Humanities Festival

Every year, The Humanities CouncilSC sponsors the Humanities Festival in a community in South Carolina. Started in 1993 in honor of the Council’s 20th Anniversary, the Humanities Festival has been held in seventeen different South Carolina cities. Each festival celebrates the local history and culture of the host community, engaging the citizens in lectures, discussions, films, and exhibits and facilitating partnerships between cultural organizations and community groups. Will your city be next?

2015 South Carolina Humanities Festival
April 30–May 3, 2015
Camden, SC

The 2015 South Carolina Humanities Festival will take place in the host city of Camden, SC on April 30 – May 2, 2015. The festival sponsor is the National Steeplechase Museum in Camden. A delightful schedule of events is planned that includes: a non-profit workshop track, a presentation about the history of Kershaw County, a bus tour of historic and sacred sites, a farmer’s market, a derby party, and much more!

National Steeplechase Museum


Some events are ticketed and require pre-registration. For more information or to register, contact the National Steeplechase Museum at 803-432-6513.

clock tower dusk with logo

A sampling of events planned

Thursday, April 30
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Public Speaking for Non-Profit Executives
Presented by Buckley School of Public Speaking faculty member Jana Daley
Robert Mills Court House / Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce
607 Broad Street
TICKETED EVENT. Included in Basic Registration
Space is limited.  Please register early

Friday, May 1
10:00am – 4:00 pm
National Steeplechase Museum & Gift Shop
200 Knights Hill Rd, Camden
Visit the only museum in the United States dedicated to telling the story of steeplechasing through film, photography, memorabilia, and interactive exhibits

Friday, May 1CamdenSC-3
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Guided Bus Tour of Horse Country and Historic & Sacred Sites
TICKETED EVENT. Please register early

Depart NSM for stops at
*Camden Training Center * Fox Hunting & Riding Trails *Private Horse Barns * SC Equine Park * Swift Creek Church * Old Quaker Burying Ground * Beth El Cemetery * Cedar Cemetery   * Bethesda Presbyterian Church*Historic Homes
Tour Includes Lunch on the Mill Pond at Noon in Historic Boykin, SC

Saturday, May 2
7:30am – 5:00pm

Nationwide Celebration of Books and Independent Bookstores
Books on Broad, 944 Broad Street

Readings, book signings and conversation with

  • Kathryn Lovett, our local poet, author and literary award-winner
  • Tom Poland – Southern author and magazine contributor
  • Sam Morton – Columbia author

Learn more!

Saturday, May 2
 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Camden Archives & Museum-100th Anniversary of Camden’s Carnegie Library
1314 Broad Street
“ The Best Gun Collection in the South” – meet and chat with collector Ross Beard
The Little Brown Dog: The Boykin Spaniel Story – let South Carolina’s State Dog be your guide
Reconciliation Sculpture Garden and conversation with sculptress Maria Kirby-Smith- garden features statues of
Baseball Hall of Famer, Larry Doby, the first African American baseball player to integrate into the American League; and Jewish financier and philanthropist, Bernard Baruch, a Camden native, served as an advisor for United States’ Presidents.

Saturday, May 2
5:00 pm – 7:00
Derby Party – Who will win this year’s Kentucky Derby?
Salud’s Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Lounge
TenEleven Galleria
1011 Broad Street
Catch the thrill live by joining locals view the race on the big screen
Light complimentary fare with cash bar.


National Steeplechase Museum

Host Hotels

Comfort Inn & Suites
220 Wall Street, Camden, SC 29020
King: $89 + tax per room/night
Double: $99 + tax per room/night
Mention “SC Humanities Fesitval” when making your reservations. Organization group rate is available until April 15.

Bloomsbury Inn
1707 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020
Room rates: $185-$175 per night, all inclusive (afternoon social, room, breakfast & all taxes)
Please mention the group name “SC Humanities Festival” when making your reservation

Previous Humanities Festival hosts

2014 – Walterboro
2013 – Summerville
2011 – Sumter
2010 – Chester
2009 – Bennettsville
2008 – Lake City
2007 – Newberry
2006 – Georgetown
2005 – Greenville
2004 – Winnsboro
2003 – Spartanburg
2002 – Pendleton
2001 – Florence
2000 – Beaufort
1999 – Aiken
1997 – Greenwood
1996 – Hartsville
1995 – Beaufort
1994 – Beaufort
1993 – Beaufort

Previous Humanities Festivals

2011 SC Humanities Festival – Sumter – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | pdf file

2013 SC Humanities Festival – Summerville – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | Word document

2014 SC Humanities Festival – Walterboro – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

For more information about the South Carolina Humanities Festival, please contact us.