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William Wightman and the cornerstone

The laying of the cornerstone of Main Building took place on July 4, 1851, and as part of the ceremony, The Rev. William May Wightman, the chairman of the new college’s board of trustees, gave a somewhat lengthy address.  With thousands present, Wightman, who had been named to the board in Benjamin Wofford’s will, proclaimed, “We […]

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Notes from 1900

Occasionally I like to share articles from student publications of long ago.  The Journal, which began publication in 1889, served as a mix of alumni newspaper, campus newspaper, and literary magazine until around 1915.  Here are some excerpts from the October 1900 issue.  It looks like some things stay the same.   Opening:  Dr. Carlisle […]

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The Sancho Letter

In the September issue of the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate, I printed some excerpts from a letter written by a slave named Sancho.  The letter is one of the hidden treasures in the archives. It is part of the H. A. C. Walker Papers in the Wofford Archives. It’s a fascinating, painful, and moving […]

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Mary Belle Winn – A Methodist Missionary in China

This month, I began writing a column about South Carolina Methodist history for the SC United Methodist Advocate, our Annual Conference’s newspaper.  The first column appeared this week, so I’m sharing it here on the blog as well.  Several years ago, a collection of some 147 letters arrived at the Conference Archives at Wofford. These […]

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The 1912 Glee Club Tour

Recently a few copies of the Journal made their way to my desk, and I spotted this story about the Glee Club’s annual concert tour of South Carolina in March-April 1912, a hundred years ago.  Many alumni of the 1950s remember fondly their tours, so it was nice to see that it had a longer […]

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Dunc Wallace writes about John Wesley

David Duncan Wallace was one of Wofford’s more prolific scholars and authors – both in the early twentieth century and throughout the college’s history.  Today, I’m sharing an essay he published on the life of John Wesley. For the two of you who don’t know who Wesley was, he was an Anglican priest and, more […]

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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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A Speech to the Student Body, 1893

REMARKS GIVEN BY JAMES MARION BOYD TO NEW STUDENTS AND STUDENT BODY OF WOFFORD COLLEGE, SEPTEMBER 1893 The Rev. J. Marion Boyd was, in the fall of 1893, a member of Wofford’s Board of Trustees and a Methodist minister in South Carolina.  At the time that he gave these remarks in chapel, he was the […]

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Commencement 1922

I’m hoping to write about some of Wofford’s Commencement traditions this month.  I also like to share new things that come across my desk.  And I like to share old documents when I find them.  Today, you get a three-fer.  A new package of items archival arrived in my mailbox this afternoon.  One of the […]

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Wofford’s 75th Anniversary

This bulletin, published for Wofford’s 75th anniversary in 1929, talks about the college’s early history and mission, but it is by and large a forward-looking, not a backward-looking document. It goes into some detail about the fairly small number of large gifts that the college had received over its history, and so in no small […]

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