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John's Island program looks at island history

Whether a John’s Island native or just an occasional visitor to the area, Charleston County Public Library offers insight to a visual history of John's Island through a free screening of the short film John's Island: A Moment in Time, at John’s Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Highway, at 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

Through a combination of research, observation and outreach that began two years ago, members of Kiawah Island Photography Club documented the history of John’s island from its early stages to the present. A project that originated with the goal of producing a visual history evolved into a video with narrative and music, along with a published book of photographs that illustrate the island’s culture, diverse population and topography. Copies of this book were presented to five John's Island public schools and John’s Island Regional Library.

"We have come to know and respect all that is Johns Island and are grateful to have met its people with whom we share so much more than a zip code," said David Elliott, of Kiawah Island Photography Club. "We discovered a place that is unique in so many ways … the kindest, most generous of people, the most interesting history, housing of every type and size, dense swamps and beautiful river vistas. Along the way, we developed a special place in our hearts for the place and its people."

Kiawah Island Photography Club members will discuss the film and the accompanying book after the screening. Proceeds from book sales are donated to the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic on Maybank Highway.