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Pinbacks of Wily Mo Pena and Stan Hough

Off and on since the early 1900s, Greensboro has fielded numerous minor-league baseball teams, such as the Patriots, Hornets, Bats and most recently Grasshoppers.

These stadium souvenirs date to 2000, when Stan Hough was manager and Wily Mo Pena an 18-year-old outfielder on his way to the majors.
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Silk scarf with map of North Carolina containing errors

Detail of silk scarf showing farmers planting full grown cotton

Silk scarf detail showing Lake Talasee. There appears to be no such lake in N.C.

Several misspellings and map errors – and why do the farmers seem to be planting cotton rather than seed? – but this yard-square scarf surely deserves points for ambition and range. No date or other info on the tag – maybe 1950s?

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Poster that includes a photograph of Bob Dylan and reads "Cricket Arena, Sunday, February 10th, 8pm, in show and concert, Bob Dylan and His Band, In person."

“The crowd of at least 5,000 welcomed the new and old Dylan, dressed in a dark suit and white cowboy hat. The show was general admission, so hundreds of people packed the arena floor, some dancing and others sitting along the perimeter nodding their heads appreciatively.

“Dylan’s influence on music is undeniable, from his political folk songs of the early ’60s to his electrified folk-rock of the mid-’60s. Sunday’s show attracted a range of fans representing his impact, from hippie throwbacks dancing next to tie-dye Phish fans to yuppies with young children….”

— From “Band steals show as Dylan delights fans of all ages” by Tonya Jameson in the Charlotte Observer (Feb. 11, 2002)

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 in the University Library Catalog, and all titles are available for use in the Wilson Special Collections Library.

Poster with photograph of Buck Leonard that reads "Buck Leonard 90th Birthday Celebration"

“Back when he was a boy in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Leonard would watch white teams play through a hole in the fence….

“There was no high school in Rocky Mount for blacks, so young Leonard shined shoes, until, like his father, he could become a railroad man. Only when he lost his job in the Depression did he turn to baseball to try to make a living. Soon he was playing for the famous Negro League champions, the Homestead Grays of Pittsburgh…”

— From “A Long Toss Back to the Heyday of Negro League Baseball” by Frank Deford in Smithsonian magazine (November 2013)
Leonard died less than three months after seeing his birthday celebrated by his hometown. Still around, however: Buck Leonard Boulevard, Buck Leonard Park, a Buck Leonard exhibit at the Imperial Centre and the Buck Leonard Association for Sports & Human Enrichment.

Pinback button that shows Charlotte skyline and reads "The Democratic Party of Arkansas presents, a party two decades in the making, featuring President Bill Clinton, D92 D12, Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, September 4, 2012"Pretty busy from a design standpoint, but this 3-inch button does have a lot of information to impart – plus a showy shot of the Charlotte skyline!
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Wood paddle shaped like a spoon with three holes in round part.

This oak paddle was used for corporal punishment by an unnamed principal at St. Stephens Elementary School (1933-2001) in Hickory, likely in the 1960s. Seventeen inches long with three drilled holes to reduce drag and thus increase sting. Shows use.

Previous owner believed it had been crafted from schoolroom furniture made by Southern Chair of Hickory, once billed as the world’s largest manufacturer of institutional furniture but later swallowed by Drexel Heritage and subsequent buyers.

Newspaper rack card that reads, "Billy Graham Crusade, Special Keepsake Section, Tuesday, October 1, 1996
“Billy Graham may have paved the way for rock concerts at Ericsson [now Bank of America] Stadium.

“After dismantling equipment for Graham’s Carolinas crusade, officials found the field in good condition, alleviating a major concern about holding nonfootball events at the stadium….

“For organizers, the extra time and money it took to convert Ericsson was well worth it….In three offerings the crusade brought in more than $800,000, and 305,400 people attended the four-day crusade.”

— From “Stadium held up well under crusade” by Ky Henderson in the Charlotte Observer (Oct. 1, 1996)

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Pennant reading "Asheville Rhododendron Festival."

“The Rhododendron Festival was started in June 1928 by the Chamber of Commerce to bring more tourism to Asheville and lasted until 1942 when the U.S. went to war. At its height it was a weeklong event featuring a parade every day, beauty pageants and upscale balls….

“It was also designed to showcase the rich traditions of southern Appalachia…. Bascom Lamar Lunsford of Mars Hill was the principal organizer of the Appalachian music events and successfully spun off the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival….

“The festival crowned a King and Queen of Rhododendron, a mythical fairyland built in the baseball diamond at McCormick Field…. Dogs and livestock were also paraded around and judged….”

— From “The Rhododendron Festival”  by Cliff Mori at brew-ed.com

Asheville historian Nan Chase notes that the festival “started during a period people were so destitute that men were hunting squirrels in town for food and picking up coal along the railroad tracks to sell. I call it a ‘pageant of hope.’ “

Chase also happened onto an early mention of Billie Burke – later Glinda the Good Witch in “The Wizard of Oz” — tap-dancing at a festival pageant atop the Grove Arcade.

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Pinback that reads "Pat McCrory,City Council at Large."

These two pinbacks bookend the political career (so far) of Pat McCrory. In 1989 as a Republican newcomer he was elected to an at-large seat on Charlotte City Council, which led first to 14 years as mayor and then to a single, HB2-marred term as governor.

Anti-McCrory pinback that reads "Flush McCrory and the GOP" and shows a toilet.

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