On July 1, 1865, one hundred and fifty years ago, Thomas Clemson arrived in Pendleton, South Carolina after serving in the Nitre and Mining Bureau, Trans-Mississippi Department of the Confederate army for over two years. It was also his 58th birthday.
Clemson’s return to South Carolina after the Civil War is one of the significant events in “The Founding of Clemson University: A Confluence of People, Ideas, Time and Place,” a new exhibit in the Special Collections Library exhibit area that opens on July 1, 2015. The exhibit looks at the people, ideas, events and place which led to the creation of a land grant college in the upstate of South Carolina in the late 19th century. It’s a story of circumstances, perseverance, tragedy, politics, exclusion and compromise which reflects the complicated times in which it occurred.
“The Founding of Clemson University” covers over 100 years of history and incorporates primary source materials from the Special Collections Library, including material from the Thomas Clemson Papers, Benjamin Ryan Tillman Papers and Richard Wright Simpson Papers. It will be on display through April 2017.