John Laurens and Hamilton, Part 2

March 16, 2017
This week we continue our narrative adventure through the life of John Laurens (1754–1782), with comparisons to his portrayal in the hit musical, Hamilton.   We rejoin the story…

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John Laurens and Hamilton, Part 1

March 8, 2017
Over the past several months I’ve spoken with a number of people around Charleston, fans of the hit musical, Hamilton, who asked me what I thought…

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CCPL holds Community Meeting to share information about new James Island branch

March 7, 2017
Dozens of James Islanders attended CCPL’s Community Meeting on March 6. Nearly 40 people watched the presentation by Architect Jerry English and many asked questions…

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Ten Things Everyone Should Know about Lowcountry Rice

March 2, 2017
The cultivation of rice in early South Carolina had a tremendous impact on the development of Lowcountry culture and history.  It inspired the forced migration…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Susan Strunk

January 1, 2017
Having spent her career as a librarian, Susan Strunk worked for 25 years at libraries in the suburban Chicago area before retiring as director of…

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