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Greenville turned into ‘war machine’ 100 years ago

Photo courtesy of Furman University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives

Paul Hyde of The Greenville News caught up with Furman History Professor Courtney Tollison who is writing a book on Greenville’s involvement in World War I.  Hyde writes the piece on the 100th anniversary of the United States declaration of war on Germany. Much of Tollison’s research centers on Camp Sevier, which trained 100,000 men at a time when Greenville’s entire population was 77,000. With many of the recruits bringing families to Greenville, the camp spurred patriotism, bred whole new industries and businesses, and ignited an economic boom for the region.

Tollison is the curator of the exhibition, “Over Here, Over There: Greenville in the Great War,” on the second floor of the James B. Duke Library at Furman University. The exhibition, continuing through May 31, is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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