A bit more of LaGrange’s rich history has been successfully chronicled by two of Auburn University’s journalism students.
Auburn University seniors Amy Whittemore and William McLain presented a multi-platform production of selected historic elements of LaGrange. The students, along with their Auburn University Professor, Ric Smith, showcased their semester project on Tuesday evening, Nov. 27th, at the Troup-Harris Regional Library.
Whittemore and McLain are both senior radio-television-film majors at Auburn University and are getting ready for their future careers. Whittemore is completing her class work this semester and will be taking on an internship in the spring. McLain has already completed his internship and is presently working part-time at station WSFA12 which is a subsidiary of NBC. McLain is planning to continue at the station on a full-time basis after he graduates in May.
The student’s presentation was a combination of five different videos that they had worked on during the fall semester. The videos covered historic locations of LaGrange, with interviews with Gail Hunnicutt, Superior Court Judge Allen Keeble, LaGrange artist Guthrie Killebrew, fishing guide and television host Joey Mines, LaGrange Women’s Club Charitable Trust President Martha Thom and Steven Keeth of Charlie Joseph’s. Through these personal interviews and comprehensive filming, Whittemore and McLain successfully archived a bit more of LaGrange’s traditions and historic landmarks that will now be able to be shared with present and future generations.
“We were very impressed with how friendly and helpful the people of LaGrange were to us as we worked on this project,” McLain said.
“We especially had to keep going back to Charlie Joseph’s to continue our research each time we visited LaGrange,” Whittemore said. “We really liked their hot dogs.”
This project was made possible by the collaboration of the Troup County Historical Society, the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and Auburn University. Each semester the university’s department of communications and journalism’s “Chattahoochee Heritage Project” works in a selected county within the region. LaGrange was the focus of this semester’s project.