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Rock Hill, SC - (WJZY)- Dr. Edward Lee is making history this summer at Winthrop University. For the first time in the university's history, students will have an opportunity to wade through the  100 plus years of Winthrop's history.

Dr. Lee says the course, Winthrop: From College to University, will begin with the how the university settled in Rock Hill.
"I want to look at where we started, and how Winthrop began in that small building in Columbia, and how the decision was made to come to Rock Hill," Dr. Lee said. "One of our President's said this was one of the best decisions Rock Hill ever made."

Lee says the course will be interactive. With the help of alumni and the Louis Pettis Archives (Winthrop archives), students will have the opportunity to learn a wealth of historical information outside of a textbook. "We'll do an oral history project," said Lee. "Eventually we will get t o the defining moments of Winthrop's history."

Gina White Price, the director of the Winthrop archives, says there are over 6 million items in the Louis Pettis archives. From actual pictures, maps, and even Winthrop's original school uniforms, students will get to see and touch all sorts of memorabilia.
Lee says so far the feedback about the class has been great. "I think its great, it will definitely help students to know a little more about their university," Ian Deas, a junior Biology major said. "Hopefully [the class] will inspire some school pride, and its also good to know the history when you're trying to recruit other students as well."

If you are interested in learning more about Winthrop's history, the class is offered July 14th- August 13th. The course will meet Monday- Thursday from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. on Winthrop's campus in Owens 102. Registration for the class is now open, click here to register.

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