Thanksgiving in Early Charleston

November 22, 2017
It’s Thanksgiving season again, and for most people that means a day of rest, relaxation, and feasting with close friends and family. As a historian…

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Barbados and the Roots of Carolina, Part 1

November 16, 2017
If you pick up any book about the origins of South Carolina in the late 1600s, you’ll be sure to find references to the island…

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Captain Anson and the Spanish Entourage

November 10, 2017
Recently I had the pleasure of meeting a descendant of Captain George Anson, the former local celebrity whose name is permanently affixed to Charleston’s first…

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A Brief History of the High and Low Battery Seawalls, Part 2

November 2, 2017
Welcome to the Charleston Time Machine. I’m Nic Butler, historian at the Charleston County Public Library, and today’s program is Part 2 of a brief…

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A Brief History of the High and Low Battery Seawalls, Part 1

October 26, 2017
In Charleston parlance, “the Battery” is the common name for what is actually a pair of man-made seawalls that define the southern tip of the…

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ShakeOut 2017

October 19, 2017
It’s time for our annual ShakeOut!  No, I’m not talking about some retro-themed dance contest, I’m talking about the Great Southeast ShakeOut of 2017, which is sponsored by the Federal…

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A Short History of Philadelphia Alley

October 13, 2017
Philadelphia Alley is not the shortest or narrowest thoroughfare in the city of Charleston, but it is sufficiently small to escape the attention of many…

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Dutch Town

October 6, 2017
“Dutch Town” was a short-lived phenomenon that may have been Charleston’s first ethnic neighborhood.  It emerged in the late 1750s and its growth was fueled…

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Governor’s Bridge and the Sinkhole of 2017

September 29, 2017
One of the most dramatic local effects wrought by the recent passing of Hurricane Irma was the opening of a large sinkhole on East Bay Street.…

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Mr. Duncan’s Trees

September 15, 2017
I’d like to share with you a little mystery that I’ve been trying to solve recently.  Late one evening in early May 1822, a group…

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