Tag Archives: Wiregrass Archives

It Came from the Archives: ‘The biggest parade ever staged in Dothan’

December 10, 2019
By Dr. Marty Olliff

The Great Depression had ravaged the United States for years when Franklin D. Roosevelt was inaugurated president on March 4, 1933. His New Deal resulted in passage of 16 landmark bills in the first ever “Hundred Days” that ended on June 16.

On that 100th day, Congress passed the National Industrial Recovery Act, one…

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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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