The Seabrook Island Natural History Group (SINHG) launches its fall series of Evening Programs with an exploration of indigo’s history and cultivation on Johns Island and the revival of interest in growing and processing the plant for contemporary uses. The program will be offered on Thursday evening, September 14 at 7:00 pm and will be presented by Lee Ann Bain, a well-known Charleston tour guide and historian of Lowcountry culture.
As a member of the Daniel Island Historical Society, Bain has uncovered and documented indigo processing sites on what were once two contiguous colonial era plantations on the island. Last year, Smithsonian Magazine detailed the renewed interest in the plant on Johns Island, where several indigo farms are now in operation, providing the deep blue dye for use in clothing and accessories.
SINHG Evening Programs at The Lake House will continue later in the fall with the examination of Charleston architecture in October and the exploration of the history of Seabrook Island in November. Evening Programs are open to all Seabrook Island residents and guests, with a $5 admission charge for non-SINHG members. To register, visit SINHG Events.
-Submitted by Norm Powers for SINHG
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