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“On the same day the U.S. Treasury announced Andrew Jackson’s image would be removed from the front of the $20 bill, Congress moved a step closer toward declaring [James K.] Polk‘s Tennessee home a national treasure. “A bill that passed the U.S. Senate contains a provision directing the Interior Secretary to study the feasibility of […]

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It’s springtime and herbs are plentiful.  Why not use those herb gardens to make something tasty. Basil Butter from The Fearrington House cookbook : a celebration of food, flowers, and herbs. Herb Mayonnaise from Foods flavored for friends. Egg Casserole with Herbs from North Carolina bed & breakfast cookbook. Parsley Rice from The Pantry shelf : 1907-1982. A Quick Guide to Herb Use from Waldensian cookery. […]

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“My grandfather ate the Charlotte Observer. Regularly. The entire paper. I’m not making this up….” — From “Here’s one way to eat newsprint” by Walter Dellinger (letter to the editor of the Washington Post, April 8) h/t Michael Hill  

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“This winter, amid the news of the FBI’s arrest of the remaining occupiers of a national wildlife refuge in Oregon, another story unfolded more quietly in the Appalachians. At the heart of it were a small plant that plays a significant role in eastern mountain forests — American ginseng — and Billy Joe Hurley, a […]

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This month’s Artifact of the Month post illustrates our continuing fascination with objects related to tobacco marketing. (For prior evidence of this obsession, see posts about the Seal of North Carolina Plug Cut tobacco pouch, the Joe Camel holiday lighter, and the Duke Cigarettes tobacco cards.) Our April Artifact is a bumper sticker for the […]

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“When I drove into the parking lot of Replacements, Ltd., on the outskirts of Greensboro, North Carolina, I thought of a saying that Rosanne Cash attributes to her father, Johnny, who was an avid collector of rugs, china, linens, and furniture: ‘Every possession is just a stick to beat yourself with.’ There are many, many […]

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It’s Picnic Season!

This Saturday is National Picnic day so grab a blanket, a basket, and a friend and head out to your favorite picnic spot. Image from Kitchen kapers. Stuffed Picnic Rolls from Favorite recipes of the Carolinas : meats edition, including poultry and seafood. Delicious Picnic Ham from Heavenly delights. Springtime Fruit Delight from Company’s coming : a recipe collection from North Carolinians […]

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“During the civil-rights era, when local administrators across the South resisted desegregation and suppressed protests, business élites in Dallas and Charlotte pushed for moderation; Dallas had desegregated its downtown businesses by 1961, and Charlotte began desegregating public accommodations the year before the 1964 Civil Rights Act. “Those efforts, though, were driven by local businesses and […]

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“P.S. There is a poor, desperate, unhappy man staying at the Grove Park Inn. He is a man of great talent but he is throwing it away on drink and worry over his misfortunes. [Maxwell] Perkins thought if Mama went to see him and talked to him, it might do some good — to tell […]

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Edenton, N. C., Feb. 21 [1943] –(AP) — Banks, traditionally, have frequent holidays, but the employes of the Bank of Edenton are looking forward to a special sort of holiday. Vice President D. M. Warren has tacked up this sign in the bank: ‘We will be closed on the day of Hitler’s funeral. Thank God.’ […]

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