Mule Kick Murders, Black Magic, Sitting Up With The Dead, & An Old Cemetery

Mule Kick Murders, Black Magic, Sitting Up With The Dead, & An Old Cemetery Presented by Tom Poland. Hear how a mule kick killed eight people, how to murder with voodoo, why we used to sit up with the dead, and learn of a haunted French Huguenot Cemetery. Click here for the Speakers Bureau Application.

South Carolina Country Roads

South Carolina Country Roads Presented by Tom Poland. “South Carolina Country Roads” takes readers on a journey down forgotten routes and lesser-traveled byways. Join Tom as he shares photos and discusses what he discovered along the 10,000 miles he drove deliberately avoiding the interstates. Discover the bones of the land, the DNA of real life—rural icons, … Read more

What The Shag Taught Me

What The Shag Taught Me Presented by Tom Poland. Tom wrote Save The Last Dance For Me (USC Press), the story of how the blues evolved into beach music and how the shag evolved to become the state dance of North and South Carolina. What surprised him most while writing the history of the shag and the … Read more

Unforgettable People & Places

Unforgettable People & Places Presented by Tom Poland. Tom shares experiences about the legendary Goat Man, a colonel who turned from war to camellias, a sweet man who ended up homeless, and an unforgettable teacher. Enduring places include adventures at a bus station as a ticket agent, filming a wildlife refuge’s lovely isolation, the smell … Read more

Stories Behind The Photos (Behind the scenes of Reflections of South Carolina, Vol. II and Classic Carolina Road Trips: 100 stunning images in all.)

Stories Behind The Photos (Behind the scenes of Reflections of South Carolina, Vol. II and Classic Carolina Road Trips: 100 stunning images in all.) Presented by Tom Poland. An illustrated talk takes the audience behind the scenes to a haunted cemetery, South Carolina’s oldest bridge, North America’s only tea plantation, a wild ride down the … Read more

How A Road Trip Led To Four SC Books

How A Road Trip Led To Four SC Books Presented by Tom Poland. Before walking out as SC Wildlife‘s managing editor to freelance, Tom made a road trip with photographer Robert Clark in search of a story. They found it and “Tenant Homes, Testament To Hard Times,” landed them a book contract. That book led to … Read more

A Vanishing Southland: The Loss of Ways and Traditions

A Vanishing Southland: The Loss of Ways and Traditions Presented by Tom Poland. Tom often writes about the vanishing ways, places, and traditions that have blessed the South with a sense of place: small towns that close at noon Wednesdays, vanishing country stores, telephoning fish, wasp attacks in church, casting spells to remove warts, and … Read more

Discoveries & Surprises Along South Carolina’s Back Roads

Discoveries & Surprises Along South Carolina’s Back Roads Presented by Tom Poland. Tom travels many a road off the beaten path. Three legs across South Carolina on Highway 76 reveals the state’s rich and surprising character. Other journeys have taken him from the Chattooga River to the Glendale Ruins to the Lowcountry. A surviving drive-in … Read more

The Little Chairs – Helping Young Children Understand Mental Illness

The Little Chairs – Helping Young Children Understand Mental Illness Presented by Kate Salley Palmer. In 1999, Warbranch Press published The Little Chairs, a story based on real life experience in Kate’s family. Kate’s father, a WWII veteran, was chronically depressed and would retreat to a dark corner when he didn’t feel like participating in family … Read more