250 pages, 8.5 in x 11 in
Publication Date: Nov-2005
More than 400 historic and contemporary photographs illustrate this in-depth coffee-table volume—the first comprehensive history of Wofford College since David Duncan Wallace’s history more than 50 years ago. Capturing six generations of college history, Wofford: Shining with Untarnished Honor, 1854-2004, has 250 colorful pages chock-full of stories, personalities, memories, lists, and sports. A crew of 50 writers with ties to the Spartanburg college have created this lively and accessible history book that takes readers from the founding of the “hilltop college” through the “campus transformed” of the modern era.
The story told here is first and foremost about Wofford people— students, faculty, alumni, trustees, and friends. The first generation experienced the horrors of Civil War; the second (1876-1902) learned citizenship and service from “the doctor,” James H. Carlisle. Then, between 1902-1942, the college worked to define and shape “the Mind of the South” and earned its chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. World War II and the Cold War profoundly shaped the experiences of a fourth generation from 1940s through the 1960s. Women and minorities came into the Wofford community as the Baby Boomers arrived on the campus. A new emphasis on the arts and the development of the January Interim term were key developments of that fifth-generation era. Finally, in late 1980s, the college adopted a new Masterplan that laid the foundations for exciting change and progress into a sixth, millennial generation.
This book is also a story about the special place that links these generations together. Wofford is one of only a handful of American colleges founded before the Civil War that continue to operate on their original campuses. For 150 years, it has shared good times and bad times with the surrounding city, state and nation. In that sense, all can learn from those who have studied, taught, shared and grown (in the words of the alma mater), “on the city’s northern border.”
About the Editors
Doyle Boggs is the executive director of communications at Wofford College. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, he earned his B.A. degree at Wofford and completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in history at the University of South Carolina. A contributor to several publications of Hub City Press, he is a past president of the Spartanburg County Historical Association.
JoAnn Mitchell Brasington
JoAnn Mitchell Brasington was born, reared and currently lives in Woodruff, S.C. She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Wofford College and a master's in journalism from the University of South Carolina. She is a freelance writer, graphic designer and public relations consultant.
Serving as archivist at Wofford College and of the South Carolina United Methodist Conference since 1999, Phillip Stone is responsible for collecting, preserving, and promoting the history of those institutions. He has contributed to the South Carolina Encyclopedia, co-authored an article in the March 2007 issue of Southern Cultures, and serves as book review editor for H-SC, a listserv devoted to South Carolina history and culture.