In January 2022, the Daniel Island Historical Society, in partnership with the College of Charleston’s Department of History and the Keith School Museum, launched an exciting new internship program to document oral histories on the Cainhoy peninsula. This endeavor marks the first time such a project has been conducted in this community, with the specific mission of collecting oral histories from individuals whose families have called the Cainhoy peninsula home for generations.
College of Charleston student Riley Conover was selected to lead the program as the Cainhoy Collective’s first intern and research assistant. Through the life-histories of interviewees, Riley will be creating an archive of the past that will serve as an important and needed resource for understanding this treasured Lowcountry community and landscape – and the impact they have had on the Charleston region as a whole. She will present her research to the Daniel Island Historical Society, including snippets from some of her interviews, at our April meeting.
This will be a rare opportunity for a first hand look at the actual gathering of personal histories that help shape the narrative of the Cainhoy community.