A public launch event for the website Between the Waters will take place on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. at Coastal Carolina University. Between the Waters is an interactive website that showcases the cultural history of Hobcaw Barony, a 16,000 acre historical site in Georgetown County. The project is a multi-year collaborative effort between SCETV, the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, and the Georgetown County Digital Library that received support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and South Carolina Humanities.
The Between the Waters website gives visitors the opportunity to have a virtual tour of Hobcaw Barony, including the slave dwellings, grand houses, roads, and rice canals. The website includes videos, photographs, and oral histories from former residents and relatives, among other features.
The launch of the website will be promoted at several special events in September, including the main launch at Coastal Carolina University on September 12, which is free and open to the public. Members of the Between the Waters team will also present at the Slave Dwelling Conference in Columbia on September 20 and at the Avery Research Center in Charleston on September 21.
The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 22-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.
Image: Friendfield Church, 1944; Courtesy of the Library of Congress