The first Columbus Pilgrimage was held 75 years ago on April 14 through 16 in 1940. A Pilgrimage guidebook was published that contained a section called "Historical Highlights" of Columbus.
Most people seem to associate the history of the old homes of Columbus with the Civil War but I think of a much earlier time.
It was 75 years ago that the first Columbus Pilgrimage was held.
Last week I purchased two paintings by Josh Meador, Walt Disney's longtime head of animation effects who called Columbus home.
Last week at a Regional Foundation for Mental Health meeting I heard a most interesting story.
People often ask me not some question about history but where do the ideas for my columns come from.
Whenever I write a column about the Tombigbee and mention bridges, I am almost always asked whether the 1928 bridge at Columbus was really a draw bridge.
It's February and the Tombigbee is filled to its banks with water from recent rains.
In 2008, Columbus celebrated the career and life of the legendary world champion boxer Henry Armstrong, who had been born on Nash Road just north of town.
I have had several people ask me to explain how there came to be both the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians.
Last week saw another bicentennial event with links to Mississippi.
Sometimes it is interesting to see just how much the world has changed over the years but then some things really don't change all that much.
It is the Christmas season and many people will soon be traveling "home" to spend Christmas with family and childhood friends.
I never know what in a column may touch a chord that generates a lot of unexpected interest.
It's December and time for my annual barbecue column.
Next week brings the American Thanksgiving holiday and for most of us a wonderful feast.
"Since time memorial the Choctaw Indians have lived in Mississippi, and have made baskets of the reed cane which grows in the swamps of the south." So begins a ca. 1920 letter from Mrs. J.E. Arnold, a Baptist missionary to the Choctaw in Union.
It is a simple marble military headstone in a sea of more than a thousand white marble military headstones. It is not a soldier, though, who is buried there.
I recall years ago that Greenpeace had a T-shirt out with a dinosaur pictured on it. The text around the dinosaur said, "Extinct means forever."
With all the ghost stories around it is surprising that there are not more ghostly tales about the Tombigbee River.
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