Giving back to the community is an important facet of the Daniel Island Historical Society’s mission. We are continually seeking ways to help our island neighbors, friends, students and businesses better understand what sets our island history apart. One way we have done this is by donating curriculum from the Philip Simmons Foundation to the Daniel Island School.
Mr. Simmons was born on Daniel Island in 1912 and later went on to become a renowned Master Blacksmith and iconic Charleston figure. Through these amazing curriculum materials, students at the school have learned what made Mr. Simmons’ art so special, by crafting some pieces of their own based on his unique style. Annually, DIHS sponsors an Art Show at the school to celebrate their work.
Your contributions to the Daniel Island Historical Society have also made it possible for us to donate copies of two important local history resources to students at Daniel Island School and Cainhoy Elementary Middle School. The books – Daniel Island by Michael K. Dahlman and Michael K. Dahlman, Jr. and Behind God’s Back: Gullah Memories of Cainhoy, Wando, Huger, and St. Thomas will help provide special insight for students on the history of the places they call home.