“Continuing the Legacy”
The mission of the Society in 2020 is Inspiring historical record-keeping to preserve our times. Watch for details as our work with individuals and groups unfolds.
A History of Kershaw County
A goal for many years and the focus of the past decade’s efforts — the county’s first comprehensive history, commissioned by the Society, was published by USC Press in 2011. Details here, or click our Publications tab above. Profits of our book sales, like all our publication sales, are channeled back into Society projects.
Our History among Significant Books in Libraries
Camden Middle School student Daniel Putnam points out A History of Kershaw County in the school media center with other frequently used resources near the librarian’s office.
Passing on Our Love of History to a New Generation
The above news clipping from the Camden Chronicle-Independent Oct. 22, 2012, details a Society project supporting the publication of A History of Kershaw County: “The Kershaw County Historical Society is donating 25 sets of 25 different local history books to each of the Kershaw County School District’s four middle schools. With 625 books going to each school, the Society’s donation is valued at $5,000. These books will be used by 8th grade social studies teachers and librarians in teaching state and local history. Pictured left to right are the middle school librarians holding the books: Teresa Freler, Leslie M. Stover Middle: Anne Lemiuex, Lugoff-Elgin Middle; Susan Prettyman, Camden Middle: and Cindy Sparks, North Central Middle.”
Ongoing Work Adding Historical Markers to Preserve Historical Sites
The Society has the responsibility for the care of most of the historical markers presently in the county, many of which were erected over many years through KCHS activities. The Society ambitiously hopes to erect or encourage erection of markers at additional sites, such as Revolutionary Cary’s Fort and Rugeley’s Fort.
Preserving Easements on Historical Properties
The Society in 2007 agreed for the first time to hold an easement which will preserve a significant Camden property from subdivision development. Holly Hedge, an historic estate on a portion of the Hobkirk Hill Revolutionary battlesite, is the first property on which the Society has undertaken such a responsibility, offered to them by its current owners, themselves preservation-minded members. Holly Hedge hosted a tour and program for the Society in 2013. In 2009 the Society accepted an easement on historic Horsebranch Hall.