Chaos in the Backcountry: The American Revolution as a Civil War

Chaos in the Backcountry: The American Revolution as a Civil War Presented by Melissa Walker. The American Revolution in the South is the South’s forgotten war, and it was a true civil war. Much of the fighting in the South took place in the southern backcountry, that frontier area 50-200 miles from the coast, and … Read more

Colonial Encounters

Colonial Encounters Presented by Gail Wagner. What happens to people’s diets when two worlds collide? Find out how life changed for the Indians in South Carolina following European exploration and settlement 1520-1730. Why were some crops adopted, and how did the encounter change the Europeans? Click here for the Speakers Bureau Application.

Cherokee Crossings: The Ridge Family and Cultural Change

Cherokee Crossings: The Ridge Family and Cultural Change Presented by Alice Taylor-Colbert. As European colonists struggled to create a new nation in the late 1700s, Cherokee families dealt with intrusions into their territory, adaptation to new trade goods that changed their lifestyles, and shifting gender responsibilities and political power.  Then they faced having to leave … Read more

Cherokee Women—Invincible Spirits

Cherokee Women—Invincible Spirits Presented by Alice Taylor-Colbert. An exploration of the lives of Cherokee women from the time before Europeans arrived in the Americas to the twenty-first century.  Using Cherokee myths, visual images, and artifacts crafted by the hands of Cherokee women, the speaker will weave a story of some of the most powerful women … Read more

South Carolina’s Medical Past

South Carolina’s Medical Past Presented by Jacob Steere-Williams. From its earliest inception as a European settlement, South Carolina has been a hotbed of both infectious disease and for innovative approaches to curbing disease and establishing public health. This lecture focuses on the fascinating history of medicine in South Carolina from the 17th to the 21st centuries. Click … Read more

Public Health and Pandemics in the Atlantic World

Public Health and Pandemics in the Atlantic World Presented by Jacob Steere-Williams. This presentation places in historical context the long history of how pandemics and epidemics of infectious disease have shaped the American history and the history of the Atlantic World. We will highlight the role of transatlantic slavery, the establishment of the plantation economy, … Read more

The Stono Rebellion

The Stono Rebellion Presented by Ron Roth. The Stono Rebellion on September 9, 1739, was the largest slave uprising in North America.  Twenty-one whites and approximately 40 African slaves were killed in this bloody confrontation just twenty miles from Charleston.  This presentation examines the social and political context of the South Carolina Lowcountry’s plantation system and the … Read more

Mary Draper Ingles, Survivor of the Wilderness, 1755

Mary Draper Ingles, Survivor of the Wilderness, 1755 Presented by Caroline McIntyre. Talk about a hiking challenge! How about a 500 mile wilderness trek, without food, fire, or weapons, in early winter and while wearing a summer dress? Captured by a Shawnee war party in the French and Indian War and taken more than 450 … Read more

Music and Politics

Music and Politics Presented by Eric J. Lapin. An in-depth look at the relationship between political structures and musical movements.  Depending upon the interests of the group, this talk can include Beethoven’s Musical Treatment from Napoleon to Hitler, Baroque Music and Absolutism, Mozart and the Enlightenment, Jim Crow and Jazz, or many others. Click here … Read more