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When did we start having class on Labor Day?

Every year, as fall semester classes begin, students and faculty ask this question: Why do we start on Labor Day?  Sometimes the answer that comes back is, we’ve always started on Labor Day! But that’s not completely true.  In 2015, for example, Labor Day was September 7, and waiting to start classes on Sept. 7 […]

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Henry Nelson Snyder: Wofford and Methodist leader

This article appeared in the SC United Methodist Advocate this month. Wofford’s Dr. Henry Nelson Snyder served as the college’s fourth president from 1902 to 1942, and at the same time, was one of the leading laymen of South Carolina Methodism. He was a very influential leader in state and national higher education circles as […]

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“Fish” Salmon

With a last name like Salmon, it’s no surprise that students stuck him with the nickname “Fish.” John L. Salmon was one of the longest-serving members of the college’s faculty, coming to Wofford in 1921 and remaining active well into the 1980s.  When he arrived in 1921 to teach modern languages, he joined an already […]

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Commencement Season

It’s getting close to Commencement again here at Wofford, and in just a few days, we’ll send another class off into the world.  I like to show some of our Commencement-related artifacts and documents each year around this time.  Today, I’ve got a program from the 1859 ceremony, complete with the names of all of […]

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A class trip to Charleston, 1889

This article, from the December 1889 issue of the Wofford College Journal, details some of the exploits of Wofford’s Class of 1890 as they took a senior class trip to Charleston, by rail, a few weeks before Thanksgiving.  Student travel was no doubt as enlightening to them as it is to our students today – […]

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John Quitman Hill, Wofford’s fourth Rhodes Scholar

Wofford’s fourth Rhodes Scholar is also the only one to date that has returned as a member of the faculty.  Coming over thirty years after the last Wofford student or alumnus to be elected, Professor John Quitman Hill, took an unusual path to his scholarship.  A childhood illness prevented him from attending school until he […]

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Whitefoord Smith: The professor with the odd name

Whitefoord Smith has one of the most unusual first names of any of our early professors, and it lived on for a long time in the name of the college’s first library – the Whitefoord Smith Library. Born in Charleston in 1812, Smith he took his name from the family name of his father’s mother.  […]

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The Wofford Faculty, the 1912 version

The college’s faculty has certainly grown over the years. In 1854, on opening day, only 3 professors were on campus. The next year, that number grew to 5. Even as late as the 1890s, that number was about 8 or 9, and they were teaching about 150 students in most years. But by 1912, that […]

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Charles Pettis – the forgotten physicist

Charles S. Pettis served on the Wofford faculty for some 34 years, but he’s almost part of a “lost generation” of professors. He arrived after long-time professors such as D. D. Wallace, Coleman Waller, John Clinkscales, and James A. Chiles, and was more of a contemporary of Kenneth Coates, John L. Salmon, and W. R. […]

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The First Catalogue

Over the past year, we’ve been trying to increase the number of items that are in the archives digital collection.  One of the college’s older documents is the 1855 College Catalogue, the first published by the college. The college catalogues contain most of the important information, including the names of all of the trustees, faculty […]

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