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.”

Past Times

In Raleigh, WWII vets wanted to learn about the world

While many returning World War II servicemen took advantage of the G.I. bill to attend college, there were also veterans who needed to finish high school. In Raleigh, a program was established at Hugh Morson High School where classes were held for veterans each day from 4:15 until 9:45 p.m. in “all high school subjects for which there is a sufficient demand.” Writer Elizabeth Blalock reported in 1946 on the success of the fledgling program.

Past Times

Getting geared up for the 1941 NC State Fair

There’s a change in the air, and before we know it, it will be time for the N.C. State Fair. Even now, a whole crew of people is working to get the fair ready for us. In 1941, writer Louis H. Wilson described the flurry of activity around the fairgrounds.

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

Sen. Meredith: 'Sec. Hall is openly defying...the very plain language found in the NC Constitution' 1:08

Sen. Meredith: 'Sec. Hall is openly defying...the very plain language found in the NC Constitution'

Sen. Hise: 'We have reached a point that the executive branch is challenging the constitutional authority of the general assembly' 1:12

Sen. Hise: 'We have reached a point that the executive branch is challenging the constitutional authority of the general assembly'