On 4 September 2012, Rodger Stroup, Ph.D., spoke to the St. Andrews Rotary Club in Columbia about the history of steam locomotives in the Midlands and elsewhere in South Carolina, and especially their close link to the granite quarries extending from the Winnsboro area to the Piedmont.
Dr. Stroup is a native of St. Louis, MO. He grew up in Charlotte, NC and graduated with a B.A. degree in history from Wofford College in 1968. After serving as a 1st Lt. in the Army from 1968-1970, Dr. Stroup received an M.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1972 and his Ph.D. in 1980 where he studied Southern and South Carolina History. Thereafter, Dr. Stroup served as the Director/ Curator of the Historic Columbia Foundation, 1974-1979.
Later, Dr. Stroup served in 1979-1997 as the first curator of history for the South Carolina State Museum. Initially he served as the museum’s first curator of history responsible for collecting, researching, and development of exhibits for the opening of the museum in 1988. From 1989-1997 Dr. Stroup served as deputy director responsible for all collections-related activities.
Later Dr. Stroup worked with the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1997-2009, where he was responsible for all aspects of the operation of the State Archives and serves as State Historic Preservation Officer.
Dr. Stroup is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and numerous professional organizations, and has served on a variety of state and community boards including the Heritage Trust Advisory Board of the Department of Natural Resources, the Old Exchange Commission, and the Drayton Hall Advisory Council. He is the past chairman of the South Carolina Archives & History Foundation and is the immediate past president of the Rotary Club of Columbia, South Carolina’s largest Rotary Club.
Since retiring in August 2009, Dr. Stroup remains active in several history organizations, including serving as a member of the board of directors for the International African American Museum being developed in Charleston, volunteers at the South Carolina State Museum and the Historic Columbia Foundation, serves as the representative of the American Association for State and Local History on the National Historical Publications and Records Commission and currently is the curator of the South Carolina Railroad Museum, the superintendent of railroad operations and a certified conductor on the museum’s railroad, the Rockton, Rion & Western Railroad. For more information on the SC Railroad Museum and upcoming steam train ride dates, go to www.SCRM.org