Discovering Our Roots: Historic Lincolnville’s Genealogy Symposium

The Lincolnville Preservation and Historical Society will present “Discovering Our Roots: Historic Lincolnville’s Genealogy Symposium” on Saturday, April 6, 2024, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., at the Charles Ross Municipal Building in Lincolnville. The event will celebrate African American ancestry and explore cultural heritage. SC Humanities supported this program with a Mini Grant.

Interactive presentations and workshops at the Symposium will include “African American Genealogy Research,” “Finding Your Ancestors Through the Freedmen’s Bureau,” and “Navigating Charleston County Historic Property Records.” Noted Gullah scholar Victoria Smalls will present about the importance of genealogy research.

The symposium will be free and open to the public; however, attendees are strongly encouraged to register. Registration is available HERE: Participants should bring a laptop or iPad. Light snacks will be provided.

The Project Director Dr. Pernessa Seele said, “The project endeavors to engage participants in meaningful genealogical explorations, emphasizing how the humanities preserve and unravel cultural narratives. By delving into family history complexities, the symposium aims to enrich community appreciation for the humaniteis as tools for self-discovery and collective understanding.”

The “Discovering Our Roots” symposium will take place at the Charles Ross Municipal Building, located at 141 W. Broad Street, Lincolnville, SC from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The Lincolnville Preservation and Historical Society enriches and preserves the cultural heritage and intangible attributes of Lincolnville, one of the oldest African American towns in the State of South Carolina founded in 1867 and incorporated in 1889. Working together, we offer community development activities designed to improve the health, economic and social determinants of residents living today in Lincolnville. Learn more:

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 Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and 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. South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors. The National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.

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