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New Items added from the Central Children’s Home of North Carolina

Front Cover of Report

Front cover of the report for The Colored Orphanage of North Carolina during 1942 – 1943.

Digital NC is excited to announce new materials from our new partner, Central Children’s Home of North Carolina. The new items include reports from the Board of Directors for The Colored Orphanage of North Carolina from the 1940s to the 1970s. The reports include information about local organizations donating to support the orphanage, a list of staff, school enrollment, and a summary of the activities.

Currently, the Central Children’s Home offers services for youth ages 9 – 21 providing residential care for children and young adults in need for over 100 years.

Special thanks to the Central Children’s Home of North Carolina for making this possible. To learn more about our new partner, Central Children’s Home of North Carolina, visit them here.

To see more materials in our NC memorabilia collection, visit us here.

Note of Thanks and New Issues of The Norlina Headlight

On this day of thanks, the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to our partners and site visitors for another phenomenal year. However you decide to observe the fourth Thursday in November, the NCDHC hopes that your day is filled with great food, remembrance, reflection and community.


Thanks to funding from the State Library of North Carolina’s LSTA Grant and our partner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, for additional issues of The Norlina Headlight which are now available to view on our website. This batch, spanning 1925 to 1927, brings DigitalNC’s total number of issues to 401.

If you’re looking for a new recipe to add to your table this week, the November 18, 1927 Thanksgiving issue of The Norlina Headlight has you covered. Fans of pineapple and ham on pizza should try Nellie Maxwell’s baked pineapple and ham recipe. Simply take a slice of baked pineapple and serve it with a helping of baked ham. If you prefer to have a sauce, however, Maxwell suggests mixing pineapple juice, ham liquor, and a bit of flour together to serve with your baked ham.

To learn more about the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, please visit their website.

To view all issues of The Norlina Headlight, please click here.

To view more newspapers from across North Carolina, please click here.

10 Cozy Autumn Recipes from the Archives

Celebrate autumn with these warm and hearty recipes pulled straight from the archives!

1. Old Fashion Pecan Pie

Clipping from high school periodical, resumes (1977)

[Columbia High School, Swamproots, 1977]

2. Chili Con Carne

Recipe from society cook book, soups

[Farmington Ladies Aid Society, Farmington Cook Book: Right and Ready Recipes, 1924]

3. Gingerbread Cake

Clipping from community scrapbook, cake recipes

[Little River Home Demonstration Club, Scrapbook, 1959-1960]

4. Rum Balls

Newspaper clipping, The News-Record (Marshall, N.C.), rum balls recipe

[The News-Record (Marshall, N.C.), 1982]

5. Hearty Vegetable Noodle Soup

Newspaper clipping, hearty vegetable noodle soup recipe

[The Carolina Times (Durham, N.C.), 1983]

6. Old-Fashioned Beef Soup

Newspaper clipping, Winston-Salem, beef soup recipe

[Winston-Salem Chronicle (Winston-Salem, N.C.), 1979]

7. Corn Fritters

Newspaper clipping, The Independent, corn fritter recipe

[The Independent (Elizabeth City, N.C.), 1935]

8. Grilled Corn in Husks

Newspaper clipping, Carolinian, corn recipe

9. Spiced Figs

Newspaper clipping, Pamlico, spiced figs recipe

[The Pamlico News (Bayboro, N.C.), 1983]

10. Mulled Cider

Newspaper clipping, Chowan herald, mulled cider recipe

[The Chowan Herald (Edenton, N.C.), 1963]

Cape Hatteras School Student Magazines Now Available on DigitalNC

Cover page of the Sea Chest magazine in Red writing with blue art of a figure walking towards a boat.

Sea Chest, 1976 Special Bicentennial Edition

A new batch of 23 publications of the school magazine from Cape Hatteras School (now Cape Hatteras Secondary School) dating back from 1973 to 2000 has been digitized and made available on DigitalNC, courtesy of our partner, the Dare County Library.

The Sea Chest is a magazine written by students at Cape Hatteras School . While learning about journalism and everyday skills, the students use the publication as a way to document and preserve North Carolina coast culture. They would do this through their articles, interviews with community members, and photographs.
To learn more about the Dare County Library, you can find more information by visiting their partner page or taking a look at their website.

The Pilot in “The Pilot” and More From Person County Public Library

A sepia photo of a white church with a group of people talking in groups out front

From The Pilot, June 27, 1984

Four newspapers (including two new titles) from the Person County Public Library have been added to our site along with a brochure about historic Hillsboro. The newspapers in this batch include a special issue of Southern Pines’ The Pilot celebrating the bicentennial of Moore County, most of the 2011 issues of The Courier-Times from Roxboro (some born digital), one issue of the Sampson Independent from 1995, and a few issues of Roxboro’s The News Leader from 1979.

