Calendar of Events


Feb
15
Tue
“BEHIND-THE-SCENES” AT THE INTERNATIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM @ Church of the Holy Cross Community Center
Feb 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Guest speaker: Dr. Tonya M. Matthews, IAAM director

Dr. Matthews will take DIHS members and guests on a virtual “behind the scenes” tour of the new IAAM, with information on the project’s timeline for completion, special exhibits it will house and other details about how the museum will honor the untold stories of the African American journey.

Seventeen months after breaking ground on the museum, its board of directors selected Dr. Matthews as their CEO. An experienced executive, thought leader and educator, Dr. Matthews has proven track records in organizational leadership, strategic planning, diversity and inclusion, program development, project management and vast visitor, and community engagements initiatives. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University in biomedical and electrical engineering and her doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins University in biomedical engineering. She plans to engineer a global success with Charleston’s gift to America and the world: a world-class museum at the site where more enslaved Africans entered bondage than any other place in the United States.

Mar
15
Tue
THE UNTOLD STORIES OF COLONIAL CHARLESTON @ Church of the Holy Cross Community Center
Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Guest speaker: Margaret “Peg” Eastman, author/freelance writer

What was life really like in Colonial Charleston in the 1700s? Ms. Eastman will share some of the untold stories of this important period in Charleston history, including the Carolina Colony’s first colonist, Dr. Henry Woodward, and the colony’s first coup d’etat in 1712.

Margaret Eastman, known to her friends as Peg, is a native Charlestonian whose family dates back to the early settlers of the Carolina colony. Her latest book, to be released in 2022, is entitled Broad Street and Beyond, Charleston’s Nexus of Power. Ms. Eastman’s other published works include Remembering Old Charleston – A Peek Behind Parlor Doors (2008), Old Charleston Originals from Celebrities to Scoundrels (2011) and Hidden History of Civil War Charleston (2012). She co-authored Hidden History of Old Charleston with Edward Good (2010). Ms. Eastman also works as a freelance writer for The Charleston Mercury.