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On this day in 1927: High Point Mayor H.A. Moffit orders that all future public dances must stop at midnight. According to a dispatch in The Charlotte Observer, the mayor’s announcement followed “a series of four terpsichorean events staged in connection with the furniture exposition. The mayor made an exception . . . in order […]

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In May 1926, roughly 150 female textile mill workers from Charlotte and Gastonia paid a visit to President Calvin Coolidge in the White House. A photograph from their visit is our January Artifact of the Month. The newspaper accounts we’ve found don’t reveal how the visit was initiated, but they do tell us that the […]

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“Michael Behrent, history professor at App State, believes that the changes in how public universities are funded represent an ‘economic and political model that is hostile toward the very idea of public institutions’ — and one hostile to the teaching staff upon whose services it relies. Altha Cravey, a geography professor at UNC-CH… cites data […]

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On this day in 1918: A spinal meningitis quarantine shuts down Charlotte’s amusement places, churches, schools and public gatherings. The quarantine will be lifted after two weeks, but 10 months later the city is again quarantined, this time because of an epidemic of influenza.  

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“Bluff City BBQ opened last month — in a New York suburb. “And there’s Memphis Style BBQ Company. Location:  Seminole, Florida. “And there’s Porky J’s Memphis Style BBQ in San Antonio. “And there’s a restaurant chain called Memphis Barbecue Co. operating  in Fayetteville, North Carolina…. “There are, of course, other regional favorites such as Texas beef barbecue, […]

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On this day in 1862: Pvt. D.L. Day, Co. B, 25th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, writing in his diary at Hatteras Inlet: “Witnessing boat collisions and wrecks is getting old and the boys are amusing themselves by writing letters, making up their diaries, playing cards, reading old magazines and newspapers which they have read half a […]

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“Students at elite colleges are even richer than experts realized, according to a new study based on millions of anonymous tax filings and tuition records. “At 38 colleges in America, including five in the Ivy League – Dartmouth, Princeton, Yale, Penn and Brown – more students came from the top 1 percent of the income […]

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Bacon Snaps from Körner’s Folly cookbook. Bacon Roll-Ups from Heavenly delights. Japanese Bacon Wrapped Shrimp from Cooking on the cutting edge. Crunchy Bacon Coleslaw from Heavenly helpings, seasoned with love : recipes collected from great cooks past and present of White Oak Baptist Church, Archer Lodge, NC. Bacon Wrap-Ups from What’s cookin’? in 1822. Bacon Balls from Favorite recipes of the Carolinas : meats edition, including poultry […]

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“Woman’s College alumna Virginia Tucker ’30 [was] a trailblazer for the female mathematicians — known as ‘computers – highlighted in ‘Hidden Figures.’ “Tucker was one of five women to join the first human computer pool at Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory in 1935. “When World War II broke out, more women were recruited as computers to […]

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“GATESVILLE, N.C. — Gates County historian Linda Hofler pointed to a tiny place on the map where the boundary between North Carolina and Virginia turns just a little. “About a half-mile is all.  “ ‘It’s one of those quirks, and you wonder why in the world,’ said Hofler, who taught history in Gates County… for […]

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