Sep 15

Holy Smoke: Vintage North Carolina barbecue from local church cookbooks — by Stephan Rantz

Posted on September 15, 2022 at 10:10 AM by Tamara Vaughan

This week, the Museum opens an exhibit from the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources on the history and tradition of North Carolina barbecue. Stephan Rantz takes look in the treasure trove of church cookbooks in the Heritage Research Center at the High Point Public Library to find tasty and vintage recipes inspired by our “Holy Grub.” As befits any church picnic or potluck, there’s plenty to try and something for everyone. 

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Aug 31

Educating Nurses in High Point – contributed by Marian Inabinett

Posted on August 31, 2022 at 10:26 AM by Tamara Vaughan

With the beginning of the new Fall Semester this week, High Point University opens its new Department of Nursing Program and welcomes the first students in the program. The Department’s complex, located at the corner of University Parkway and East Lexington Avenue, features a skills lab and simulation suites to train student nurses. This venture in nursing education isn’t High Point’s first: from around 1908 to 1978, nurses trained in the wards of High Point’s hospitals. Here’s a brief, illustrated history of the nursing schools at High Point Memorial Hospital and Guilford General Hospital.

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Aug 17

High Point’s West End Pt. 1 – contributed by Marian Inabinett

Posted on August 17, 2022 at 4:27 PM by Tamara Vaughan

The ongoing efforts of the Southwest Renewal Foundation and the recent opening of the long-time Winston-Salem music venue, Ziggy’s, have brought attention to High Point’s “West End.” This once-vibrant neighborhood centered around the Melrose Hosiery Mill was an alternate business district to the traditional Main Street downtown, featuring shops, cafes, grocery and drug stores, a movie theater, and a Post Office. Few people now remember these local businesses, patronized by hundreds of mill workers. Some are familiar with the nickname “Little Chicago,” attributed to this area in the 1930s, and more of us are familiar with the empty storefronts, vacant lots, and reputation for crime in the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2013, Kimberly Mozingo completed a project and exhibit at the High Point Museum on the West End for her UNC Greensboro graduate class. The exhibit on the rise and decline of the West End revealed the pride of the families who owned businesses there and a determination to restore the neighborhood’s prosperity. Her research on the neighborhood’s history created a permanent display at West End Ministries. In Part One of a two-part blog, we’ll look at the development of the West End.

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