Charleston at 350: The Legacy of Five Founding Decisions

When: Thursday, April 9th 2020, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Where: Main Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street, 29401

Three and a half centuries after the arrival of the first settlers in April 1670, the character of Charleston continues to exhibit the vestiges of several fundamental decisions made in the founding of Charles Town. Join CCPL's historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for a review of five crucial choices that have shaped this community's history from moment of settlement to the present.

 

Hemp In Early South Carolina: A Brief History

When: Wednesday, April 22nd 2020, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Where: Main Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street, 29401

To augment the economy of colonial South Carolina, our provincial government encouraged planters to cultivate hemp (Cannabis sativa) which was needed to make cordage for the maritime industry. The offer of cash incentives spurred local experimentation, but hemp never became an agricultural staple here. Join CCPL's historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for a review of the early evidence of hemp cultivation and rope making in the Lowcountry, and the plant's legacy in the later history of South Carolina.