In association with the 350th anniversary of the founding of Carolina, The Charleston Museum is pleased to present its Charleston 350 Commemoration Lecture Series. The lecture series, featuring leading scholars in their respective fields, will look at the early history of the colony that would become South Carolina. The lectures will examine the three cultures that came together to influence the area’s early history – Native Americans, enslaved people and Europeans.
The series will kick off on Thursday, March 5, at 6:00 pm with a lecture by Dr. Jon Marcoux, Director of the Clemson University and College of Charleston’s joint Graduate Program in Historic Preservation. Marcoux will present “Lowcountry Life before Charles Towne: Native American Communities in 1669,” and discuss the peoples who were in South Carolina prior to the permanent arrival of Europeans. Click here for more information and tickets.
On Thursday, April 2, Dr. Daniel Littlefield, Carolina Professor of History at the University of South Carolina, will speak about the first enslaved people that were brought to Carolina and why the institution eventually thrived as it did in the colony.
To close out the lecture series, on Thursday, May 7, Dr. David Cranford, Assistant State Archaeologist for the North Carolina Department of Cultural and Natural Resources, will discuss the amalgamation of cultures, principally their influence on colonware, an important ceramic of the period with both Native American and African characteristics.
-Submitted by the Charleston Museum