Calendar of Events

“GIRL POWER: Celebrating Charleston Women in History!” @ Church of the Holy Cross Parish Hall
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

What do Septima Poinsette Clark, Gertrude Legendre (Gertie), and Martha Daniell Logan all have in common? They were each groundbreaking women whose achievements broke down barriers and paved the way for others to succeed. The daughter of a former slave, Clark was a pioneer in education who valiantly fought for equal rights. A spy during World War II, Legendre was an explorer, big-game hunter, environmentalist, and owner of Medway plantation in Berkeley County. And Logan, the daughter of Daniel Island’s namesake Gov. Robert Daniell, wrote the first gardening treatise in America in the 1750s. In honor of Women’s History Month in March, DIHS board members Lee Ann Bain and Beth Bush will spotlight these trailblazing female superstars, who each have ties to Charleston. Bain, a longtime Charleston tour guide is the host of multiple walking tours of downtown Charleston, including the popular Grimke Sisters Tour. She is also president of the Charleston Tour Association and a longtime board member for DIHS. An award-winning journalist and former editor of The Daniel Island News, Bush helped found the Daniel Island Historical Society in 2011. She has been a news and features writer at The Daniel Island News since 2005.

“Lowcountry at High Tide: A History of Flooding, Drainage, and Reclamation in Charleston” @ Church of the Holy Cross Parish Hall
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join the Daniel Island Historical Society as we welcome Christina Rae Butler for a very informative and timely program on tidal history. Ms. Butler will provide an illustrated overview of her recent book, Lowcountry At High Tide: Flooding, Drainage, and Reclamation in Charleston. Her discussion will chronicle the methods and motives for growing and developing Charleston over time through filling and reclamation, and how residents and the city government have dealt with flooding in the past and present. Butler is a professor of historic preservation and chair of general education at the American College of the Building Arts, adjunct faculty at College of Charleston, and owner of Butler Preservation L.C.  She is also the author of Ansonborough: From Birth the Rebirth for the Historic Charleston Foundation; Italians in the Lowcountry; and an upcoming new book, Charleston Horse Power (USC Press, August 2023).

Christina Rae Butler

Gov. Robert Daniell’s 377th Birthday Bash @ Church of the Holy Cross Parish Hall
Apr 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Don’t miss the Daniel Island Historical Society’s tribute to our island’s namesake – Gov. Robert Daniell! We will be celebrating his 377th birthday along with his British heritage at this very special event. Get ready for a jolly good time! Join us for cake, treats and refreshments – including a cup of tea, of course! Plus, we’ll have a fun photo booth, storytelling about Gov. Daniell from local author Peg Eastman, a nautical activity for the kids, prizes and more. All ages welcome. 

Tickets to this event are $10 for DIHS members, $15 for non-members, or $50 for a family of five of more. Click on the link below to get your tickets! Deadline to purchase tickets: Friday, April 14.

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“The Barbados and Carolinas Model – Shared Influences” @ Church of the Holy Cross Parish Hall
May 16 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join the Daniel Island Historical Society as we unpack fascinating new chapters about the Barbados-Carolinas connection. Our island’s namesake Robert Daniell, born in England in 1646, was a captain of ships that travelled between London, Barbados and Charles Towne before settling on Daniel Island. Guest speaker Rhoda Green will explore the “Barbados Model” constructed in Barbados by the British and then transported elsewhere. This model was effectively utilized and produced massive wealth for both Barbados and the Carolinas. We’re familiar with the names, portraits, and images of many early settlers who settled in Barbados and Charleston. But we are unfamiliar with the enslaved who made the “Barbados Model” work, while being the ones the model was constructed to maintain and constrain. Green will give us all a new vantage point to expand on our shared story.