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The Civil War Begins – 150 years ago today

American historians and others today are commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Confederate bombardment of Fort Sumter, the event that began the American Civil War.  Of course, events long before the first shot was fired precipitated the war, but April 12, 1861 was when the fighting actually started.   How did the Civil War affect […]

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Spartanburg hosts Lindbergh

Ordinarily I stick to writing about Wofford history, with a little Methodist history thrown in for good measure.  Mostly I leave Spartanburg-area history to my friend and neighbor Brad Steinecke and his Hub City Historian blog.  However, in going through some materials today, I found a copy of the program celebrating the visit of Charles […]

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Students and Politics

A few weeks back, a researcher asked me if we had any records about black student activism at Wofford in the late 1960s.  I didn't turn up a lot of information, but I found a few news clippings tha I shared.   I found this one especially interesting.  Some Wofford students visited a neighboring college […]

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The Archives – an old curiosity shop

There's a lot of serendipity in archives.  You just never know what you might find when you visit or talk to an archivist.  Things that you never expected will appear from the stacks, the vaults, or the file cabinets.   Today, for example, Dr. Anne Rodrick from our history department mentioned on Facebook that today […]

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Election Day special

In celebration of the political process, here are the names of Wofford's alumni who have served in the United States Congress.   Eight alumni have served in the House of Representatives.  Samuel Dibble, who was Wofford's first graduate in 1856, served five terms in the House, from 1881 to 1891.  He represented the district around […]

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Rock at Wofford

Maybe there aren't many people around the campus now who know who Kris Kristofferson is.  So a blog post about a concert he put on in Andrews Fieldhouse in October 1971 might have an appeal only to a certain generation.  Perhaps best known as the author of "Me and Bobby McGee" and "Help Me Make […]

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Gerald Ford visits Wofford

Every four years, South Carolina’s “first in the South” presidential primaries draw national attention to the Palmetto State.  Since 1988, the state has been particularly popular with Republican candidates, though the Democrats have competed in some years as well.  Many candidates have stopped in Spartanburg over the years, with almost obligatory stops at the Beacon.  […]

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George Washington Carver’s 1923 visit

When I asked the communications office if I could have a blog, it was largely because I come across items from time to time that are too good not to share with the community. When I found these two letters a few weeks ago, buried in a stack of crumbling files from the early 1920s, […]

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