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Waiting for the Hour: Watch Night and the Emancipation Proclamation

The Gullah Geeche Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission is sponsoring a Corridor-wide celebration of the 155th anniversary of the official day, January 1, 1863, when enslaved people in the Low Country, the Sea Islands and throughout the United States emerged from bondage as a result of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. The Commission is working with leaders and individuals from the faith communities (of all denominations) and other community organizations throughout the Corridor to sponsor Watch Night and/or Emancipation Day Celebrations within churches and communities on the eve of January 1, 2018.  Though Watch Night has continued to be observed in
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Call for Speakers for the Speakers Bureau: Humanities Out Loud program

SC Humanities is issuing a call for speakers to join our Speakers Bureau: Humanities Out Loud program roster. Speakers Bureau: Humanities Out Loud is one of the oldest programs of SC Humanities and one of the most beloved. Through the Speakers Bureau, some of South Carolina’s finest scholars travel throughout the state to share their interests and knowledge of the humanities and to spark discussions about human values, traditions, and cultures. SC Humanities promotes the Speakers Bureau roster to non-profit groups and public agencies, including libraries, museums, schools, and historical societies; these sponsoring organizations must submit a one-page application to
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The Watering Hole Poetry Winter Retreat and Public Programs

The Watering Hole Poetry Organization builds Harlem Renaissance spaces in the new contemporary South by hosting poetry workshops, retreats, and classes for adults and youth. Their annual winter retreat will take place at Hickory Knob State Park in McCormick, SC this December 26-30. The retreat will feature a line up of nationally and internationally renown poets, including MacArthur Genius Terrance Hayes, Palmetto Poetry Series author DeLana R.A. Dameron, National Slam Champion and Hurston-Wright Legacy Awardee Patricia Smith, Spoken Word legend Abiodun Oyewole from The Last Poets, and National Book Award finalist Danez Smith. SC Humanities supported this program with a Fast
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The First Lowcountry Book Club Convention

Presented by the Pat Conroy Literary Center, the first-ever Lowcountry Book Club Convention is an opportunity for book club members–or anyone interested in joining a book club–to meet, mingle, and exchange ideas about fostering and sustaining a community of readers. Free and open to the public, the Lowcountry Book Club Convention will occur on Friday, December 15, 2017 and is presented in partnership with the Technical College of the Lowcountry and the Friends of Beaufort County Library and supported by the Pulpwood Queens book club. SC Humanities sponsored this program with a Fast Track Literary Grant. SCHEDULE OF EVENTS 10:00-11:00 am: Read
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The Boxcar Children Exhibit

The Boxcar Children is an exhibit designed around the popular and beloved Boxcar Children book series, written by Gertrude Chandler Warner and originally published by Rand McNally in 1924. The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville has created this wonderful exhibit as a way to celebrate the books’ 75th anniversary in 2017, in conjunction with a new animated feature film release. The exhibit will open on October 14, 2017. SC Humanities supported this project with a Major Grant. The Boxcar Children book series tells the story of four orphaned children in the late 1920s who create a home for themselves in
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Charleston Lunch and Learn with the SC Arts Commission and SC Humanities

Join the Charleston Association of Grant Professionals (CAGP) for a Lunch and Learn with the SC Arts Commission and SC Humanities on Monday, November 13 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Charleston County Public Library (68 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401). Bring your lunch and join other nonprofit professionals as we explore the topic, “Finding Your Place within the Arts and Humanities Landscape: Connections, Comparisons, and Examples.” The presenters will be: Susan DuPlessis, SC Arts Commission County Coordinator; T.J. Wallace, Assistant Director of SC Humanities; and moderator Cynthia Bledsoe, former Deputy Director at the Charleston County Public Library. Registrations are requested
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War Birds: Diary of an Unknown Aviator

War Birds: Diary of an Unknown Aviator is a 57-minute documentary that tells the story of three young Americans from the South who volunteered as pilots in World War 1: Elliot White Springs of South Carolina, John McGavock Grider of Arkansas, and Lawrence Callahan of Kentucky. The South Carolina Channel will air this documentary as part of the Southern Lens series on Monday, November 6, 2017 at 9:00 p.m. SC Humanities supported this documentary with several Major Grants. After the war, Elliott Springs was hailed as one of America’s leading aces but wanted no part of this glory. Instead, he published what
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Estill Fall Festival – Growing Strong Together

The Town of Estill has reimagined their annual fall festival to include a variety of arts and humanities events. The “Growing Strong Together” festival will take place November 8 – 11, 2017 in the town of Estill in Hampton County. SC Humanities supported this event with a Major Grant in September 2017. Driven by a desire to plan an enriching and fiscally responsible town event, a hard-working committee of citizens, led by Councilwoman Dwanda Bolden and Councilman Charles Savino, has created an interesting line-up of events that make the most of the community’s existing historical, natural, and cultural assets. The
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Humanities Moments

Humanities moments occur daily in the lives of human beings. We access them through stories that reveal our complexities, our aspirations, and our tragic flaws. Whether we reflect on our personal experiences or our national history, it is the humanities moments that are most resonant, most epiphanic, to which we continually return to mark who we are as individuals and as a culture and why. The Humanities Moments Project was created by the National Humanities Center in partnership with the Federation of State Humanities Councils in an effort to gather, store, and share personal accounts about how the humanities illuminate our lives, help us
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Free Verse Festival

The Free Verse Festival is the City of Charleston, SC’s first poetry festival. The mission is to uplift the community by providing eclectic poetry events and workshops at multiple venues in Downtown Charleston and West Ashley. Events will take place throughout the month of October 2017. SC Humanities supported this project with a Fast Track Literary Grant. The Free Verse Festival is the brain child of the newly-appointed Poet Laureate of Charleston, Marcus Amaker. He said wrote in the announcement letter, “Poetry changes people. Everyone walks away with a deeper sense of presence after seeing a poetry performance.” There will
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