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Ask Rufus: 99 years ago airplanes were everywhere

Posted 3/18/2017 in Local Columns

In 1917 the Army began construction of a pilot training base on 533 acres in the prairie four miles north of West Point.

 

Ask Rufus: The Chickasaws and Choctaws, people of culture

Posted 3/11/2017 in Local Columns

Last Sunday at the Mississippi-Alabama Bicentennial program at Mississippi University for Women, Phillip Morgan, a Chickasaw writer/historian, spoke about how the Chickasaws and Choctaws here at the time of statehood were a cultured, civilized people.

 

Ask Rufus: It was exactly 200 years ago

Posted 3/4/2017 in Local Columns

This past Friday marked the 200th anniversary of the separation of the Mississippi Territory into Mississippi and Alabama, and it was 200 years ago this fall that the first house was built on the site that became Columbus.

 

Ask Rufus: The Cotton Plant

Posted 2/26/2017 in Local Columns

A week from today, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 5, there will be a most interesting program open to the public at the Mississippi University for Women titled "Borderline Confusion: Culture and Conflict in the Making of Mississippi and Alabama."

 

Ask Rufus: The Black Prairie of 1835

Posted 2/18/2017 in Local Columns

I have always considered myself to be a child of the prairie.

 

Ask Rufus: A gift from the past

Posted 2/12/2017 in Local Columns

This week, what I grew up calling snowdrops began to bloom.

 

Ask Rufus: Follow the Drinking Gourd, A Pathway to Freedom

Posted 2/4/2017 in Local Columns

Within the narratives of the Underground Railroad as a pathway to freedom for slaves in the antebellum South, one story merges into local history.

 

Ask Rufus: Lafayette and the Sons of the Forest

Posted 1/28/2017 in Local Columns

Back in November, my cousin Chip Billups and I were examining an old glass medallion with a cameo sulfide bust of George Washington.

 

Ask Rufus: The Minister's Duel

Posted 1/14/2017 in Local Columns

It's always surprising how finding an interesting story can lead down a trail to even far more interesting stories.

 

Ask Rufus: The Red Cross: 100 years in the Golden Triangle

Posted 12/31/2016 in Local Columns

Lost in the celebration of Mississippi"s Bicentennial is another time for celebration.

 

Ask Rufus: The Night Before Christmas

Posted 12/24/2016 in Local Columns

The poem "The Night Before Christmas" is an enduring American Christmas tradition, but few know its history or realize its impact on how we celebrate Christmas.

 

Ask Rufus: Williamsburg links

Posted 12/17/2016 in Local Columns

We recently spent four days in Williamsburg, Virginia. It was their Grand Illumination with all of its lights, fireworks and Christmas decorations.

 

Ask Rufus: Walt Disney and Catfish

Posted 12/10/2016 in Local Columns

During the "Golden Age" of Disney animation, the term catfish around Walt Disney Studios did not refer to a fish.

 

Ask Rufus: The Old Elks Club

Posted 12/3/2016 in Local Columns

The Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau recently announced the Elks Club building on Main Street in Columbus was purchased and would become the home of a new children's museum.

 

Ask Rufus: The Rev. Dr. Teasdale's house

Posted 11/19/2016 in Local Columns

One of Columbus' historic homes needs a friend.

 

Ask Rufus: Two veterans

Posted 11/13/2016 in Local Columns

Friday was Veterans Day and one of the few holidays still celebrated primarily with parades and public programs.

 

Ask Rufus: Two heroes

Posted 11/5/2016 in Local Columns

At the close of a divisive political campaign, two very real heroes came to mind last week.

 

Ask Rufus: Haunted landscapes

Posted 10/29/2016 in Local Columns

Mississippi and Alabama are filled with ghost stories.

 

Ask Rufus: Horned serpents, a portal and a witch

Posted 10/22/2016 in Local Columns

Next Friday there will be a Chickasaw Indian Heritage Festival in Tupelo. That event provides the perfect backdrop for an interesting ancient Chickasaw legend. It is the legend of Tibbee Lake, which is between Columbus and West Point.

 

Ask Rufus: The art of history

Posted 10/15/2016 in Local Columns

I recently bought a painting by Josh Meador from a Nevada art dealer. It arrived today and got me thinking about how history and art are intertwined.

 

 

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