A Stroll Down Memory Lane

Dr. Wright and Mr. Weeks look over the construction plans for Robinson Hall.
Dr. Wright and Mr. Weeks look over the construction plans for Robinson Hall.

If you’ve heard any Samford news recently, chances are that you know that we are celebrating our 175th anniversary this year. From humble beginnings in Marion, Alabama, the school has had more than a few exciting events in its past, ranging from devastating fires to amazing football games to even a little thing called Step Sing. The festivities are mounting on campus as we begin this week of Homecoming and alumni from all over the nation visit to honor their alma mater’s past and look towards its future.

It is hard not to get caught up in the excitement, especially in a department devoted to the recognition of the past and its influences on our present. So we at the University Historian’s office decided to join in the fun and create a new way for the Samford community to interact with its past. For the last few months, we have been working on a campus tour that celebrates Samford’s past and utilizes some of the oral histories available in the archives. We, along with the Office of Alumni, are happy to announce the debut of the Samford Walking History Tour. Featuring clips from oral
 history interviews and recorded speeches, this interactive tour takes listeners through time, connecting iconic buildings and views on campus with images and voices from our past.  The tour’s nine stops highlight pivotal moments in our history and honor some of the generous individuals that gave of their time and resources to shape the university into what you see before you today.

See and hear the history on campus this Homecoming, like the story behind Samford's student-led football team in 1948.
See and hear the history on campus this Homecoming, like the story behind Samford’s student-led football team in 1948.

If you are making the trek to campus for Homecoming this year, you can download the tour on the iTunes U App or through the Homecoming Guidebook App. Don’t worry about getting lost; directions are included on flyers, and to make it even easier, there are sandwich boards with pertinent information about the site as well as historical pictures. Just plug in your headphones and get started. The tour as a whole runs approximately 45 minutes, but feel free to take your time at any stop you wish.

There’s a great week of Homecoming ahead, and we hope you take advantage of every opportunity to learn more about Samford’s history. Happy Homecoming, and Bow Wow Bulldogs!

Link to Guidebook app: http://www.guidebook.com/g/samfordhc

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