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: febdiscoveryseriesDHC.eventbrite.com
Questions: 864-556-3344 (Leah Applewhite)

Thursday, March 9
Doug Bostick speaking on “The 250th Anniversary of the Revolutionary War”
Location TBD

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: https://www.dhc-sc.com/.

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.