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.
(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.)
Read a partial sampling of what the A History of Kershaw County, SC (Inabinet and Inabinet, 2011) says of early tribes in the area.
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Keep watching our site for follow-up photos of our Oct. 28 program with Ken Lewis and more than 70 persons attending!