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,…
Former state senator (1970-74) and Dothan mayor (1987-89) Larry Register was one of the first donors to and friends of the Wiregrass Archives.
He passed away on Monday, November 29, 1921.
Shortly after the Wiregrass Archives opened in 2002, Mr. Register donated 15 cubic feet of family papers that covered many of his interests such…
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, the guns that had roar ed in the most destructive war to that point in history fell silent. Although the June 1919 Treaty of Versailles officially closed World War 1 (the US never signed it), the Armistice ended combat.
Given the extraordinary…
We credit Aesop with the axiom, “familiarity breeds contempt” (meaning apathy). In our world of airplane travel and cell phones, Google Earth, readily-available satellite views, and ubiquitous drone imagery and film, we are likely to become somewhat inured about aerial photographs.
All these things are contemporary, so an aerial view of a place we know…