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Archive for December, 2019

If your jam band has been touring (with a couple of breaks) since 1983, you generate mountains of merch.  But I particularly like this sticker from Phish‘s  2018 performance at the Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek (mouthful!) in Raleigh.

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“If you look at a book on trees or on Wikipedia, it will say that the [American chestnut] blight was first spotted in 1904, or came over ‘ca. 1900,’ through certain Long Island nursery men, but I found old newspaper clippings suggesting… that the blight had begun much earlier, either right before or right after […]

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“Ramps are wild onions that Native Americans have harvested for thousands of years. They’re also a staple ingredient in traditional Southern Appalachian kitchens. Over the last several years, the bold-tasting green has become wildly popular among foodies, apt to appear on the menu of a trendy restaurant or bunched at farmers’ markets. “[Forest resource specialist […]

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Billy Graham held crusades in London in 1954, 1955, 1966 and 1989. I believe this postcard-size handout promoting his daily newspaper column was tied to his week-long 1955 appearance  at Wembley Stadium. .

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Nicely detailed! But I’m guessing Raleigh and Charlotte didn’t include hillbilly knickknacks in their Amazon swag bags boxes.  

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“The Tar Heel State is the intertidal zone of the linguistic South: Overwhelming forces wash in and out, but weird, fascinating little tide pools remain….” — From “Why North Carolina Is the Most Linguistically Diverse U.S. State… But it might not be that way for much longer” by Dan Nosowitz at Atlas Obscura (Dec. 11) […]

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“A period of renewed interest in flight culminated with Charles A. Lindbergh’s nonstop flight from New York to Paris in 1927. The increased flight activity of the late 1920s encouraged recognition of the Wright Brothers. “At the local level North Carolinians, led by W. O. Saunders, editor of the Elizabeth City Independent, organized the Kill […]

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“In 1948, an entrepreneur named Walter Thompson from the tiny coastal town of Swansboro, North Carolina, decided to take hushpuppies nationwide. He concocted a ready-mix blend of cornmeal, flour, and seasoning, packaged it in pasteboard tubes, and branded it Thompson’s Fireside Hushpuppy Mix. ‘Just add water,’ the label promised. ‘A delightfully different Southern hot bread.’ […]

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Several new titles were 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 […]

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“Mr. J.W. Stephenson, a native of Winston-Salem, has for many years given his entire time and attention to the war on King Rat, working in some of the largest cities in the country and being present during the memorable fight on rats in New Orleans when the city was forced to kill all the rats […]

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