The South Carolina Constitutional Convention of 1868

When: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 6 p.m.

Where: Charleston County Public Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street, 29401 (map)

In the late winter of 1868, a large group of elected representatives gathered in Charleston to draft a new state constitution--a Federal requirement for the political "Reconstruction" South Carolina in the aftermath of the Civil War. Join CCPL's historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for a review of that ground-breaking convention and the revolutionary document it produced to ensure the civil rights of all South Carolinians.

 

Tracing the Roots of "The Charleston" Dance

When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 10:30 a.m.

Where: John's Island Regional Library

The dance called "The Charleston" became the epitome of the "Jazz Age" in the 1920s, but its origins are not entirely clear. Join CCPL's historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for an exploration of the roots of the dance and the rise of jazz in early-twentieth-century Charleston.

 

The South Carolina Constitutional Convention of 1868

When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 11:30 a.m.

Where: John's Island Regional Library

In the late winter of 1868, a large group of elected representatives gathered in Charleston to draft a new state constitution--a Federal requirement for the political "Reconstruction" South Carolina in the aftermath of the Civil War. Join CCPL's historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for a review of that ground-breaking convention and the revolutionary document it produced to ensure the civil rights of all South Carolinians

 

Ten Progressive Women of Early-Twentieth-Century Charleston

When: Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6 p.m.

Where: Charleston County Public Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street, 29401 (map)

A transformation of American society in the early decades of the twentieth century facilitated the emergence of new generations of active, independent, and influential women. Join CCPL's historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for an review of ten of the most progressive and noteworthy women who helped transform Charleston into a more equitable and modern community.

 

From Charleston Slavery to African Freedom- Two Amazing True Stories

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 10:30 a.m.

Where: John's Island Regional Library

Join historian Dr. Nic Butler for a discussion of the lives of two men, John Kizell and Boston King, who escaped slavery in the Charleston area during the American Revolution and made their way back to Africa. Two centuries ago these pioneering men helped to establish communities for African Americans who sought to return to their motherland.

 

Benne Seeds in the Lowcountry: A Brief History

When: Tuesday, April 10, 2018 - 11:30 a.m.

Where: John's Island Regional Library

Benne (or sesame) seeds are a staple ingredient of many Lowcountry dishes and desserts, but when and from where did it come to Charleston? Join CCPL’s historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for an exploration of the earliest descriptions of benne cultivation and use here, and the colonial-era traditions we continue to enjoy today.

 

The Week South Carolina Rebelled: April 14-21 1775

When: Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 6 p.m.

Where: Charleston County Public Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street, 29401 (map)

During the same week of tension in Massachusetts that led to shots fired at Lexington and Concord, a series of events in Charleston led South Carolina's political leaders to commit to armed resistance against British aggression. Join CCPL's historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for a discussion of the long-forgotten spark that ignited the American Revolutionary War in South Carolina.

 

Spanish Privateers in the South Edisto River in 1745

When: Monday, April 23, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.

Where: Edisto Island Library, 1589 Highway 174, Edisto Island

During the War of Jenkins' Ear (1739-1748), Spanish and French privateer vessels were harassing English shipping along the South Carolina coastline, and occasionally ventured into the South Edisto River. In September 1745, the island's militia was called out to repel a fierce Spanish privateer vessel stuck on a sandbar in the river. Join CCPL's historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for the fascinating forgotten story of international tensions on the South Edisto River during the age of sail.

 

Music and Poetry in Early Moultrieville

When: Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 12:00 noon.

Where: Edgar Allan Poe Library, Sullivan's Island

Shortly after Charleston residents began erecting summer houses on Sullivan's Island in the 1790s, musicians and poets flocked to nascent community of Moultrieville to divert the relaxing crowds. Join CCPL's historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for a sample of the reflective verse penned by visiting poets and descriptions of concert programs staged by visiting musicians in the early years of the nineteenth century.