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T-shirts? In the Archives?

Why would an archives have or want a t-shirt collection? We don’t have a museum on campus, and while archives have traditionally been about written records, sometimes we collect other things that help document life on the campus.  I would be neglecting part of my role as institutional historian if I didn’t try to collect […]

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The Class of 1857

We often remember our first graduate, Samuel Dibble of the class of 1856, who was the only student to graduate in that year.  But we don’t talk as much about the second graduate, or for that matter, any of the six graduates of the class of 1857.  Mr. Dibble, as a transfer student from the […]

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Interim in recent years

The 1990s and 2000s saw continued change in Interim.  As the Cold War ended and Wofford’s programs abroad offerings increased, faculty and students began to travel to more places outside of Western Europe and the Caribbean.  In the early 1990s, travels to Russia and Eastern Europe became easier – though students had traveled to Czechoslovakia […]

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Interim in the Late 1980s

Interim continued to mature in the late 1980s, and although traditional classroom projects continued to dominate, internship opportunities increased. In addition to law, medicine, dentistry, ministry, and accounting, the opportunity to undertake internships in a congressional office became available. The bicentennial of the Constitution provided an opportunity for a number of inter-related projects in 1988.  […]

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Remember The Cowpens – 1968

One of the 1968 Interim projects deposited some of its materials in the college archives.  Here are some photos from the “Remember The Cowpens” project from that first Interim. Notice the snow on the ground – let’s just say that when they camped out on the Cowpens battlefield, these students really got to experience what […]

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Henry Z. Nabers

Students asked their professors for letters of recommendation even in the 1890s. Some time back, I got a collection of letters about an alumnus named Henry Z. Nabers, an 1893 Wofford graduate.  Most of the letters were about him rather than by him.  In this case, they were letters from professors and employers attesting to […]

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Are there ghosts at Wofford?

Reprinted from the November 1, 1991 Old Gold and Black Back in 1991, I was an occasional staff writer for the Old Gold and Black, and my friend and editor Russ Singletary asked me to look into ghost stories at the college.  I didn’t find much, but what I found wound up in this article.  […]

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Greene Hall – 60 years and counting

So it turns out, I missed an anniversary last year. Greene Hall, the oldest residence hall on the campus, turned 60 in the fall of 2010.  For some reason, I convinced myself that the venerable old dorm opened in 1951, but a check of the Walter Kirkland Greene Residence Hall file proved me wrong. Greene […]

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Mom Helms

A house mother? That term might sound very quaint, or even archaic, to students today. The idea that an older woman, older than your mom, would be living in an apartment in your residence hall, would supervise or be a part of dorm life, seems a little strange. In fact, I’m not sure students today […]

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ROTC at Wofford

I’m reposting the story I wrote in the Spring 2011 Wofford Today here with some of the images – some of which didn’t make the magazine. By providing students with the opportunity to serve their country, exercise leadership on the campus, and represent the college in the community and elsewhere, ROTC has been a significant […]

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