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Seamus Heaney at Wofford

I’ve been digging in the files today for photos or clippings about Seamus Heaney’s visits to Wofford.  The Nobel laureate in literature and arguably Ireland’s most famous literary figure of the present day died recently. Heaney spoke at Wofford on two occasions.  This poster is from his 1984 visit to the campus. Heaney’s visits came […]

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How the Methodist Church split in the 1840s

This column appears in the February 2013 issue of the SC United Methodist Advocate.  I thought that sharing some information about why the Methodist Church split before the Civil War would be interesting.   For nearly 100 years, the Methodist Episcopal Church was divided into northern and southern wings.  Sixteen years before the southern states […]

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Dickens at 200

I heard on the radio this morning that today is Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday. My thoughts immediately went to the lock of his hair that is in my office safe.  Yes, you read that right.  Strange things often wind up in archives and special collections.  This was the gift of a Wofford alum some years […]

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George H. W. Bush visits Wofford, 1980

Spartanburg has often been a stop on the presidential campaign trail, and Wofford has seen candidates drop by over the years.  Former President Gerald R. Ford dropped in to meet classes and hold a press conference in April 1980, as I’ve noted in a previous blog.  Future president George H. W. Bush, who in 1980 […]

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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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