Silas Butts: The Legacy of a Moonshiner

Silas Butts: The Legacy of a Moonshiner Presented by Nicholas Gambrell. This lecture looks at the interesting concept of history vs. memory using the microhistory of one man’s legacy. Silas Butts was a moonshiner in Oconee County who also ran a grist mill and an unofficial orphanage. But people remember him differently- either as a … Read more

Trotting Sally: The Roots and Legacy of a Folk Hero

Trotting Sally: The Roots and Legacy of a Folk Hero Presented by John Fowler. **John Fowler requests an additional honorarium to the $250 contributed by SC Humanities. This lecture is based on one of South Carolina’s premiere folk legends. John blends his powerful storytelling and traditional musical talents to share the interesting life-story of one … Read more

Edith Russell, Titanic Survivor

Edith Russell, Titanic Survivor Presented by Debra Conner. Edith Russell, Titanic survivor.  Fashion designer and journalist, flamboyant Edith Russell, loved the limelight.  As a first-class passenger on the doomed ship, she required a first-class cabin for herself and a first-class cabin for her clothing.  Her vivid, first-hand accounts of the sinking are spellbinding. Click here … Read more

Margaret Mitchell, Author of Gone With the Wind

Margaret Mitchell, Author of Gone With the Wind Presented by Debra Conner. Margaret Mitchell was the author of Gone With the Wind, a book that has influenced the way Americans view the Civil War.  Mitchell was a reluctant celebrity and a brilliant storyteller.  Few people know that her gifts to Atlanta’s historically black college, Morehouse, still … Read more

Emily Dickinson, Legendary Reclusive Poet

Emily Dickinson, Legendary Reclusive Poet Presented by Debra Conner. Emily Dickinson is the legendary reclusive poet from Amherst, Massachusetts.  Although virtually unknown during her lifetime, Dickinson is now considered one of the greatest poets who ever lived.  Her path to publication and her wit will surprise.  Prepare to be entertained by her views on everything … Read more