Folklife: Cooking Up a Batch of Poke Salet Brings Fond Memories


You know the old saying, “You need poke salet to thin your blood and get you ready for the summer”? This spring tonic is a controversial nefarious weed. More than likely growing wild in your backyard, Pokeweed has been a southern delicacy for centuries.  You won’t find this weed on an official list of edible native plants.  This wild green comes with a warning label due to its relation to the nightshade plant.  But yet, every spring “poke salad” fanciers gather the young shoots despite the warning label.

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Retro Cinema: 1949 How to Build an Igloo in 40 Minutes



The igloo or “iglu” is a temporary winter shelter built by native Eskimos to use for winter hunting camps. From the Arctic to as far west as the Aleutian Islands of Alaska and as far east as the western coastline of Greenland, the igloo structure evolved through trial and error over hundreds of years. Without the aid of math or engineering theories, igloos have been constructed with only a long sharp blade knife to cut the snow block.

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Viscious, Rude and Crude: Vinegar Valentines and Penny Dreadfuls

Not all Valentine cards once received were a warm welcome of sweet sentiments from your adoring admirer. If you were the unlucky recipient of a vinegar valentine, these cards expressed everything except love. Filled with bitterly sarcastic illustrations, these vicious, rude and crude sentiments that were meant to spike humor were so penny dreadful.

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Food for the Soul: Growing Up in the Collard Culture


Collards are a unique vegetable that shares a common glory between black, white and Native American people. Collards are celebrated on all sides of the southern family table. Collards are the pearl of the Real South that unites us rather than divides us.

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Reminiscing: The NC State Fair During the 40s and 50s


Ever wonder what the North Carolina State Fair was like in the 1940s and 1950s? Check out this archived video and vintage photos from the State Archives of North Carolina.

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How The Great Depression and Walt Disney Made Haunted Houses a Cult Icon


Leaving your front porch light on for trick-or-treater’s has a more sinister history behind the tradition.

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The US Constitution and The Citizens Almanac: Nine Obligations Americans Are Bound to Uphold


So what are these obligated responsibilities we as Americans are bound to in addition to the US Constitution?

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Quiz: Can You Answer These Rarely Known Questions About the US Constitution?


Test your knowledge! A recent survey by Newsweek suggests that 70% of Americans do not know the basics of our US Constitution and 57% of Americans have never read the Constitution.

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School House Rock “No More Kings” is Great to Watch on Constitution Day!


Have we forgotten the truth in this simple song? If it’s been a while since you checked out “No More Kings” by School House Rock, Constitution Day is the perfect day to do it.

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American Life Before the US Constitution – Educating Kids


It’s Constitution Week! Unmasked History Magazine is celebrating Constitution Day highlighting the most important document of our history – The U.S. Constitution. Check out this video to teach your kids about how American life was like before our US Constitution was created and ratified.

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