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Iris Festival is lengthy tradition in Sumter

In celebration of the 78th year of the Iris Festival, the country's longest-running continuous festival, Reflections presents slides taken by the late Hubert D. Osteen in 1948 and 1949 of Swan Lake-Iris Gardens and the festival parade. The festival … more

Sumter's 1st car was a Locomobile

Reflections remembers research done on the arrival of the automobile in the Sumter community. An article published in 1963 by reporter Jobie Dixon presents an insightful perspective on this event. Additional resources were taken from The Sumter Item … more

Downs and touchdowns: The 1943 SHS football team

Reflections remembers the 1943 Sumter High football team. This unit consisted of a small, inexperienced group of young men who played football during one of the most trying periods in American history. The seniors on this team realized that at the … more

Women take to the air during World War II

Reflections will utilize an article written in 1943 concerning the early WASP squadrons and discuss their achievements and contributions to the World War II effort. This article was written by NEA Staff Correspondent Ann Stevick and will be … more

Civic Center brings changes to Sumter

This issue of Reflections focuses on the changes wrought by the construction of the Sumter Civic Center. We have asked our readers to identify 15 buildings from a photo of Sumter's skyline circa 1970, which may have been altered or torn down. The … more

Keith's Garage, 'We Never Close'

Reflections remembers Keith's Garage, one of Sumter's most utilized automotive repair shops during the '20s, '30s and '40s. The business establishment proclaimed that it was capable of repairing all makes and models of wrecked trucks and cars. … more

Historic homes adorn Sumter's downtown

This issue of Reflections focuses on the exceptional number of historic homes within the Sumter community. From 1890 to 1940, the city experienced a period of unprecedented growth and development brought on by the influx of new businesses and the … more

Looking back at the Sumter Hotel

Reflections looks again at Hotel Sumter, which reigned as Sumter's most modern accommodation available to visitors to this community in 1901. Those stockholders who were investing in this project offered several options regarding where this … more

Shelor Building unique in Sumter

Reflections remembers the proposed construction of a modern building on the corner of Sumter and Canal Streets in 1946 to be known as the Shelor Building. The building was the only vestige of art deco-style architecture built in the city. Webster … more

Sumter was manufacturing haven in early 1900s

Editor's note: Following is the second of a two-part article. The piece regarding a 1901 exhibition in Sumter is based on a report retrieved from The Item archives. Part one ran in the March 10 edition of The Sumter Item. "There is a great … more

Large Sumter exposition held in 1901

Reflections returns to the city of Sumter in May of 1901 to report on a large exposition held in the city that year. An exposition is defined by Webster's as "a large public exhibition or show, often international in scope." This cultural, social, … more

Unknown soldier buried at Sumter Cemetery site

Reflections remembers the writings of Caroline S. Coleman as she reported on several historic events. Joseph Reedy's most interesting account of her jaunts into states to the north includes an item concerning the Unknown Soldier of the 1860s whose … more

Dr. B. T. Williams was a pioneer in his field

This issue of Reflections focuses on the life and contributions of Dr. B. T. Williams, one of the earliest black dentists to establish a practice in Sumter. Dr. Williams, along with Dr. Thomas B. Davis, Dr. Andrew Maxwell, Dr. Irby D. Davis Jr., … more
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