Reflections
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"There is no place in the state with a greater need or with a greater potential for higher education than the Sumter area." - Dr. Robert C. Edwards, president of Clemson University This issue of Reflections revisits the arrival of Clemson … more
This issue of Reflections returns to 1920 and the creation of the first yearbook to be published by city high schools. Research reveals that Sumter High School began publication of a yearbook in 1920; Lincoln High School began publishing its … more
Part II of a look back at the past century in Sumter continues the review of the people and events of 1916. This segment highlights America's gradual movement toward taking an active role in the horrific military conflict in Europe and the … more
Sumter's growth and development a century ago in 1916 was substantial. In recognition of generations of change, Reflections takes an overview of events of that year 100 years ago that helped shape our community's history. Focus falls upon several … more
Today we look back on the life of Julian Augustus Raffield whose 30 years of public service made him one of the longest serving public officers in Sumter's history. He was described by those who knew him as "a capable administrator, a good man and a … more
"It is in exchanging the gifts of the earth that you shall find abundance and be satisfied." - Gibran This issue of Reflections returns to yesteryear and visits several of Sumter's early businesses that enjoyed increased visitation during the … more
This issue of Reflections looks back at one of Stateburg's most recognizable homes and the man who came to capture its image on film. Many native Sumterites will not recognize Borough House by the name of Hillcrest; however, this will be discussed … more
This issue of Reflections discusses the annual arrival of Santa Claus to the Sumter community and his impact on its residents. During the Christmas season, Sumter has traditionally featured Santa in a variety of ways including inserting him into … more
Reflections for Nov. 29 was part one of a two-part return to Sumter during the 1940s; it paid tribute to a number of individuals who helped the community grow by expanding and creating economic opportunities. Today, part two looks at some of … more
December 7, 1941, was a "date which will live in infamy," when an attack on Pearl Harbor changed the nation, profoundly affecting every American community regardless of its location or size. The surprise attack brought our community together, … more
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