Connect Camden is a two-part community forum designed to facilitate dialogue around the topics Preserving History in Camden and Camden’s Time, Talents, and Treasures in a safe, structured environment. The City of Camden has organized these free events to improve the perception of historic preservation in the community and to encourage public participation in community cultural events and attractions. SC Humanities supported this program with a Mini Grant in August 2015.
The City of Camden has a rich history with architecture representing a wide range of types, including Colonial, Victorian, Neo-Classical Revival, Greek Revival, Queen Ann, Georgian, and Charleston Style. The Preserving History in Camden forum will feature scholars Joan Inabinet and Mike Bedenbaugh and moderator Chuck Ewart engaging the topic of historic preservation in Camden, including discussing new property tax abatement options. This event will take place October 8, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Robert Mills Courthouse, and it is free and open to the public.
Camden also boasts an impressive roster of high-quality cultural organizations that offer a variety of public programs but that are not necessarily well-recognized in the community. The forum on Camden’s Time, Talents, and Treasures will feature scholar Tray Dunaway, moderator Chuck Ewart, and a panel of representatives from Camden’s arts and cultural organizations who will share about existing cultural events and opportunities in Camden and invite feedback from the public about what they would like to see in the future. The second forum is scheduled for October 15, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at Robert Mills Courthouse and is free and open to the public.
Among the anticipated outcomes of these community conversations is improved experiences for historic property owners and increased participation in community events.
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