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1. What is the largest city in North Carolina not named for a person? 2. Which has the greater population – Fayetteville, Ark., or Fayetteville, N.C.? 3. Which Wilmington has the greater population, North Carolina’s or Delaware’s? 4. What is the largest “City” in North Carolina? 5. Name the three largest “-boros” in North Carolina. […]

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Several new titles just added to “New in the North Carolina Collection.” To see the full list simply click on the link in the entry or click on the “New in the North Carolina Collection” tab at the top of the page. As always, full citations for all the new titles can be found in […]

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On this day in 1934: Primo Carnera, the only Italian ever to hold the world heavyweight boxing title, stops for supper at the Charlotte Tourist Camp. Carnera, who weighs 260 pounds, finishes off 6 ham sandwiches, 6 fried eggs, 6 raw eggs and 4 bottles of beer. He tells fans he is “touring the country” […]

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“On a trip through the North Carolina mountains in 1878, Virginia newspaper editor James Cowardin found himself surrounded by thousands of pigs. ‘Hogs were before us and behind us, and both to the right and to the left of us,’ Cowardin wrote. ‘There was whipping and shouting and twisting and turning’ as the swineherds yelled, […]

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It’s a great year for blueberry crops and North Carolina is a top 10 producer.  Go to your favorite grocery store, farmers market, or road side stand, grab some blueberries, and get cookin’! Blueberry Basil Cornmeal Waffles from North Carolina bed & breakfast cookbook. Blueberry Betty from Historic Moores Creek cook book : a collection of old and […]

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“I had first encountered [Dorton Arena] in an architecture class, where my professor waxed poetic about this dramatic modern building, noting that had its designer, Matthew Nowicki, not been killed in a plane crash, he would have become one of the outstanding avant-garde architects of the 20th century…. “Nowicki’s Raleigh pavilion bears positive comparison with […]

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“Although racial prejudice existed in the upper Midwest before the Civil War, it was compensated for to a degree by the availability of new land or recently partitioned and inexpensive land. Interestingly, many of western Wisconsin’s earliest black settlers came as extended free family units that had been encouraged to leave North Carolina, and these […]

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“After Durham the sun came out and shone heavily down upon the worst roads in the world….If you can imagine an endless rocky gully, rising frequently in the form of unnavigable mounds to a slope of sixty degrees,  a gully covered with from an inch to a foot of grey water mixed with solemn soggy […]

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Ideas about what constitutes portability have changed dramatically over the past 150 years. One piece of evidence for this (extremely non-controversial) claim is our July Artifact of the Month, a 19th-century lap desk. Lap desks, popular in the 19th-century, enabled their owners to do their writing on the go. A lap desk provided an expansive […]

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“Through the ’50s and well into the ’60s, African-Americans bought the Green Book [The Negro Motorist Green Book: An International Travel Guide] and other guides. But just being on the highway could be a frightening experience. “In the summer of 1960, Irene Staple’s parents drove her to Anniston, Ala., to give her a look at […]

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