Four Mystery Women of 18th Century Charleston

History books don’t contain many stories about the women of all colors who lived in the Lowcountry in the early days of South Carolina. To help celebrate Women's History Month, CCPL's historian, Dr. Nic Butler, will profile the curious stories of four of the most intriguing "mystery" women of eighteenth-century Charleston—"Free Judy" Ladson, Maria Charleton, Eliza McQueen, and Phoebe Fletcher—and discuss their significance in the big picture of our community's history.

Two performances: 

  • Thursday, March 28th 2019, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m., Main Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street, 29401.
  • Saturday, March 30th 2019, 2 p.m. - 3 p.m., Otranto Road Regional Library, 2261 Otranto Road, 29406.


Connecting Edisto and Charleston: A Transportation History

When: Thursday, April 4th 2019, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Where: Edisto Island Library, 1589 Highway 174, Edisto Island, SC 29438

People and goods have been traveling between Edisto Island and downtown Charleston for more than 300 years, but the routes and modes of transportation have changed in response to the creation of new infrastructure and the emergence of new technologies. Join CCPL's historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for an discussion of the traditional paths and passages--from colonial-era schooners to wagons, steamboats, and automobiles--and how they shaped the Island's prosperity.


The British Army at the Gates of Charleston in 1779

When: Tuesday, April 23rd 2019, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Where: Main Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street, 29401.

During the American Revolution, British soldiers captured Savannah in December 1778 and began sweeping northward across the Lowcountry of South Carolina throughout the early months of 1779. Their appearance at the gates of Charleston that May caused panic and confusion, but a hearty display of American firepower soon convinced the British to withdraw back to Georgia. Join CCPL's historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for a review of the dramatic events of early 1779 and Charleston's narrow escape from surrender.