Volunteer One for Harvey!

Happy Birthday to Harvey S. Teal, 91 years old today!

If you want to please Harvey with a “gift” today, volunteer your help to an individual or a group who can use a hand!

Earlier this year, Harvey wrote a reflection entitled “Volunteering” for the Kershaw County Historical Society’s column in the Camden Chronicle-Independent. He began:

“A little more than five years ago, when ‘Father Time’ revealed my 85th birthday had arrived, I wrote a reminiscence column about the changes I had witnessed over those years. One thing did not change, however. My time clock continued to click off each second, minute, hour, day, week, month and year of the ‘time’ deposited into my ‘time’ bank account.”

You can read Harvey’s full reflection on volunteering and read the whole collection of Harvey’s Kershaw County Historical Society columns on the Chronicle-Independent’s website.

Besides being our regular columnist, Harvey is a past president of our Society, a current Board member, and an author and contributor in many ways to our work. His long-time spirit of service and volunteerism continues to extend in many directions near and far and to touch many groups and individuals.

It is fitting to honor our generous friend today by donating a service of your own. Volunteer one for Harvey!

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Cousins Gather at Bonds Conway House

Saturday, June 29, 2019, was a busy and fun day for Society members who greeted about 100 visitors to our headquarters, the Bonds Conway House. Descendants of the Conway and allied families of this area, many of them had traveled far from all parts of the country for the 49th annual reunion of the group calling themselves “The Cousins.” Transported by two large tour buses and a number of autos, the group also visited a number of other local sites of their family history in the community. The presence of Mayor Alfred Mae Drakeford added to the welcome. An enjoyable day for all!

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Boyd Saunders’ Presentation

Visit the highlights of our May 19, 2019, KC Historical Society program when artist Boyd Saunders described slides of artwork in progress during his of painting “The Battle of Hanging Rock” and signed copies of the recently published art book A View from the South: The Narrative Art of Boyd Saunders, by Thomas Dewey II.

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History Made Art—Painting the Battle of Hanging Rock

Sunday, May 19 at 3 p.m.

Society Meeting in the County Council Room
At the Kershaw County Government Center
515 Walnut Street, Camden, SC

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Artist Boyd Saunders, above at work in his studio, will speak at the KCHS program in Camden on his process and research in creating his painting The Battle of Hanging Rock, which is on exhibit at the South Carolina State Museum, Columbia, SC.

At our May 19 program in Camden, open to the public, you will also learn about the Battle of Hanging Rock itself, an action near the present Kershaw-Lancaster boundary that is part of our Revolutionary history, fought 10 days before the Battle of Camden.

You will also learn more about the artist himself, a colorful raconteur and world-exhibited artist who is the subject of a new book, below,  A View from the South: The Narrative Art of Boyd Saunders, by Thomas Dewey II. More on this book.

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Below, at the South Carolina State Museum viewing Boyd Saunders’ painting The Battle of Hanging Rock, the Ken Brown family. The painting is on the fourth floor, Cultural History section on the Revolution. More on the museum.


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History of Haile Gold Mine, Program Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 p.m.

Gold has attracted the enduring fascination of human beings since the beginning of time. The Kershaw County Historical Society and the Old Camden District Genealogical Society are together presenting a public program, “History of Haile Gold Mine,” on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. at the Camden Archives and Museum, that will tap into that fascination with a local focus.

The Bookcover for "The History and Rebirth of the Remarkable Haile Gold Mine" by Jack H. Morris

Speaking on almost two centuries of gold mining at the Lancaster County site above the Kershaw County boundary line will be Jack H. Morris, former bureau chief of The Wall Street Journal.

The Haile Gold Mine operated a generation before the California Gold Rush and contains the largest gold deposit in the Eastern United States. For most of its years of operation to present it has been the largest gold producer in the South.

Morris is the author of a new book, The History and Rebirth of the Remarkable Haile Gold Mine. Book signing will be available. (Click for more)

Historical and genealogical researchers in Lancaster and Kershaw counties understand Morris’s observation that, “Nearly everyone has a story about the mine, as many residents are descendants of early miners or have had relatives who sold property, timber, or other goods to the mine.”

The meeting is open to all interested persons, and the Societies welcome your attendance.

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Membership Renewal

Membership renewal time for 2019 invites returning and new members to join us in supporting an interesting year ahead! We count on your gracious support.

Please return dues/donations either with our card mailed in December or with our online membership directions, or by contacting the Society. You may even send dues/donations online using our PayPal link, also found on this page at bottom of the right-hand column.

Recent Program Views

Wateree Valley Native Americans

A presentation and tour especially planned for Kershaw County Historical Society members meeting Nov. 10, 2018, at the  USC-L Native American Studies Cultural Center, Lancaster, S.C., proved enlightening and absorbing for all. Lively responses expressed desire to continue keeping up with ongoing archaeological studies shedding light on the history of Kershaw County and related areas.


