The Society’s meeting Tuesday, May 17 was our last until September but it was a huge success, both in terms of turn out and in terms of terrific information about the 20 year history of the present day Daniel Island community. Sharing their perspectives were four veterans of making Daniel Island what it is today.
Martha Zierdan of the Charleston Museum gave us a fascinating account of what her archaelogical team found excavating Daniel Island prior to the construction of the I-526 bridge. For a look at Ms Zierdan’s presentation click the following link: Martha Zierdan_Presentation_PDF
Judy Jackson was a true Daniel Island trailblazer…one of the first dozen households on the island. She delighted us with special stories of the people who moved to Daniel Island in the very beginning – sold on the dream of what this place could become. She also spoke of the true sense of community spirit that evolved – one that continues to set this island town apart. We also set out a commemorative exhibit of some of the island’s mementos over the years!
Daniel Island News Editor/Publisher Suzanne Detar was also one of the earliest residents dating back to 1997. She took us through her 2003 decision to launch a community newspaper and highlighted some of the major issues the paper, and the community, have dealt with.
And Matt Sloan of the Daniel Island Company gave us an insider view of the challenges faced in launching and maintaining both the company and the community. He shared dozens of photos and stories of the early days of planning and development. His presentation is at this link: Matt’s presentation_PowerPoint_PDF
It was an incredible end to one of the Daniel Island Historical Society‘s best seasons ever. Thanks to everyone who took part!