Edgar Allan Poe in South Carolina

Edgar Allan Poe in South Carolina Presented by Patricia McNeely. Edgar Allan Poe was stationed at Fort Moultrie in 1827 and 1828 under the assumed name of Edgar Perry. While there, Poe was gathering material for the first detective stories in the English language, including The Goldbug, which was set on Sullivan’s Island. He also … Read more

Water as Vehicle and Healing in Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust

Water as Vehicle and Healing in Julie Dash’s Daughters of the Dust Presented by Len Lawson. The 1991 film Daughters of the Dust was the first to portray the Gullah culture on film to a national audience from St. Helena Island in South Carolina. Water in the film takes on the symbol of flight, migration, and separation … Read more

Gamechanger: The Life and Writing of Julia Mood Peterkin

Gamechanger: The Life and Writing of Julia Mood Peterkin Presented by Ann-Chadwell Humphries. Julia Peterkin was a white woman who wrote about Gullah people living on her family’s plantation out of a desire to honor and preserve their culture. She was shunned by white Southerners for “betraying her race” but became accepted by Harlem Renaissance … Read more

Who Knew? Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman in South Carolina during The Civil War

Who Knew? Clara Barton and Harriet Tubman in South Carolina during The Civil War Presented by Ann-Chadwell Humphries. In 1863, both women were in South Carolina’s Lowcountry—Barton provided supplies and medical care for Union and Confederate soldiers at the Battle of Fort Waggoner with Massachusetts’s 54th Regiment. Tubman, a formerly enslaved woman, ran reconnaissance and … Read more

Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy

Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy Presented by Jonathan Haupt. “Writers of the world, if you’ve got a story, I want to hear it. I promise it will follow me to my last breath.”—Pat Conroy.Although beloved writer Pat Conroy (1945-2016) served as a classroom educator for little more than three years, he remained … Read more

Pat Conroy as Lifelong Learner

Pat Conroy as Lifelong Learner Presented by Jonathan Haupt. “Open yourself up to all experience. Let life pour through you the way light pours through leaves.”—Pat ConroyThe author of The Prince of Tides, The Great Santini, and The Water Is Wide, author and educator Pat Conroy (1945–2016) is synonymous with the lowcountry. Explore Conroy’s lifelong commitment to … Read more

Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Poetry

Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Poetry Presented by Jonathan Haupt. “The poets of the world occupy a place of high honor in my city of books.”—Pat Conroy.Best known as a beloved novelist and memoirist, internationally acclaimed author Pat Conroy (1945-2016) began his writing life wanting to be a poet. Over time, Conroy transitioned successfully to … Read more

“I Was Born to Be in a Library”: Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Libraries

“I Was Born to Be in a Library”: Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Libraries Presented by Jonathan Haupt. “A library could show you everything if you knew where to look.”—Pat Conroy.This one-hour presentation on best-selling author Pat Conroy’s lifelong love of books and libraries focuses on the roles public libraries, school libraries, and Pat’s own … Read more

Pat Conroy’s Reverence for Teaching

Pat Conroy’s Reverence for Teaching Presented by Jonathan Haupt. “The great teachers of the world fill you up with hope and shower you with a thousand reasons to embrace all aspects of life.”—Pat Conroy.This presentation explores best-selling author Pat Conroy’s transformational years as a student at Beaufort High School and later as a teacher at … Read more