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Wofford archivist releases pictorial history of college

091310 Phillip Stone pictorial history book

Phillip Stone’s book includes more than 200 vintage photographs

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – As Wofford College begins its 156th academic year, alumni and friends of the college have an opportunity to get a new perspective on the college’s history.

In a new pictorial history book in the Arcadia Press Campus History Series, Dr. Phillip Stone, archivist of the college and South Carolina Methodism, documents the growth of the student body, the faculty and the physical plant over the years. The book includes more than 200 vintage photographs, all with interesting captions, as well as a copy of the 1858 commencement program and photos of almost every building that has served the campus, including several that no longer are standing.

Stone book 150 wideStone’s book is available at bookstores across South Carolina. Autograph sessions are scheduled at a number of locations across the Upstate: Sept. 21 at Hub City Books; Sept. 25 at the Spartanburg Barnes and Noble location; Oct. 2 at the Spartanburg County Public Libraries Headquarters; and Oct. 30 on the Wofford campus at Homecoming.

The book may also be ordered on-line at and other retail sites, or by calling 888-313-2665.

Stone, 38, is a native of Spartanburg. He edited the campus newspaper and graduated from Wofford in 1994 with Phi Beta Kappa honors. He earned his master’s degree at the University of Georgia and obtained his Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina, specializing in the history of the modern South. He lives in Spartanburg’s historic Hampton Heights neighborhood and serves on the city’s Board of Architectural Design and Historic Review.

“I hope that this book will appeal to Wofford alumni of all generations and help strengthen their connection to the college,” Stone says. “We love our alma mater, and we enjoy sharing stories about the campus community as it has evolved over the decades.”