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This issue of Reflections discusses a time when the concept of a festival to celebrate the beautiful gardens created by H.C. Bland was in its infancy. The idea of an iris festival was discussed several years before the original event took place. The … more
This issue of Reflections revisits two of Sumter's most admired homes. These structures were examples of the era of opulent living enjoyed by many who lived in this community. These expansive treasures were either removed to make space for other … more
The "Rex" was one of Sumter's favorite movie theaters. The Rex Theater was a popular gathering spot on Saturday mornings for hundreds of Sumter's youth. The theater has a long history, including several renovations and changes in ownership. Here, we … more
The creator of Memorial Park was Julia Lester Dillon. Sumter's first city park, a serene place of beauty and contemplation, was planned by the city fathers to pay homage to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in World War I. The park was designed … more
This issue of Reflections looks back at the arrival of Wesmark Cinema to Sumter almost a half century ago. This beautiful structure, owned by Carmike Theaters, was located in the Wesmark Plaza Shopping Center; Sumter's second such facility opening … more
Among Sumter's greatest sports achievements were the YMCA Green Dragon swim team and basketball teams. These teams were created and coached by Austin Francis, undoubtedly one of the most successful and creative individuals to work in athletics. The … more
This issue of Reflections features photographs that capture a roof-top perspective of the buildings and streets of Sumter from the seventh floor of Sumter's first skyscraper. This vantage point has been used by numerous photographers to capture a … more
This issue of Reflections features a story written by Nelle C. Wells on one of the most beautiful and enduring architectural treasures constructed in the Southeast. El Recuerdo is the beautiful, historic plantation home located about three and … more
Free education can trace its origin to 1792 when provision was made in the states for the establishment for free schools; however, most states could not bear the cost of such a mandate. Those with the financial resources would send their children to … more
This issue of Reflections focuses on the world's energy crisis that occurred primarily in the major industrial countries during the 1970s. The cost and availability of gasoline had a devastating effect on most Americans during this time. Documents … more
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