Friday, July 28, 2017

Charleston library hosting free historical sessions on old Orphan House, Sullivan's Island 'Pest House' and more

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Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Jul 28, 2017 at 11:12 AM

click to enlarge The Charleston Orphan House was located in downtown Charleston from 1790-1951. - PROVIDED
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  • The Charleston Orphan House was located in downtown Charleston from 1790-1951.
In case you haven't noticed, the Charleston County Public Library does a damned good job of putting on interesting and varied events. We can thank the library's historian, Dr. Nic Butler, and archivist, Katie Gray, for these events — they know a thing or two about Charleston. Below we've detailed three upcoming free August lectures that you can actually go to — they're all at 6 p.m. on week nights downtown at the Main Library.
Location Details Charleston County Public Library
68 Calhoun St.
Downtown
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 805-6930
Library
Eyewitness descriptions of early Charleston and the Lowcountry
Tues. Aug. 8 at 6 p.m.
Butler gives an overview of historical records from the 1660s through the 20th century, written by both visitors and residents.

Inmates, indentures, and good intentions: Exploring the records of the Charleston Orphan House
Wed. Aug. 9 at 6 p.m.
Gray examines records of the Charleston Orphan House from 1790 to 1951. You'll learn about the materials in the collection and how they can be used for genealogical research. Learn more about the Orphan House at scencyclopedia.org.

The Pest House on Sullivan's Island: A brief history
Wed. Aug. 30 at 6 p.m.
Butler discusses the quarantine station out on Sullivan's Island, the "Pest House," which was the first point of landfall for people coming to SC, especially enslaved Africans, from 1707 to the 1790s.

To get a daily dose of Lowcountry facts, check out The Charleston Time Machine, Nic Butler's website chock-full of Charleston history.

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