One of the delights of the bicentennial edition of The Pilot is that it is full of little tidbits of Moore County history. One blurb celebrates the legacy of Flora Macdonald, the folk hero who helped Charles escape from Scotland after the Jacobite Rebellion. After she was imprisoned in the Tower of London and pardoned, she immigrated with her family to North Carolina (hence Flora Macdonald College, now St. Andrews University, in Laurinburg). According to this article, some residents of Moore County can claim her as an ancestor. 

A photo of Amelia Earhart in a jumpsuit, in a field, walking toward the camera

From The Pilot, June 27, 1984

Another legendary figure who makes a guest appearance in The Pilot (joke unintentional) is Amelia Earhart. Earhart visited the Moore County airport in 1931 in an autogyro, a precursor to the helicopter. Her visit was part of a long history of aviation in the area, which apparently tended to conflict with another hallmark activity: golf. One resident, hoping to get flights over the course banned, wrote, “I have long felt that the airoplane flying over the golf courses is a nuisance to the players. Today I was scared out of my wits, as well as others with me, when the plane shut off its engine and swooped down to a height of about 25 feet over our heads on the 16th hole, course 3… and coasted to the field amid laughter in the plane at our discomfort.”

To browse all of our newspapers by location, date, and type, take a look at our North Carolina Newspapers collection. To see more materials from Person County Public Library, you can visit their partner page and their website.

7 of Cary High School’s Most Fun-Looking Classes From the 1960s-’70s

More yearbooks are in—and they are from the golden age of yearbook graphic design! Thanks to our partner, the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, we’ve added the 1968-1972 yearbooks from Cary High School to our site.

Although the artistry of these yearbooks can’t be captured by excerpts alone (you can look at the full yearbooks here), some of the artistry of Cary High’s curriculum could be. The yearbook staff was able to make classes look fun—even if that contradicts some of the student opinions. Here are some examples that will make you want to enroll.

A student making notes on a clipboard

From The Yrac, 1968

#1: ICT

This student looks like they might be at work, but in fact, this is part of an ICT class—which stands for “industrial co-operative training.” Myra, the caption explains, is in Rex Hospital at a nursing station. From the rest of the yearbook spread, it seems like the ICT program helped students get a sense of what certain jobs were really like. 




Two band students kneeling. The one in the back (to the left) is playing the clarinet; the one in the front (right) is playing the tuba.

From The Yrac, 1969

#2: Band

Of course band is on the list! Look at those uniforms! The wrap-around marching tuba! Who wouldn’t see the appeal of goofing around with your friends while you play instruments? Then again, you always run the risk of having a trumpet played right next to your ear.





Three students inspecting underneath an open car hood

From The Yrac, 1968

#3: Auto mechanics

For those who find sitting in desks and taking notes dreary, there are always hands-on classes. The yearbook notes that these students are at West Cary, then a satellite school for first year students that was separate from the senior high school. The extra space meant more room for vocational classes.


Three students sitting at the front of a classroom. Each of them holds a guitar or similar stringed instrument.

From The Yrac, 1970

#4: Spanish

Apparently, having to sing in front of your foreign language class is a tradition that goes back decades. While some students may find the assignment harrowing, these three performers decided to adapt a favorite song, “Where have all the flowers gone?” (You can listen to a 1967 Spanish adaptation here, though it isn’t by students.)


A group of students dressed as historical figures. The caption refers to them dressing as mobsters.

From The Yrac, 1970

#5: History

Nothing brings history to life like costume role-play—or so might argue these students. The caption describes these students as “mobsters” deciding on “the fate of their fellow classmates,” but there looks to be at least one Charlie Chaplin and perhaps a soldier in there.




A student using a camera while a group of other students stand around him.

From The Yrac, 1972

#6: Yearbook

Especially for the staff members of this era, yearbook was kind of a fine art. The real perk of the job, though, was getting to use that camera.


A student in a plaid bathrobe standing in front of a garage door. They have a single curler in the front of their hair.

From The Yrac, 1968

#7: Drama

Who knows what was happening here? I suppose the caption warns you that you’re liable to see “weird” things near the drama department. Bill does not seem eager to have this photo taken.

You can see the full batch of The Yrac yearbooks here or browse our North Carolina Yearbooks collection by school and date. To see more materials from the Page-Walker Arts & History Center, you can visit their partner page and their website

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