August Programs

Our adventures in Charleston history continue this August with two new programs and one encore performance.

On August 12th we’ll take a close look at “The Walled City’s Lesser-Known Bastions.” In the past I’ve presented lectures about the most significant features of Charleston’s early fortification walls, such as Granville Bastion, the Half-Moon Battery, and Craven Bastion, but there are a few others that remain shrouded in mystery.  Although we still have more questions than answers about them, this month we’ll focus attention on the enigmatic urban bastions called Ashley, Blake, Carteret, and Colleton, all named for members of the early Lords Proprietors of Carolina.

On August 19th I’ll repeat my recent program about an old topic that’s very relevant to a current local controversy: “A Brief History of Charleston’s Colonial Common.” The site of the unpopular Sergeant Jasper Apartment building was set aside as a public common space in 1768, but today it’s owned by a private developer that wants to expand its footprint. If you have an interest in the future of this site, or are simply fascinated by stories of overt government waste,  you won’t want to miss this program.

Finally, on August 26th I’m going out on a new limb with a program called “A Fruit-Filled History of Charleston.” The summer season in our subtropical city often inspires thoughts of desserts, syrups, and beverages flavored with all sorts of exotic fruits, but did our Charleston forebearers have access to such delicacies? To answer this question, we’ll take a look at indigenous fruits, European imports, and fruits brought to early Charleston from the Caribbean and Latin America. We won’t dwell on recipes, but rather we’ll consider the vast commercial and social networks that brought fruits to local tables. And perhaps we’ll have a few samples on hand as well . . . .

For more information about these events, take a look at our Calendar of Events and stay tuned for upcoming essays about each of these deliciously historical topics!