Ella Baker: the Midwife of the Civil Rights movement

Ella Baker: the Midwife of the Civil Rights movement Presented by Donald West. **Donald West requests an additional honorarium or travel reimbursement to the $250 contributed by SC Humanities. The social, economic, and political landscape of this country were forever changed by the Civil Rights movement. The men we have come to know and appreciated … Read more

Madam C.J. Walker

Madam C.J. Walker Presented by Donald West. **Donald West requests an additional honorarium or travel reimbursement to the $250 contributed by SC Humanities. Madam C.J. Walker was a businesswoman and activist in the age of Booker T. Washington. This is my story of a self-made millionaire and her impact on black life and culture. Click … Read more

From Plume Street to the Polls: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in South Carolina

From Plume Street to the Polls: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in South Carolina Presented by Melissa Walker. What do a small-town doctor’s wife, a Connecticut-born governor’s wife, an upper-class but down on her luck Charleston stenographer, and the first woman licensed to sell real estate in South Carolina have in common? They fought tirelessly to … 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

From Gone with the Wind to Steel Magnolias: In Search of the Real Southern Woman

From Gone with the Wind to Steel Magnolias: In Search of the Real Southern Woman Presented by Alice Taylor-Colbert. This entertaining presentation, based on the presenter’s research on Southern women, explores the 19th-century myth of “the Southern lady” and its predominance in popular culture then and now in contrast to the realistic qualities of diverse women of the South … 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

The Many Lives of Gertrude Sanford Legendre

The Many Lives of Gertrude Sanford Legendre Presented by Kathryn Smith. Aiken County native and long-time Berkeley County resident Legendre lived a big life.  She was a New York rich girl and debutante, equestrienne and big-game hunter, flapper and party-goer, explorer and naturalist, society bride and socialite, South Carolina plantation owner and hostess, World War … Read more

Missy LeHand Tells All

Missy LeHand Tells All Presented by Kathryn Smith. Marguerite A. LeHand worked for President Roosevelt for more than 20 years as his private secretary, counselor, confidante and friend. In this presentation, Smith wears period costume and speaks with Missy’s Boston accent about her time with FDR. Mid-talk, she removes Missy’s hat, tells “the rest of … Read more

Class, Inheritance and Society: The Economics of Love in Jane Austen

Class, Inheritance and Society: The Economics of Love in Jane Austen Presented by Margaret J. Oakes. Jane Austen is all about numbers: how much per year is someone worth; how many suitors does a woman have; how many possible heirs might someone produce? These questions are not just for her female characters, as who you … Read more