It’s back to school time for many folks, and that’s the theme for the Charleston Time Machine adventures in September. This month I’ll present two new programs, one of which is actually the beginning of a series designed to dovetail with the South Carolina History curriculum taught to eighth graders in this state. These free programs are suitable for all ages, of course, and I hope to see you in a library soon.
Escaping Slavery in Early South Carolina
Tens of thousands of Africans were brought to early South Carolina to work as enslaved laborers, but a small percentage of that number managed to find a path to freedom long before the abolition of slavery in 1865. How was this possible, and what were the consequences? Join me for an exploration of various ways and means of escaping slavery, and examples of specific men and women who found freedom in early South Carolina.
- Tuesday, September 8th at 11:15 a.m., John’s Island Regional Library, 3531 Maybank Highway, Johns Island, SC 29455 (with students from Haut Gap Middle School)
- Thursday, September 10th at 6 p.m., Charleston County Public Library auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston SC 29401
Handwriting Styles in Early South Carolina
Cursive penmanship is a dying art in the digital age, but the ability to decipher historical styles of handwriting is a critical tool for reading manuscripts from various eras of South Carolina’s past. These written words—whether flamboyant, crude, bold, or feeble—can tell us much about the writers of our past. Join me for an illustrated survey of writing styles and conventions found in South Carolina documents from the 1660s onward.
- Wednesday, September 23rd at 6 p.m., Charleston County Public Library auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street, Charleston SC 29401
Questions? Drop me a line at butlern[at]ccpl.org or call 843–805–6968 for more information.