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.

 

The Rise and Fall of Charleston's Street Cars and Trolleys, 1865-1938

When: Tuesday, May 14th 2019, 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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

For seventy-seven years after the Civil War, the streets of urban Charleston were lined with iron track for a fleet of horse-drawn street cars and then electrified trolleys. The cars and tracks were scrapped in 1938 in favor of "modern" diesel buses, but might might this pre-automobile relic offer a solution to our current transportation woes? Join CCPL’s historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for a look back at the rise and fall of Charleston's lost mass transit system.