We Had a Terrific Program Year

Our September 2018-May 2019 program season was one of our strongest ever.  Here are the month by month highlights:

September 27, 2018 kicked things off with The Civil War As Seen Through Magnolia Cemetery, a fascinating presentation by Citadel history professor Kyle Sinisi on what a historical treasure the cemetery is. See more here.

October 13-14, 2018:  “History Under the Stars Family Campout” at Smythe Park…pirate themed family event.

October 16, 2018: “The Transatlantic Slave Trade,  Historic Connections Between Ghana and South Carolina”.  Our speaker was Rebecca Shumway of the College of Charleston who shared the impact of slavery on shaping both white and black lives. For lot’s more on this program, click here.

November 15, 2018: “Nathanael Greene and the American Revolution”; Our speaker was Leigh Moring of the Historic Charleston Foundation who brought the Swamp Fox and his role in the American Revolution to life.     Click here for more on the “Fighting Quaker.”


January 15, 2019:  We learned about “Rice and the Role It Played in Colonial and Antebellum South Carolina” from College of Charleston history professor Hayden Smith.  Rice impacted both the economy and the topography of the Lowcountry. Learn more here.

February 19, 2019 brought us “Handing Down Charleston: The Charleston County Will Books, 1671-1868.”   Marianne Cawley of the Charleston County Public Library explained how the last wishes of the dead tell us much about the world they lived in. Here’s some of what she shared and here’s more on island namesake Robert Daniell’s will.

March 19, 2019:  After decades of suffering after the end of the Civil War Charleston had an impressive resurgence in the arts as artists, writers, architects, and historical preservationists came together to improve and represent their city.  Mary Webb of the History Department of Ashley Hall gave us a tour of “The Charleston Renaissance.”

April 16, 2019 was a doubleheader.  We shared a cake and a talk by DIHS co-founder Mike Dahlman to celebrate island namesake Robert Daniell’s birthday followed by Katherine Sanders Pemberton, Manager of Research and Education at Historic Charleston Foundation telling us about “Hidden History: The Walled City of Charles Town” and how construction projects today keep revealing our past. Click here for more on this great meeting.

April 27 found us in Smythe Park for “Art in the Park: A Celebration of Daniel Island’s Live Oaks.”

We recognized everyone who had participated in adopting local live oaks, actually got more trees adopted and enjoyed local artists creating through the afternoon plus kids’ crafts, live music and a storyteller.
If you weren’t able to attend, take a look here for extensive coverage including video’s of art being created in real time.

May 21, 2019 was “Art, Wine and History” as we brought the program year to a grand finale with all three of the titled elements plus a great social event.  Our speaker was Lese Corrigan of the Corrigan gallery who shared the 19th and 20th century art history of Charleston.  See more here.