Tag Archives: Wiregrass Archives

Wiregrass Archives co-sponsoring historian’s Dothan speech

September 19, 2019
By Claudia Harris

Notable African Americans from Alabama will be featured in a speech by prominent Alabama historian Dr. Richard Bailey on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the G.W. Carver Interpretive Museum in Dothan.

Bailey’s program, based on his book titled “They Too Call Alabama Home: African American Profiles, 1800-1999,” is part of the Draughon Seminars in State and…

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It Came from the Archives: 20th century Dothan socialite Pauline Burdeshaw

August 28, 2019
By Dr. Marty Olliff

Pauline (neé Byrd) Burdeshaw was an anomaly.

In an era when few women traveled far and most did not travel without their husbands, Polly, as she was known to her friends, made multiple trips in North America, South America, and Europe.  Staying in high-end hotels and traveling by luxury steam liners, she met the famous…

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It Came from the Archives: Photos of a Dothan neighborhood, 1958

July 11, 2019
By Dr. Marty Olliff

Archival collections sometimes tell stories beyond those on their face. Archivists talk about collections found in attics or on roadsides, and some collections have had narrow escapes from destruction.

The Bill Church Collection (record group 101) is one of those. A long-time Dothan resident, Mr. Church was chatting with a workman burning debris from a…

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