Legends and Ghost Stories from the South

Legends and Ghost Stories from the South Presented by John Williams. (Presentation can be tailored to meet the needs of your organization.) The South has a rich tradition of folk literature that draws upon oral tradition and colorful language for its substance. Legends, folk history, songs, foodways, customs, and unique dialects permeate the ghost stories … Read more

Mule Kick Murders, Black Magic, Sitting Up With The Dead, & An Old Cemetery

Mule Kick Murders, Black Magic, Sitting Up With The Dead, & An Old Cemetery Presented by Tom Poland. Hear how a mule kick killed eight people, how to murder with voodoo, why we used to sit up with the dead, and learn of a haunted French Huguenot Cemetery. Click here for the Speakers Bureau Application.

How A Mule Kick Killed Eight People: A True Story

How A Mule Kick Killed Eight People: A True Story Presented by Tom Poland. Tom’s habit of photographing old gas pumps at country stores had him cross paths with the grandson of a man killed for $500—murder for hire. The mayhem that ensued made history, involved Strom Thurmond, and led to eight people’s death, all … Read more

A Comfortable Murder: British Detective Fiction of the Golden Age

A Comfortable Murder: British Detective Fiction of the Golden Age Presented by Margaret J. Oakes. The 1920’s and 30’s were the highlight decades of the British “cozy”: the relatively bloodless type of murder mystery that one can read curled by up by the fireplace with a strong cup of tea. This talk will trace the … 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

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

Lincoln’s Assassination and the Escape of John Wilkes Booth

Lincoln’s Assassination and the Escape of John Wilkes Booth Presented by Patricia McNeely. Even though President Lincoln had premonitions that he was going to be assassinated, he was sitting in the unguarded President’s Box at Ford’s Theatre when he was shot by John Wilkes Booth. Controversy erupted in 1907 when witnesses said that the man … Read more

Lincoln, Sherman and Davis and the Lost Confederate Gold

Lincoln, Sherman and Davis and the Lost Confederate Gold Presented by Patricia McNeely. Sherman’s brilliant campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas ended in political turmoil with public insinuations from President Andrew Johnson’s administration that Confederate President Jefferson Davis had bought his freedom from Sherman with gold from the Confederate treasury.  Sherman was accused by high … Read more