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1835 Constitutional Convention
by Jeffrey, Thomas E. 1835 Constitutional Convention Originally published as "It Needed to Change before the State Could Grow: The Constitutional Convention of 1835" by Thomas E. Jeffrey Reprinted with permission [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
18th-Century Hurricanes
by Ijames, Earl. According to the American Heritage Dictionary, a hurricane is a three-dimensional, severe tropical cyclone with sustained winds at or above 74 miles per hour. When these big storms strike, they [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
Airplane, First Flight of
by Parramore, Thomas C. At 10:35 a.m. on 17 Dec. 1903, the first powered flight of an airplane was made from the base of Kill Devil Hill, a sand dune four miles south of the village of Kitty Hawk on the Outer Banks. The [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Amadas and Barlowe Expedition
by Evans, Phillip W. The Amadas and Barlowe Expedition was the first of the English voyages to Roanoke Island in the 1580s and was one of Sir Walter Raleigh's attempts to establish a colony in the New World. The [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
America's Four Hundredth Anniversary
by Neville, John D. Between 1984 and 1987, North Carolina commemorated the quadricentennial of the attempts by Sir Walter Raleigh to colonize what are now the Outer Banks of North Carolina in the years between 1584 and [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
American Revolution Bicentennial Observance
by Williams, Wiley J. The American Revolution Bicentennial Observance in North Carolina in 1976 involved many different events and was preceded by several years of planning. A state agency, the North Carolina Bicentennial [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Augusta Conference
by Williams, Wiley J. In response to orders from King George III, the leaders of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia met with representatives of the southern Indians (Creek, Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Azalea Festival
by Stinson, Craig M. The North Carolina Azalea Festival is held every April in Wilmington as a celebration of the beauty of the abundant azalea flowers in the vicinity. In the 1930s Houston Moore, interested in the [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Bare Boxing Incident
by Powell, William S. The loose structure of government institutions in colonial North Carolina at times resulted in lapses of decorum that appear outrageous and humorous from a modern perspective. An early example of the [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Bassett Affair
by Johnson, Lloyd. The Bassett Affair significantly enhanced the ideal of academic freedom in North Carolina and the nation. The controversy involved Tarboro native John Spencer Bassett, who taught history at Trinity [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Better Baby Contests
by Pearson, Susan. Better Baby contests were held throughout the nation, including in North Carolina, during the early decades of the twentieth century. The contests were a part of both the larger infant welfare [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Bostian Bridge Train Wreck
by Moose, Bill. Bostian Bridge Train Wreck by Bill Moose, 2006 See also: Ghost Train of Bostian's Bridge (from Tar Heel Junior Historian) The Bostian Bridge train wreck occurred on 27 Aug. 1891, just west [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Cape Fear Valley Scottish Festival
by Williams, Wiley J. The Cape Fear Valley Scottish Festival, held in Fayetteville on 19-24 Nov. 1939, commemorated the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the Scottish Highlanders in the Cape Fear Valley as well as the [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Circuses
by Powell, William S. Circuses were considered by many to be both educational and entertaining when they began to appear in early nineteenth-century North Carolina. Along with dancing and the theater, the circus came to [...] (from Encyclopedia of North Carolina, University of North Carolina Press.)
Constitutional Convention, 1868: "Black Caucus"
by Ijames, Earl. During the antebellum era—the years leading up to the Civil War—North Carolina’s population of free people of color blossomed. This group included American Indians, African Americans, and Americans [...] (from Tar Heel Junior Historian, NC Museum of History.)
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