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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]

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.

Happy Halloween! Over 45 Years of Raeford’s Newspaper “The News-Journal” Now Available on DigitalNC

Header for The News-Journal. Under the paper's title there is a colorful bar with the text: Hoke County's newspaper since 1905.

Thanks to our partner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, over 45 years of The News-Journal (Raeford, N.C.) have been added to our website. This batch fills in previously large gaps between 1957 to 1967 and 1986 to 2021. Still active today, The News-Journal has been publishing articles covering news in North Carolina’s City of Raeford and Hoke County since 1905. Contents of the newspaper focus primarily on the coverage and accounts of notable resident accomplishments, community growth, issues, and local events.

One of the best times to visit Hoke County to experience their fun local events is in the autumn. Every autumn The News-Journal highlights the area’s traditions such as the Turkey Festival, Fall Festival, decorations around town, and the newspaper’s Halloween costume contest. In Hoke County, the Halloween costume contest is particularly popular with submissions totaling over 100 entries each year. Unable to resist the All Hallows’ Eve spirit, the NCDHC would like to share with you some of the cutest, most original, and funniest children’s costumes that have been submitted to the paper over the last 45+ years. Don’t worry about scary clowns, nothing but laughs and cuteness ahead!

Wild Child(ren)!

Dressed as some of the most adorable creatures you can find out in the wild, these three—Kentrell, Casey, and Tasheona—look excited to start trick or treating!

Baby Biker Beshilas

No biker look would be complete without Harley-Davidson apparel and an awesome horseshoe ‘stache.

Beshilas easily takes the award for funniest costume.

Hendrix Household Costume Trifecta

If there was a prize for the greatest number of most original awards given to one family the Hendrix Family would win by a landslide! Each child is dressed up as a familiar household item including a washing machine, bag of groceries, and a basket of laundry. 

















 To view more Hoke County Halloween costume contestants, take a look at our issues of The News-Journal.

To view more newspapers from around North Carolina, please visit our North Carolina Newspapers Collection here.

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


Additional Issues of the Hyde County Herald, 1939-1945, Discuss Lake Mattamuskeet, World War II

Sepia colored masthead Hyde County HeraldAdditional issues of the Hyde County Herald, published out of Swan Quarter, are now available on DigitalNC. These were provided by the Outer Banks History Center and scanned at our Elizabeth City office. Dating from 1939-1945, they join later issues from 1948-1957 which were already shared online thanks to the efforts of staff at Wilson Special Collections Library for the National Digital Newspaper Program

Sepia colored photograph showing lake, shoreline with trees, hotel buildingsOne frequently mentioned Hyde County location is Lake Mattamuskeet, the largest natural freshwater lake in the state. In 1934 it was established as a National Wildlife Refuge stewarded by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and it remains a crucial refuge for birds and other wildlife. The Herald talks about the importance of the lake and its wildlife for tourism and the ecosystem. 

During the war years the paper turns to local efforts to support the troops as well as news items about Hyde County residents fighting in the war. The investments in the Naval Auxiliary Air Station at Manteo and facilities at a naval base on Ocracoke show the war’s financial and developmental impact on the coast.

You can view all of the issues of the Hyde County Herald that we have available here. All items we’ve scanned for the Outer Banks History Center are available through their contributor page. Everything we have about Hyde County can be found on the Hyde County page.

“Fill In” Issues of the Tyrrell Tribune from 1941 Represent Complete Run

Sepia colored masthead Tyrrell TribuneThanks to the staff at the Outer Banks History Center, we now have a complete run of the 1941 Tyrrell Tribune available online. These papers were scanned at our office in Elizabeth City. 

thumbnail images of sepia and greyscale newspaper front pages

Search results showing the 1941 front pages let you easily see which issues are from microfilm and which from print.

North Carolina has an astounding amount of newspaper on microfilm thanks to efforts of the State Archives, newspaper publishers, local libraries, and other cultural heritage institutions. One thing we really love to do is use DigitalNC to join together microfilmed issues with print issues that have never been microfilmed. The Tyrrell Tribune is one of these cases.

For us, digitizing from microfilm is more cost-effective than digitizing from print. In addition, many papers that were microfilmed were disposed of when organizations were unable to afford storage and care. Microfilmed copies may be the only versions still available. However, there are cases where print issues held by our partners fill in for what was never microfilmed and the 1941 Tyrrell Tribune is a great example.

Published out of Columbia, N.C., the Tribune covers news about local government, coastal industry, agriculture, and events. You can see all of the issues that we have available from the Tribune here. All items we’ve scanned for the Outer Banks History Center are available through their contributor page. Everything we have about Tyrrell County can be found on the Tyrrell County page.

