I’m pleased to announce the launch of a new educational venture here at the Charleston County Public Library, piloted by me, Dr. Nic Butler. As the library’s new public historian, I’ll be using stories and facts from the rich, deep, colorful history of Charleston, South Carolina, as a means to educate, inspire, amuse, and even amaze the fertile minds of our community. By exploring the stories of our shared past, I believe we can better understand our present world and plan more effectively for the future. The Charleston Time Machine is fueled by imagination, which can empower us all to achieve great things. By learning about our past, we connect ourselves to the continuum of time and place that surrounds us. In this sense, we are all “time machines.” Please join me as we peer into the past and march forward into the future!