The Roaring Twenties

The Roaring Twenties Presented by Kathryn Smith. The Roaring Twenties lives large in our imaginations: flappers, jazz, bathtub gin, gangsters — the 1920s were all that. But the 20s was also a time of tremendous prosperity for some and abject poverty for others, especially in the rural South. For the rising middle class, there were … Read more

How Shirley Temple Saved America

How Shirley Temple Saved America Presented by Kathryn Smith. The little actress was the nation’s top box office draw during the worst years of the Great Depression and helped Americans forget their troubles as she sang and danced away the troubles of the characters she played. She worked through her childhood, while her parents spent … Read more

Baptists and Bootleggers: Prohibition in the South

Baptists and Bootleggers: Prohibition in the South Presented by Kathryn Smith. Many years before the production and sale of alcohol was banned in the United States by the Eighteenth Amendment, the forces of temperance waged political warfare with the purveyors of alcohol. Most Southern states went dry long before the rest of the country did, … Read more

How FDR Vanquished Polio

How FDR Vanquished Polio Presented by Kathryn Smith. Few Americans remember that FDR, besides leading our country through the Great Depression and World War II, was also the founder of the National Foundation of Infantile Paralysis, better known as the March of Dimes. This charity fought the terrible scourge of polio with both assistance to … Read more

The Marriage of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt

The Marriage of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Presented by Kathryn Smith. One of the first true “power couples,” the Roosevelts were leaders of tremendous influence in the twentieth century, leading America for 12 tumultuous years, from 1933 to 1945. Eleanor Roosevelt is usually credited with creating the role of the modern First Lady. However, their … Read more

The Many Lives of Gertrude Sanford Legendre

The Many Lives of Gertrude Sanford Legendre Presented by Kathryn Smith. Aiken County native and long-time Berkeley County resident Legendre lived a big life.  She was a New York rich girl and debutante, equestrienne and big-game hunter, flapper and party-goer, explorer and naturalist, society bride and socialite, South Carolina plantation owner and hostess, World War … Read more

Missy LeHand Tells All

Missy LeHand Tells All Presented by Kathryn Smith. Marguerite A. LeHand worked for President Roosevelt for more than 20 years as his private secretary, counselor, confidante and friend. In this presentation, Smith wears period costume and speaks with Missy’s Boston accent about her time with FDR. Mid-talk, she removes Missy’s hat, tells “the rest of … Read more