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 abo...

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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’...

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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 relativel...

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Hurricanes in Lowcountry History, Part 1

Hurricanes in Lowcountry History, Part 1

February 10, 2017

Recently [in early October 2016] we had a visit from a Category-one storm named Matthew. Fortunately, Matthew caused more disruption than damage in the Lowcountry. Some folks did sustain significant damage to their property, and a few lost their l...

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A Brief History of Benne in the Lowcountry

A Brief History of Benne in the Lowcountry

January 24, 2017

Benne (or sesame) seeds are a staple ingredient of many Lowcountry dishes and desserts, but when and from where did it come to Charleston?  In this episode, we’ll explore the earliest descriptions of benne cultivation and use here, and the col...

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Podcast Premiere: Invasion 1706!

Podcast Premiere: Invasion 1706!

January 17, 2017

I’m pleased to announce the publication of my first podcast: a digital audio version of my recent “Invasion of 1706” radio program.  You can listen to the program here on the Charleston Time Machine whenever you like, and soon you’ll be...

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Margaret Reider

January 1, 2017

An avid reader her whole life, Margaret (Peggy) Reider is lead guide at the Drayton Hall Historic Site. She joined the Charleston County Public Library Board of Trustees in 2009.

Reider's love for reading goes back to one of her very first jobs w...

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Maya Hollinshead

Maya Hollinshead

January 1, 2017

A native of North Charleston, Maya Hollinshead is a program assistant with the Medical University of South Carolina Library where she is responsible for coordinating the university's Hands of Health-South Carolina website to provide South Carolina...

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Ed Fava

Ed Fava

January 1, 2017

A retiree, E.E. (Ed) Fava served for 12 years as administrator for Charleston County Government after completing a 26-year career in the U.S. Navy. He was appointed to the Charleston County Public Library Board of Trustees in 2010.

Fava is a form...

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Brian Norris

Brian Norris

January 1, 2017

An expert in Latin America, Dr. Brian Norris is an assistant professor in The Citadel's Department of Criminal Justice. Norris joined the Charleston County Public Library Board of Trustees in 2014.

A resident of Latin America for five years, he h...

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