Newspapers, Church Minutes, and So Much More from High Point Museum!

With special thanks to our partner, High Point Museum,  Digital NC is now added to our collections. The latest items include school newspapers from William Penn High School and Griffin Junior High School in High Points, Church Minutes from the Primitive Baptist Association, The Advocate and Messenger newsletter published in Virginia, and a host of items from the Myrtle Desk Company and the Alama Furniture Company.  

Most unique in this collection is the 1910 High Point Buggy Company catalog. The catalog features a wide variety of High-Grade Buggies for customers to purchase. In addition to the Buggy catalog, High Point, known for being the Furniture Capital of the World, has produced numerous furniture catalogs, from desks to home furnishings.

Picture of High Point High Grade Buggy

Catalog images from the 1910 High Point Buggy Company Designers and Builders of High-Grade Buggers.

The newspapers in this added collection represent William Penn High School and Griffin Junior High School, both local Black high schools in High Point. From newsletters celebrating the 1953 Class Reunion to newspapers discussing the events at the local high school, The Students’ Pen and the Griffin Junior Citizen were staples in the community.  

To see more of our partner, High Point Museum, visit here 

Be sure to check out our wonderful collection of NC Newspapers and memorabilia 

New Issues of The Sandhill Citizen now available on DigitalNC


Front Page of “The Sandhill Citizen”, January 7th, 1954

Digital NC now has new issues of The Sandhill Citizen thanks to our partners, the Moore County Library and the Moore County Genealogical Society. Published on Fridays, the newspaper covered news in Southern Pines (1919 – 1925) and Aberdeen (1949 – 1954).

Local stories included stories about small organizations such as events for the March of Dimes, which took on the initiative of helping citizens affected by Polio. In January of 1954, the organization raised $1,000 to help with its initiatives.

To see other issues of  The Southern Pines, visit here.

Special thanks to the Moore County Public Library and the Genealogical Society for their support in helping to digitize these newspapers.

Be sure to check out DigitialNC’s extensive North Carolina newspaper collection here.

Seashore News Issues Tell of Bygone Beach Days

The masthead of The Seashore News

Another newspaper title from the eastern part of our state has been added to our digital collections thanks to our partner, the Outer Banks History Center. These issues of The Seashore News were published for the Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, and Kitty Hawk beach communities in 1939.

One article from the June 8, 1939 issue describes a different beach scene than many of us are used to today. 

Head line reading, "Grass, Flowers, Trees Grow Well on Beach Since Cattle Removed."

“Dare County is being reborn,” it begins. “Where only a year or two ago the eye was greeted with vast stretches of bare sand and course beach grass, upon which herds of stunted cattle eked out a miserable existance [sic], today is springing to life lush vegetation, acres of wild flowers and trees and flowering shrubs of a hundred varieties.”

The article goes on to describe how the “Stock Law” passed in 1937 by the State Legislature helped eliminate the cattle, wild horses, and “scuttling flocks of mangy sheep” from the beaches. The author also claims that the beaches were a “veritable paradise of verdure” when colonists first arrived and that it was due to the livestock that the beaches became “a territory that was fast taking on the arid aspects of a desert.”

An illustration of three horses trotting over sand dunes

Whether the introduction of vegetation to the area would be considered “conservation” by today’s standards isn’t totally clear, though the NC Wildlife Resources Commission doesn’t exactly describe costal habitats as a “‘delicate garden abounding with all kinds of odiferous flowers.'”

You can see all issues of The Seashore News here, and you can browse all of our digital newspapers by location, type, and date in our North Carolina Newspapers collection. To learn more about the Outer Banks History Center, you can visit their partner page and their website.

Issues of The Dare County Times from 1939 now on DigitalNC

Headmast for the July 21, 1939 issue of The Dare County Times from Manteo, N.C.

Thanks to our partner, The Outer Banks History Center, we now have every issue of The Dare County Times from 1935-1945 up on DigitalNC! In these papers we have stories about the smallest school in North Carolina (only seven students!), the 100th performance of Paul Green’s The Lost Colony, and the fire that devastated much of Manteo on September 11th, 1939.

Clipping from February 17, 1939 issue showing the smallest school in North Carolina. A young female teacher and her seven students Photo from the September 15th issue. An aerial view showing a large mass of smoke covering most of the town

The Manteo fire broke out in the early hours of that September morning and destroyed 21 buildings in just three hours. Since the town had limited supplies to fight the fire, trucks from neighboring communities had to be called in to help contain the flames and one even came down from Norfolk, Virginia to offer aid. Miraculously, not a single person was injured amidst the chaos.

If you would like to see the rest of the available issues of The Dare County Times, you can find them here. You can also browse our entire collection of North Carolina newspapers and visit our contributing partners page.

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