Joseph Kershaw’s Backcountry Influences

An audience of more than 75 persons was deeply engaged in Dr. Kenneth’s E. Lewis’s presentation on Kershaw County’s founder-patriot Joseph Kershaw at the Society’s meeting Oct. 28, 2018. The historical archaeologist having been digging into his topic for over 40 years, interesting conversations followed the presentation.

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Society Trip To Native American Center Nov. 10

At 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, the Kershaw County Historical Society will assemble for a specially planned program for them at the Native American Studies Center galleries at 119 S. Main Street in Lancaster, S.C., less than a one-hour drive from downtown Camden.

Society members and guests will tour exhibits at the Center and enjoy a talk and slides of Native American sites and archaeology in Kershaw County by our guide, archaeologist Chris Judge, who has been part of several expeditions here.  The county, part of the Wateree/Catawba River Valley area, was part of traditional tribal territory of the Catawba Indian Nation, the only federally recognized tribe located today in the state of South Carolina.

Hagler at Camden Archives

(The most familiar Kershaw County icon is the weathervane image of the influential Catawba chief “King Haiglar,” historically Hagler, atop the Camden clock tower. The original, crafted in 1826, is in the Camden Archives and Museum.)

The Nov. 10 program in Lancaster also includes time with Catawba Artist-in-Residence Beckee Garris. Part of the University of South Carolina at Lancaster, the Center develops curriculum and educational public programs “with an emphasis on the Catawba and other Native communities in South Carolina.”

There is no entrance charge for the program, although a donation box is at the reception desk for those inclined. Behind the Center, a small parking lot on S. White Street may be convenient.

Read the latest newsletter of the Native American Studies Center, including references and images to persons and topics just discussed, as well as long-time KC Historical Society Board member Elsie Goins, mother of the late Dr. Will Moreau Goins. An exhibit at the Center honors  the work of Dr. Goins, who was devoted to “raising awareness of Native American issues and promoting native art and culture.”


(Photo flashback–In 2009, when King Hagler was named to the SC Hall of Fame at Myrtle Beach, S.C. , among those present at the ceremony were Beckee Garris, Catawba Chief Donald Rodgers, and KC Historical Society past-president Glen Inabinet, who was also a Hall of Fame Board member. The Historical Society was among a number of the historical groups who had for some time advocated for recognition of Hagler, the first Native American to be named.)

Readpartial sampling of what the A History of Kershaw County, SC (Inabinet and Inabinet, 2011) says of early tribes in the area.

Enjoy more details by clicking on all of our hot links in this article!

Keep watching our site for follow-up photos of our Oct. 28 program with Ken Lewis and more than 70 persons attending! 



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Insights into Patriot Joseph Kershaw– Highly Anticipated Program Oct. 28

KC Historical Society Program
Sunday afternoon Oct. 28, 2018, at 3:00 p.m.
Rear Building, Kershaw County School District Office
2029 W. DeKalb Street, Camden, SC

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Joseph Kershaw–How ‘Twas Done
Speaker  Kenneth E. Lewis
Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Author

A man who knows his subject “from the ground up,” Kenneth E. Lewis has been involved since the mid-1970s in archaeological and archival research of Camden and area. [See a 1976 report of his you can download on early excavations in Camden.] His 2017 book The Carolina Backcountry Venture culminates over four decades of his work studying the Wateree River Valley, 1740-1810.

Dr. Lewis’s program Oct. 28 will focus on the networking contributions of the patriot-founder Joseph Kershaw, for whom Kershaw County was named. Expansive insights!

Also comments from Halie Brazier, director of Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site in Camden, SC.

Interested members of public welcomed.

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Teal Honored, Program Enjoyed

Program presenter Harvey Teal was honored with a special plaque by the Kershaw County Historical Society Sept. 30 at the Robert Mills Courthouse in Camden as “Faithful Friend of Our History, Recorder and Raconteur of All Things Great and Small.”

A charter member of the Society in 1954, the ninety-year-old Teal has presented a number of programs and authored a number of books, many of them on Kershaw County and among the Society’s publications for sale. He regularly writes a column for the Society of related historical topics published in the Camden Chronicle-Independent.

Co-presenter Tim Lord was welcomed as a new member of the Society and thanked for his program contribution with copies of Camden Homes and Camden Interiors.

An interested crowd of 35 lingered for conversation, refreshments, book purchasing, and viewing of an array of artifacts that Teal and Lord had discussed with their slides and presentation, “Mail on the Rails!!”

Officers elected for the upcoming year are Tony Scully, president; secretary, Melissa Saavedra; and treasurer, John Miller.

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Program re-scheduled Sept. 30

The Society is back on track, re-scheduling our program “Mail on the Rails!!” for presentation Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3:00 p.m., at the Historic Robert Mills Courthouse, 607 Broad Street, Camden.

Although our earlier plan was postponed by Hurricane Florence, the new date will feature our same speakers–Harvey Teal and Tim Lord–and our same content as described in our original announcement below.

We look forward to seeing you!

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