Africanism in the Lowcountry and African American Culture

Africanism in the Lowcountry and African American Culture Presented by Donald West. **Donald West requests an additional honorarium or travel reimbursement to the $250 contributed by SC Humanities. This presentation addresses many of the unknown facts about African survivals in American culture. Click here for the Speakers Bureau Application.

Growing up Gullah

Growing up Gullah Presented by Donald Sweeper. **Donald Sweeper requests an additional honorarium to the $250 contributed by SC Humanities. This is a 45-minute one-man show in which Donald Sweeper tells stories shared to him by his ancestors and the elderly people from the community in which he grew up. This performance also includes Gullah … Read more

Robert Smalls “Rising to the Occasion”

Robert Smalls “Rising to the Occasion” Presented by Donald Sweeper. **Donald Sweeper requests an additional honorarium to the $250 contributed by SC Humanities. This is a stage reenactment which is approximately 35 minutes long in which Donald Sweeper portrays Robert Smalls Chautauqua-style, as if the current year is 1895. Donald Sweeper dramatizes the commandeering of … Read more

The Medical University of South Carolina: An Interactive History

The Medical University of South Carolina: An Interactive History Presented by Jacob Steere-Williams. This lecture tells the story of the largest medical school in the south, M.U.S.C., whose 19th century origins played a significant role in the history of Charleston, the U.S. South, and American medical education. The rich history of the medical school touches on … Read more

All Things Southern: The Charleston Renaissance and the Revival of Southern Art

All Things Southern: The Charleston Renaissance and the Revival of Southern Art Presented by Ron Roth. Once celebrated as “the Queen of the South,” Charleston, South Carolina, was left devastated by the Civil War–a faded reflection of its antebellum glory.  For 50 years following the war, the city struggled to overcome economic and cultural stagnation. … Read more

Undaunted Valor: The Beaufort Volunteer Artillery in the Civil War

Undaunted Valor: The Beaufort Volunteer Artillery in the Civil War Presented by Ron Roth. The Beaufort Volunteer Artillery is one of the longest-serving military units in the history of the United States.  Its service includes the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I and World War … Read more

The Entrepreneurial Artist: John James Audubon in the Lowcountry

The Entrepreneurial Artist: John James Audubon in the Lowcountry Presented by Ron Roth. John James Audubon’s Birds of America ranks as one of the greatest achievements in American art. Its groundbreaking format depicting 435 of North America’s known bird species life-size and in habitat captured the imagination of the public and catapulted him into international fame.  This … Read more

Historic South Carolina Ghosts and Legends

Historic South Carolina Ghosts and Legends Presented by Patricia McNeely. Dozens of tales of ghosts and haunted places have found their way into South Carolina’s mainstream media. Many have their origins in the 19th century and most in historic places. Some places have only one or two supernatural stories while others like Charleston, Columbia, Beaufort, … Read more

Henry Timrod: Poet, War Correspondent and Reluctant Soldier

Henry Timrod: Poet, War Correspondent and Reluctant Soldier Presented by Patricia McNeely. Henry Timrod’s stint as a war correspondent for South Carolina’s Charleston Mercury was brief, but the Civil War and his experiences at the battlefront were the inspiration for poems that created his legacy as an important 19th century Southern poet. His poetry, which is usually … Read more