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On this day in 1918:  Gov. Thomas Bickett warns wartime slackers that “I have instructed our police officials to rigidly enforce vagrancy laws. All men . . . who refuse to work five days in the week, after having been given notice by the County Council of National Defense, should be prosecuted . . . […]

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Every artifact tells a story. One of the most dramatic stories represented by one of our artifacts is the story associated with our June Artifact of the Month: Elisha Mitchell’s pocket watch. Elisha Mitchell was a professor of geology, mineralogy, and chemistry at UNC in the 19th century. In 1828 he observed a peak in […]

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Image from Kitchen kapers. Strawberry Jam from The country gourmet cookbook. Muscadine Jelly from The Progressive farmer’s southern cookbook. Sassafras Jelly from Red’s cook book : (road kill not included). Marmalade from The Farmville cook book. Bar Le Duc Jelly from Dixie dishes. No-Cook Blueberry Jam from Pass the plate : the collection from Christ […]

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“From 1929 to the mid-1970s, North Carolina sterilized about 7,600 people in the nation’s most aggressive program of its kind. It was all in the name of eugenics, a coin termed by Francis Galton to describe efforts to ‘improve or impair the racial quality of future generations.’ The program stopped as opinions began to shift […]

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If your web browsing has included perusal of yearbooks or newspapers from North Carolina colleges and universities, then you likely have seen the work of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. Its mission includes scanning and publishing online materials from cultural heritage institutions throughout North Carolina. The center and its hardworking staff are headquartered in […]

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On this day in 1931: To mark the opening of its first Charlotte drugstore, Walgreen offers 50 customers free rides in a Sikorsky twin-engine amphibian — said to be the first company-owned and -operated aircraft in the U.S. “See Charlotte from the air,” the ad urges. “You’ll get a a great thrill — you’ll feel […]

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I just noticed on eBay a 1946 edition of the rare, important and viscerally affecting “The Negro Motorist Green Book: An International Travel Guide” (1936-1964). As noted here almost six years ago by Jason Tomberlin, the North Carolina Collection is holding shelf space open for its first copy. Current bid: $999.99. Final price: $4,551.99  

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