The Cherokee Trail of Tears

The Cherokee Trail of Tears Presented by Alice Taylor-Colbert. The Cherokee Trail of Tears story is one of political discord and ensuing tragedy as Cherokees faced removal from their homeland in the 1830s.  However, the story begins with wars between South Carolina and the Cherokee Lower Towns in the 1700s.  By examining the viewpoints of … Read more

Indian Gardens

Indian Gardens Presented by Gail Wagner. You might be surprised to learn that corn, beans, and squash were not always important and that eastern North American Indians once depended on the now-extinct crops of marshelder, goosefoot, and maygrass. Learn about Indian gardens through time, find out how plants were domesticated, and discover the role of … Read more

Use of Plants by American Indians

Use of Plants by American Indians Presented by Gail Wagner. This slide show focuses on the uses of plants by Indians for food, drink, medicine, fiber, smoking, construction, and even poison and is based on both archaeological evidence and historic accounts. The show can also be combined with a 1-2 hour outside walk and talk … Read more

Colonial Encounters

Colonial Encounters Presented by Gail Wagner. What happens to people’s diets when two worlds collide? Find out how life changed for the Indians in South Carolina following European exploration and settlement 1520-1730. Why were some crops adopted, and how did the encounter change the Europeans? Click here for the Speakers Bureau Application.

Cofitachequi: A Chiefdom

Cofitachequi: A Chiefdom Presented by Gail Wagner. What is a chiefdom, the type of society encountered by de Soto when he visited South Carolina in 1540? Find out what recent digs have revealed about the late prehistoric Indians who lived in central South Carolina, in the vicinity of Camden. Click here for the Speakers Bureau … Read more

Cherokee Crossings: The Ridge Family and Cultural Change

Cherokee Crossings: The Ridge Family and Cultural Change Presented by Alice Taylor-Colbert. As European colonists struggled to create a new nation in the late 1700s, Cherokee families dealt with intrusions into their territory, adaptation to new trade goods that changed their lifestyles, and shifting gender responsibilities and political power.  Then they faced having to leave … Read more

Cherokee Women—Invincible Spirits

Cherokee Women—Invincible Spirits Presented by Alice Taylor-Colbert. An exploration of the lives of Cherokee women from the time before Europeans arrived in the Americas to the twenty-first century.  Using Cherokee myths, visual images, and artifacts crafted by the hands of Cherokee women, the speaker will weave a story of some of the most powerful women … Read more

Helping Teach South Carolina History With Picture Books

Helping Teach South Carolina History With Picture Books Presented by Kate Salley Palmer. Kate has written four picture books about our state’s history: Palmetto – Symbol of Courage, about the famous Revolutionary War battle that inspired the color and symbols on our beautiful state flag; Francis Marion and the Legend of the Swamp Fox, the story of … Read more

Mary Draper Ingles, Survivor of the Wilderness, 1755

Mary Draper Ingles, Survivor of the Wilderness, 1755 Presented by Caroline McIntyre. Talk about a hiking challenge! How about a 500 mile wilderness trek, without food, fire, or weapons, in early winter and while wearing a summer dress? Captured by a Shawnee war party in the French and Indian War and taken more than 450 … Read more