Past Times

Past Times

Symphony conductor was a man of many talents

A historical marker on Person Street near the Governor’s Mansion honors Raleigh native Lamar Stringfield. A Pulitzer Prize winning composer, Stringfield helped organize the North Carolina Symphony and served as its first conductor. He also composed the music for Paul Green’s “The Lost Colony.” In 1949, writer Mae Finch visited Stringfield in his Charlotte home/workshop and found quite an interesting character.

Past Times

Sir Walter Cabinet has its own traditions

For more than a hundred years, the opening of each legislative session has coincided with the reconvening of the Sir Walter Cabinet, comprised of spouses of elected state officials. In 1965, writer Meredith Council took a look at the origins of the organization.

Past Times

Thanksgiving spirit thrived in uncertain times

In 1939, when President Franklin Roosevelt decided to move Thanksgiving Day from the last Thursday in November to the fourth Thursday, North Carolina was having none of it. Governor Hoey announced that he decided it would be “unwise” to change the date, and so it was determined that North Carolinians would “observe Thanksgiving this year on the same date they have had the holiday for 75 years – the last Thursday in November.”

Videos

Scenes from the National Hollerin' Contest

Watch a 2009 video from VisitNC showing scenes from the National Hollerin' Contest in Spivey's Corner, NC.
Photo from the News & Observer, Video from VisitNC
Scenes from the National Hollerin' Contest 2:30

Scenes from the National Hollerin' Contest

FDR dedicates Great Smoky Mountains National Park 0:42

FDR dedicates Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Kentucky’s Calipari and players talk UNC, Justin Jackson, Dean Smith and Archie Miller 7:49

Kentucky’s Calipari and players talk UNC, Justin Jackson, Dean Smith and Archie Miller

Tar Heels look to upcoming game with Kentucky 31:55

Tar Heels look to upcoming game with Kentucky