The Discovery Educational Outreach Series in Dorchester County

Dorchester Heritage Center will present monthly lectures on a variety of historical and cultural topics relevant to Dorchester County in 2023. The “Discovery Educational Outreach Series” will be led by local scholars, historians, and presenters at venues around Dorchester County to increase attendees’ awareness and knowledge of Dorchester County history and increase the community’s awareness of the Dorchester Heritage Center as a venue and resource. Programs are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month. SC Humanities supported this programming with a Major Grant.

The goal of the “Discovery Educational Outreach Series” is to bring history and the humanities to the public of Dorchester County. Project Director LaClaire Mizell said, “While visitors can currently visit the museum to interact with the Dorchester Heritage Center’s (DHC) extensive humanities collection, the Discovery Educational Outreach Series will allow DHC to interact with the community beyond the Center’s four walls. Using humanities as its base, this series will allow the public participation and dialogue through lectures, presentations, and experiential learning at numerous historic and culturally significant locations throughout Dorchester County and the surrounding areas.”

Upcoming programs include:

Thursday, January 12, 5:00 p.m.
Ron McCall speaking on “Revolutionary War in Dorchester County”
Del Webb Retirement Community in Summerville
(Not open to the public)

Thursday, February 9, 6:00 p.m.
Dr. Pernessa Seele speaking about “The Inland Lowcountry’s African American History: Lincolnville”
In the years following the Civil War, freedmen built settlement communities. In celebration of Black History Month, we invite you to join us in an exploration and appreciation of the history of Lincolnville.
Location: Ridgeville Community Center, 105 School Street, Ridgeville, SC
To learn more or RSVP:
Questions: 864-556-3344 (Leah Applewhite)

Thursday, March 9, 6:00 p.m.
Doug Bostick speaking on “The 250th Anniversary of the Revolutionary War”
Location: Cambria Hotel in Summerville, 405 Sigma Dr, Summerville, SC 29486
Learn more or RSVP:
Questions: 864-556-3344 (Leah Applewhite)

Thursday, April 13, 6:00 p.m.
Noah Letter will lead a an archaeology walk at Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site
Location: Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, 300 State Park Rd, Summerville, SC 29485
Learn more or RSVP:
Questions: 864-556-3344 (Leah Applewhite)

Thursday, May 11, 6:00 p.m.
Koger House Architectural Tour
Location: Koger-Murray-Carroll House, 123 Sandy Branch Road, St. George, SC 29477
Learn more or RSVP:
Questions: 864-556-3344 (Leah Applewhite)

Thursday, June 8, 6:00 p.m.
Joseph McGill will speak about his organization, The Slave Dwelling Project
Location: Lincolnville Community Center, 141 W Broad Street Lincolnville, SC 29485
Learn more or RSVP:
Questions: 864-556-3344 (Leah Applewhite)

Thursday, July 13, 6:00 p.m.
Rudd Smith will be speaking about the “Golden Age of Summerville”
Location: the Woodlands in Summerville, 125 Parsons Road, Summerville, SC 29483
Questions: 864-556-3344 (Leah Applewhite)

Thursday, August 10, 6:00 p.m.
“An Evening with Martha Zierden”
Martha Zierden of The Charleston Museum will speak on her Dorchester county archeological finds
Location: Summerville Chamber of Commerce, 402 N Main St, Summerville, SC 29483
Questions: 864-556-3344 (Leah Applewhite)

Thursday, September 14, 6:00 p.m.
Brockington Artifact Roadshow with Jeff Sherard                                                                                                                        Learn more or RSVP:                                                                                                                              Location: Summerville Chamber of Commerce, 402 N Main St, Summerville, SC 29483                                      Questions: 864-556-3344 (Leah Applewhite)

Thursday, October 12, 6:00 p.m.
Rudd Smith presenting on “The Golden Age of Summerville”
Location: Elizabeth Arden House, 208 Sumter Ave, Summerville, SC 29483
Questions: 864-556-3344 (Leah Applewhite)

Thursday, November 9, 6:00 p.m.
Edisto Nachez-Kusso Cultural Discussion with Chief Creel
Location: The Ponds, Summerville, SC                                                                                                                                              Learn more or RSVP:                                                                                                      Questions: 864-556-3344 (Leah Applewhite)

More dates and programs will be added as details are confirmed.

The Dorchester Heritage Center was chartered in March 2014 and moved into the Historic Dorchester County Courthouse in May 2015. Its mission is to discover, preserve, and promote the history of the Inland Lowcountry by weaving the stories of our people, land, and culture into the fabric of daily life and future growth. Learn more about the Dorchester Heritage Center:

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 20-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation and individual donors. The National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy demands wisdom.