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The Auburn-Wofford game, Sept. 22, 1950

Since taking part in the very first intercollegiate football game in South Carolina in December 1889, Wofford’s team has had many memorable moments.  The era of the late 1940s and early 1950s, under legendary head coach Phil Dickens, has a good number of those highlights.  Coming off an 11-0 regular season in 1949, ending with […]

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Mary Sydnor DuPre, Wofford’s Long-Serving Librarian

For forty-eight years, Mary Sydnor DuPre presided over Wofford College’s library.  She wasn’t the first person who had the title of college librarian.  The college had a small library from its earliest days, and the literary societies also had libraries.   A few other names appear in college catalogues as the librarian, but Miss DuPre held […]

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Thomas Carlisle Montgomery’s Letters

A member of Wofford’s class of 1909, Thomas Carlisle Montgomery came to Wofford from Marion, South Carolina. He was a member of Kappa Alpha and the Calhoun Literary Society. His father, W. J. Montgomery, was a member of the Class of 1875. Following his graduation, he served in the Allied Expeditionary Forces during World War […]

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Founder’s Day

Today is October 19, which at Wofford means it’s Founder’s Day  237 years ago today, on a small farm in Spartanburg County, Benjamin Wofford was born. That day in 1780 was a lot like any other day in the early 1780s in Spartanburg, and with a war raging along the frontier settlements, the birth of […]

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From the Archives: Methodism and Slavery

For nearly 100 years, the Methodist Episcopal Church was divided into northern and southern wings. Sixteen years before the Southern states seceded, the Annual Conferences in the South withdrew from the denomination and formed the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. What could have caused this split? The short and answer is, the inability to find a […]

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Layers of history and postcards

It’s not unusual for someone to ask me to give a tour of campus to a visitor.  When that happens, I like to start on the front steps of Main Building.  There, I can point out the layers of history on the campus.  From that spot, an observer can see elements from the original campus […]

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Methodism in Spartanburg

Some years ago, I gave a talk to the South Carolina Conference Historical Society about Methodism in Spartanburg. It is way too long to repeat here, but I want to mention just a few of the historic churches in this area that have contributed to the growth of Upcountry Methodism. On one of his 1788 […]

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The 1919-20 Glee Club

Recently someone handed me a program from the 1919-20 Glee Club.  Since I like to share documents here when I can, and especially new acquisitions, I’m posting it here.  

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William Wightman, Bishop and President

Bishop William Wightman’s career shows that Methodist clergy can wear many hats. A Charleston native, William May Wightman was born on January 29, 1808 to parents who were active Methodists. His mother was a native of Plymouth, England, and according to family legend, sat in John Wesley’s lap as a small child. Wightman graduated from […]

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Fifty Years Ago

I’ve taken a little bit of a hiatus from blogging for a few reasons. It is always a little harder to keep posting in the summer because of the combination of summer projects and vacation days. This summer was extra busy for me because I served for three months as the library’s interim director, which, […]

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