Calendar of Events

Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Guest speaker: Don Campagna, History and Archives Coordinator, City of North Charleston


Just across the Cooper River from Daniel Island lies a place that held great significance not only to the Charleston region, but to our nation. From 1901 to 1996, the U.S. Navy and the Charleston Naval Shipyard were an integral part of the United States defense system, employing hundreds of thousands of people and pouring millions of dollars into the local economy. A total of 256 vessels were constructed at the base during its near century of operation.

Not only were the Base and Shipyard the largest employers in the region, they were also the most important cultural influence in Charleston. The area that became the Navy Base actually reaches back from pre-history native culture, to a plantation and on to the nation’s top nuclear submarine repair facility. The U.S. Navy story in the Holy City is an interesting mix of famous and heroic people and ships illustrated in period images. 

Join the Daniel Island Historical Society on Tuesday, October 17, from 7 to 8 p.m., at Church of the Holy Cross on Daniel Island as we dive deeper into Charleston’s Navy Base and Shipyard history with guest speaker Don Campagna, who currently serves as the History and Archives Coordinator for the City of North Charleston. A U.S. Navy veteran who “sailed the world” during his years of service, Mr. Campagna later used the GI Bill to earn a MA in Criminal Justice Administration, while going through the ranks to become a Police Chief. According to Mr. Campagna, the combination gave him perspective and taught him to be “a pretty good investigator.”

After retirement, he volunteered to sort through and organize the material that was saved when the Charleston Navy Base closed. His service turned into a position as the History and Archives Coordinator for the City of North Charleston. He also currently serves as a board member for the Charleston Naval Historic Trust.

Make plans to join us on October 17, and learn more about the dynamic forces that made Charleston the world-class city it is today!

Don Campagna

“LOST CHARLESTON” @ Church of the Holy Cross Parish Hall
Nov 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Guest speaker: Leigh Jones Handal


What are we missing when it comes to Charleston history? Quite literally, a lot! Charleston Tour Guide and author Leigh Jones Handal will fill in the gaps about all that is no more at the Daniel Island Historical Society’s November program as she shares fascinating information from her new book, Lost Charleston. Using classic archive images, Charleston’s greatest architectural and cultural losses are documented in the book in chronological order from 1861 thru 2018.

Aside from the havoc wreaked by the Civil War bombardment, Charleston has endured a succession of fires, hurricanes and earthquakes over the last 200 years. Though famous for its grand ante-bellum buildings of the nineteenth century, there have been some significant losses, particularly those from the Great Fire of 1861.

From the dawn of the photographic era, Handal’s Lost Charleston spotlights the markets, mansions, hotels, halls, church towers and cherished businesses that time, progress and fashion have swept aside.

Ms. Handal shares her love of the Carolina Lowcountry through her tour company, Charleston Raconteurs, which offers a unique experience for those seeking a deeper understanding of Charleston’s history, as well as locals who want to go beyond the usual tourist sites to explore the beautiful vistas and rarely seen historic places of the Carolina Lowcountry. She is also the author of Storied and Scandalous Charleston and has a rewrite/update of the classic Charleston Then & Now due out in March of 2024.

Come one, come all for this special DIHS program with guest speaker Leigh Jones Handal on Tuesday, November 14, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Church of the Holy Cross on Daniel Island, 299 Seven Farms Drive.

Leigh Jones Handal