Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker Presented by Donald West. **Donald West requests an additional honorarium or travel reimbursement to the $250 contributed by SC Humanities. Madam C.J. Walker was a businesswoman and activist in the age of Booker T. Washington. This is my story of a self-made millionaire and her impact on black life and culture. Click … Read more

Running with Bulls and The Sun Also Rises

Running with Bulls and The Sun Also Rises Presented by Deno Trakas. The key scenes in the novel that launched Hemingway’s career take place in Pamplona, Spain, which is world famous for the running of the bulls every morning of the week-long Fiesta of San Fermin. As a devoted fan who had taught The Sun Also Rises for twenty … 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

Celebrating Carl Sandburg: Hands on Poetry Experience

Celebrating Carl Sandburg: Hands on Poetry Experience Presented by Kimberly Simms.  (K-8)This workshop weaves together history and poetry to explore Southern themes through the poetry of Carl Sandburg. After introducing Carl Sandburg, Kimberly Simms will lead the group in a poetry writing AND/OR theater activity inspired by Carl Sandburg’s poetry. This experience can be tailored … Read more