Charleston’s First Orchestra: The St. Cecilia Society

February 23, 2017

November 2016 marked the 250th anniversary of the first concerts of the most significant musical organization in the early history of the United States—Charleston’s St. Cecilia Society.  In this episode, we’ll take quick tour of the society...

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Charleston Alphabet Soup

February 17, 2017

Rather than following one large topic from beginning to end, this episode offers a bowl of Charleston alphabet soup—an A-to-Z feast of 25 short biographies profiling (mostly) obscure Charlestonians, each of whom would make a great subject for y...

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Lowcountry Hurricane History

February 10, 2017

Hurricanes are an inescapable part of living in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, and our community has weathered quite a few storms over the past three centuries.  Join me for a look back at the most memorable and significant hurricanes to hit ...

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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!

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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The Steamer Planter

May 12, 2014

Recently various news agencies, including the Charleston Post and Courier and USA Today, reported that underwater archaeologists might have found the wreck of the nineteenth-century steamer Planter. Although I am neither a naval historian nor ...

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