A Brief History of Marion Square, Part 1

May 26, 2017

Today we’re going to explore the history of a specific piece of property in urban Charleston called Marion Square. I’m sure most of you know the piece of land I’m talking about, but in case you’re new to the Lowcountry, we’ll begin with...

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The Life and Times of Thomas Grimball (1744–1783)

May 19, 2017

Today we’re going to travel back in Lowcountry history to explore the life story of a man who lived in the Charleston area in the eighteenth century and today is remembered by very few people. I’m talking about a man named Thomas Grimball, wh...

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148 Years of Bicycling In Charleston

May 12, 2017

May is National Bike month, so all across the United States bicycle advocates are staging events to raise awareness about topics like bike safety, bicycle rights and responsibilities, as well as promoting recreation on two wheels. In this era of ...

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German Palatines in Colonial Charleston

April 27, 2017

This week we’re travel back in Lowcountry history to explore the topic of Germans immigrants in the early days of our community.

Now hold on a minute—I know there are some listeners out there saying “well, I’m not really interested in Ger...

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A Woman’s Progress in Early South Carolina, Part 3

April 20, 2017

In the past two episodes we’ve focused on the “normal” legal parameters that shaped the lives of women in early South Carolina, but the legal rights and “disabilities” of  enslaved women, free women of color, and Native American women i...

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A Woman’s Progress in Early South Carolina, Part 2

April 14, 2017

In our last episode, we began to survey the rights and “disabilities” (to use an old legal term) that framed the lives of women in the first century of South Carolina.  In this episode we consider the antiquated options for marriage dissoluti...

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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 Rev...

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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 profili...

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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 ...

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John Laurens and Hamilton, Part 3

March 23, 2017

We’ve followed the adventures of John Laurens from his childhood in Charleston to the America siege of British-held Yorktown, and now we conclude this dramatic story by tracing the last ten months of his tragically short life.  Award-winning ...

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