The Kershaw County Historical Society invites you to our Society Program on Sunday afternoon, July 24, 2022, 3 p.m. at the Woolard Technology Center (WTC) at 70 Innovation Drive, Camden, SC, a cool place to enjoy in hot July!
This is our first time to meet in WTC’s roomy new high-tech center with audio-visual excellence, spacious seating, ample parking, and easy access. Just 5 minutes south of Historic Camden and beside Central Carolina.
Jak Smyrl’s Camden & Kershaw County
Speakers: Joan and Glen Inabinet
authors of The World of Jak Smyrl — SC Artist, Journalist, Cartoonist
Selections of Jak’s Art will also be exhibited, including woodcarvings privately owned and not previously displayed.
Copies of the book and inscriptions available. $35.
A History of Kershaw County available. $50
“Hot weather was Jak’s favorite season,” the biographers may mention about the Camden-born artist (1923-2007) whose art and words recorded much of the history and ways of his hometown and Kershaw County in a long career that included over 38 years on the staff of The State newspaper.
Born in the Roaring Twenties, growing up in the Depression, reaching adulthood in World War II, the Camden High graduate joined the Marines in time to engage in the Battle of Okinawa and serve in Occupation China. At mid-life he and wife Betty took months off work to travel the world.
The biographers’ rich sources bring to light the local influences that shaped Jak and the ways he left his marks on Camden/Kershaw County.