year for politics in North Carolina, perhaps? Or sports? Nope. Of the 73 citations I found — only […]

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A Heritage Recipe Chili and Beans from A Taste of the old and the new. Soybean Chili from The Progressive farmer’s southern cookbook. Chicken Chili from Nightingales in the kitchen. White Chili from Count our blessings : 75 years of recipes and memories / Myers Park Presbyterian Church. Sherman’s “You’ll Need a Zantac” Chili from […]

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  In 1889, Mr. E. J. Stephenson made an arduous journey from Henderson, North Carolina to Newark, New Jersey via bicycle. At times, Stephenson was unable to ride his bike and resorted to walking along dusty and bumpy roads, sometimes for twenty to thirty miles. At one point, the roads would have been so difficult […]

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“Sara Dylan answered the door, gave me a blank look, and closed the door. About two minutes later Bob Dylan himself appeared and stepped out onto the small porched entry. He wore blue jeans, a white shirt buttoned all the way up and a black leather vest, and he was very friendly and relaxed. ” […]

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