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Ask Rufus: Three Houses

Posted less than 6 hours ago in Local Columns

My plan for today's column was to put together a walking tour of a historic area on the north side of Main Street in Columbus.

 

Ask Rufus: Easter Dinner

Posted 4/15/2017 in Local Columns

Most Christians today will celebrate Easter enjoying a traditional meal that is also one of the year's most important family gathering times.

 

Ask Rufus: The Voyage of the Gopher

Posted 4/8/2017 in Local Columns

Two years ago, I wrote a column about famed archaeologist Clarence Bloomfield Moore's expeditions up the Tombigbee and Black Warrior rivers between 1900 and 1906.

 

Ask Rufus: A Sunday stroll of historic homes

Posted 4/1/2017 in Local Columns

Today there are seven different homes and two Churches open on three different tours for the Columbus pilgrimage.

 

Ask Rufus: Columbus in 1822

Posted 3/26/2017 in Local Columns

I was talking the other day with Carolyn Kaye about the book on the history of Columbus that she, her late husband Sam Kaye and I had written in 1992 and how much more information we had uncovered since then.

 

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.

 

 

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