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It Came from the Archives: A singing convention at the 1949 Houston County Fair

Dr. Marty Olliff's latest column focuses on a singing tradition that hit the Wiregrass in 1949.

Dr. Marty Olliff's latest column focuses on a singing tradition that hit the Wiregrass in 1949.

In Southern folklife the singing convention has a long and illustrious history.  Always commercial ventures, they changed in scale as communication, printing, and travel technology expanded their market.  A new acquisition in the Wiregrass Archives, the Souvenir Edition, Tenth Annual Frank Stamps – Houston Co. Fair Singing Convention program (available for 50 cents), bears witness…

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It Came from the Archives: Dothan man was among fastest on the open sea

Dr. Marty Olliff's ongoing series turns its attention to a Dothan man who once shared the Atlantic crossing speed record.

Dr. Marty Olliff's ongoing series turns its attention to a Dothan man who once shared the Atlantic crossing speed record.

People in the Wiregrass have known about Bishop Cleaners since it opened in Dothan in 1947. But few know that in November 1945, its founder, Eustace E. Bishop, was one of the fastest men on the open sea.

A lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Bishop served on the aircraft carrier/troopship USS Lake Champlain…

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It Came from the Archives: Private Hardy F. Scarborough, 1832-1864

Dr. Marty Olliff looks through the Wiregrass Archives to tell the story of a Civil War veteran.

Dr. Marty Olliff looks through the Wiregrass Archives to tell the story of a Civil War veteran.

The Wiregrass Archives has only one collection directly relating to the U.S. Civil War – the Jerrie Watson Bass Collection, record group 18, donated in 2003.

Ms. Bass was one of her extended family historians.  In addition to allowing us to scan photographs of her male relatives who served in World War 1, World War…

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Wiregrass Archives looking to preserve social history of COVID-19

Dr. Marty Olliff serves as director of the Wiregrass Archives, located in Everett Hall at the Dothan Campus.

Dr. Marty Olliff serves as director of the Wiregrass Archives, located in Everett Hall at the Dothan Campus.

The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic is a global historical event that continues to play out and affect our lives.

While news reports focus on the wide-scale issues caused by the pandemic, Troy University’s Wiregrass Archives is looking to the public for help preserving the day-to-day history of this ongoing crisis and its effects on everyday life.

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