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Brockington archaeologist and historian published in scholarly newsletter

Oct 01, 2009

Charleston Office archaeologist Andrew Agha and senior historian Charles F. Philips Jr. had a scholarly article published in the African Diaspora Archeology Network newsletter for Sept. 2009. The article, titled Landscapes of Cultivation: Inland Rice Fields as Landscapes and Archeological Sites, investigates the history of early rice production in colonial South Carolina and the interaction of the West African slaves that worked on them. View the article here

Sandy Springs exhibit featured in two news articles

Oct 01, 2009

Two articles - one in the Sandy Springs Neighbor and the other in the Sandy Springs Reporter - feature the newly installed exhibit, "Sandy Springs: Land and People." The History Workshop designed and consulted on the installation at the William-Payne House Museum in Sandy Springs. 

History Workshop creates exhibit at Colleton River Plantation

Sep 30, 2009

The History Workshop created an exhibit at the Pete Dye Clubhouse at Colleton River Plantation near Hilton Head. This project had its genesis in Brockington and Associates work dating back to the 1990s. The exhibit consists of three outdoor panels about the Civil War Battle of Port Royal Sound as well as inside exhibits with information about Native American lifeways, archeology and the land's history.

Brockington Historians Speak to Preservation Group

Sep 25, 2009

Charleston historians Ed Salo and Charlie Philips made a presentation on ferries and bridges in Lower Dorchester County to the Summerville Preservation Society on Thursday September 24, 2009. The preservation group is very involved in protecting historic resources in fast growing Summerville and Lower Dorchester County.

Historian Presents at Sustaining Military Readiness Conference

Aug 25, 2009

Brockington Senior Historian Patricia Stallings presented a paper, "From Shermans to Strykers: The Historical Narrative as Creative Mitigation," at the Sustaining Military Readiness Conference (August 9-14, 2009) in Phoenix, Arizona. The paper was part of a session designed to demonstrate current initiatives in the Department of Defense focusing on creative approaches to mitigating adverse effects as alternatives to archaeological data recovery or Historic Architectural Building Survey (HABS) recordation. The presentation is available on the conference's agenda page:

Historical Commission Appointment

Aug 21, 2009

Carol Poplin was elected chairperson of the Town of Mount Pleasant Historical Commission at the August meeting.  The principal focus of the commission is its historical marker program.  Mount Pleasant is the only town in South Carolina with its own program to write and install historical markers.  In addition, the town is developing a Web site that will provide information about the markers, driving maps, and a historical time line.

Reid Street Cemetery project in the Post and Courier

Aug 06, 2009

The Post and Courier has an article about Brockington's Reid Street Cemetery project. 

View the article here

Congratulations Ed Salo, PhD

Aug 06, 2009

Ed Salo recently received his PhD in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University. He is only the third PhD to come out of the new program.

Ed's dissertation was titled, "Crossing the Rivers of the State: the Role of the Ferry in the Development of South Carolina, Circa 1680-1920s."

Congratulations, Ed!

Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion Dedication July 5, 2009

Jul 06, 2009

For the past year the History Workshop has planned, developed, written, and designed interpretive exhibits for the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion at the new Waterfront Memorial Park in Mount Pleasant.  The grand opening and dedication of the pavilion was held July 5, 2009. Waterfront Memorial Park is located on land acquired from the South Carolina Department of Transportation as part of mitigative efforts associated with construction of the new Arthur Ravenel Bridge.

The new park includes a visitor center, a War Memorial, a fishing pier built out into the river on footings of the old Cooper River bridge, and the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion.  The pavilion houses three interpretive kiosks that share the history of basketmaking in Mount Pleasant and explore the evolution of sweetgrass baskets from agricultural tool to unique American art form.  The exhibit also includes two large outdoor panels, decorative banners, large black and white images, and a video presentation.  Local basketmakers are invited to make and sell baskets at the pavilion.

The History Workshop received great support and assistance from Michael Allen at NPS, members of the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival Association, Councilwoman Thomasena Stokes-Marshall, and of course the Town.  We all believe that the pavilion will become an important stop along the new Gullah Geechee National Heritage Corridor.

Brockington helps with Oral History Workshop

Jul 01, 2009

Brockington senior historian Charlie Philips was one of four expert panelists at an oral history workshop hosted by the Charleston Archives Libraries and Museums and the Lowcountry Oral History Alliance. The workshop, held June 30, was an opportunity for experts to offer methodological insights, to share their experiences with gathering oral histories, and to answer questions from participants. Other panelists included Dr. Kerry Taylor, assistant professor and director of the Oral History Project at the Citadel, Dr. Lillian Trettin, and Dr. Charlene Pope, archivist and principal investigator for the Carolinas Conservations Collection at the MUSC Library.

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