Sunday at the Bluff

September 12 at 2 o’clock

Plymouth Bluff Center

2200 Old West Point Road

Columbus

“The Tombigbee River and Its Place in Local History”

Rufus Ward

Recovering attorney and local historian

The presentation will be an overview of the history of the Tombigbee River and its impact on the settlement and development of west Alabama and northeast Mississippi. The role of steamboats in the cultural and commercial life of the region will be explored along with stories of river disasters. Copies of Rufus’ new book, The Tombigbee River Steamboats, Rollodores, Dead Heads, and Side-Wheelers (recently published by The History Press of Charleston, SC), will be available for purchase.

Rufus has been active in the fields of history and historic preservation for more than thirty-five years and currently divides his time between lectures on history-related topics and consulting on cultural projects. He also writes a weekly history column for the Columbus Commercial Dispatch and teaches a class on the use of 19th Century legal records in archival research for the Life Enrichment Program sponsored by the MUW Dept. of Continuing Education.

Rufus has been a contributing author for two other books and has published numerous journal and magazine articles on southern history. He is an advisor emeritus to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Rufus received BA and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Mississippi and now resides in West Point with his wife Karen and bird dog Eliza Faye.

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 Sunday at the Bluff programs are sponsored by the Mississippi University for Women Plymouth Bluff Center and are open to the public at no charge.  Call 662-241-6214 for information.

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