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It Came from the Archives: A Girl the Wildcats left behind

Two of the Tallassee boys who answered the call in World War I, Willie Pierce, left, and Loman Ballard.

Two of the Tallassee boys who answered the call in World War I, Willie Pierce, left, and Loman Ballard.

When soldiers fight away from home, they leave behind non-combatants – mothers, fathers, siblings, and friends.  Some friends were young women with whom the soldier-boys (and don’t forget that most of them were exactly that) had grown up.  Today’s post concerns one young woman soldiers corresponded with, and what those letters tell us not only about them…

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Remnant Trust exhibit opens at Troy University’s Dothan Campus Library

An exhibit of rare artifacts from The Remnant Trust Collection will be on display at TROY's Dothan Campus Library through the spring semester.

An exhibit of rare artifacts from The Remnant Trust Collection will be on display at TROY's Dothan Campus Library through the spring semester.

An exhibit featuring rare books, manuscripts and artifacts is on display at Troy University’s Dothan Campus library, located in R. Terry Everett Hall, now through spring.  

The exhibit is part of the collection of The Remnant Trust, a public educational foundation that shares an actively growing collection of manuscripts, first editions and early works…

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It Came from the Archives: Bookmobiles provide books to rural folks

Wayne Love, Director of the George S. Houston Memorial Library, ca. 1982, Doug Snellgrove Photographs, RG 099, Wiregrass Archives
 

Sometimes, an item buried in a collection is all a researcher needs to launch a tale.  A pair of ca. 1982 photos of the Houston Memorial Library bookmobile are responsible for today’s post.

Doug Snellgrove Photographs, RG 099, Wiregrass Archives

Bookmobiles are 20th century ways for city-based libraries to serve rural patrons.  Bookmobiles harken back to 1902,…

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