Charleston Slavery to African Freedom: Two Amazing True Stories

April 14, 2017

Boston King and John Kizell may not be familiar names in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, but these two men lived heroic lives that deserve to be remembered.  Both King and Kizell escaped slavery in the Charleston area during the American Revol...

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A Woman’s Progress in Early South Carolina, Part 1

A Woman’s Progress in Early South Carolina, Part 1

April 7, 2017

This week we’re traveling back in Lowcountry history to talk about women. Every March we celebrate women’s history month, and in the past I’ve presented some programs on various aspects of this topic around the community. Rather than profiling the...

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The Language of Libations

The Language of Libations

March 31, 2017

Today we’re going to travel back in Lowcountry history in search of something to drink. Time travel can make a body thirsty, you know. Let’s imagine that we’re traveling back to colonial South Carolina, that is, sometime between the arrival of the...

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John Laurens and Hamilton: A Closer Look, Part 3

John Laurens and Hamilton: A Closer Look, Part 3

March 23, 2017

Today we’re going to conclude the story of John Laurens, a Charleston native who’s one of the principal characters in Act One of the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton. In our last episode, we picked up with John Laurens at the Battle of Monmouth ...

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John Laurens and Hamilton: A Closer Look, Part 2

John Laurens and Hamilton: A Closer Look, Part 2

March 16, 2017

Today we’re going to continue with the story of John Laurens, a Charleston native who’s one of the principal characters in Act One of the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton. In our last episode, we began with Ron Chernow’s award-winning biography ...

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John Laurens and Hamilton: A Closer Look, Part 1

John Laurens and Hamilton: A Closer Look, Part 1

March 8, 2017

Welcome to the Charleston Time Machine. I’m Nic Butler, historian at the Charleston County Public Library, and today we’re going begin our conversation in the present with a brief look at the hit Broadway musical, Hamilton, and the best-sellin...

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Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Lowcountry Rice

Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Lowcountry Rice

March 2, 2017

If you’re a relative newcomer to this part of the world, you might wonder why Lowcountry natives spend so much time talking about rice and its relationship to the history of South Carolina. The great volume of publications and conversations about ...

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Charleston’s First Orchestra: The St. Cecilia Society

Charleston’s First Orchestra: The St. Cecilia Society

February 23, 2017

Today we’re going to travel back in Lowcountry history to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the first orchestra in the British America, which was formed right here in Charleston, a decade before the birth of the United States. I’m talking about C...

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Charleston Alphabet Soup

Charleston Alphabet Soup

February 17, 2017

Today’s time-traveling menu includes a bowl of Charleston “alphabet soup,” stocked with five and twenty nuggets of local flavor. Rather than following the story of one person or event as a means of traveling back in Lowcountry history, we’ll sampl...

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Hurricanes in Lowcountry History, Part 2

Hurricanes in Lowcountry History, Part 2

February 13, 2017

Today we’re going to continue on journey we started in our last episode, looking back at notable hurricanes that have made an impact on the Lowcountry over the past few centuries. We left off at the turn of the nineteenth century, when relatively ...

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