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

BC Venture 600 dpi
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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The Society’s program “Mail on the Rails!” scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 16, is postponed until a later date, due to the weather emergency of Hurricane Florence. Stay safe and we’ll see you later!

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Multi-faceted Program Sept. 30

Sunday 3 p.m. — September 30, 2018
At the Historic Robert Mills Courthouse
607 Broad Street, Camden, SC

A Talk with Slides and an Exhibit of Artifacts

MAIL on the RAILS!!
by Harvey Teal and Tim Lord

The presentation with slides covered Camden and Kershaw County topics of Railroad History, Postal History, Civil War History, and General Potter’s Raid 1865, including African American Union troops. Exhibits displayed related artifacts of all.
(Photo above: Wateree Swamp, where railroad was destroyed in 1865. Teal at left.)

An election of officers named Tony Scully president, Melissa Savaadra secretary, and John Miller treasurer.


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Of interest to Society members

Kershaw County Historical Society member TED TOSH, introduced at our last meeting for his work underway recording burials in historic Cedars Cemetery, Campbell Street, Camden, will discuss and present his compiled data SATURDAY, JUNE 23, at 1:00 p.m. at a meeting of the OLD CAMDEN DISTRICT GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY at the Camden Archives and Museum. The meeting is open to the public.

Ted is pictured, seated, at the last KCHS meeting conversing about his work with Camden Archives staffer Lon Outen and Mrs. Outen, and, in another view, with KCHS’s youngest individual member Tyshawn Gant.

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Local history connections

View the KC Historical Society program presented by Dr. Janet Greenwood March 11, 2018, as audience and participants enjoy making local connections through history. (See previous post.)


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See You at March 11 Program! Local “Home Ties” in Worcester, Mass. Photos

In Camden for a research trip of several days, Dr. Janette Greenwood will be the main speaker for the Historical Society’s program, “Migration and Home Ties,” Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. at the Historic Robert Mills Courthouse, Camden, open to the public.

A history professor for 17 years at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, she hopes to learn and share information about historical and genealogical connections between that community and Camden. She has already located some Camden kin of families who migrated to Worcester and looks forward to meeting more. She is interested “in hearing what people know.”

At the Society program, Dr. Greenwood will share and discuss images from a recent exhibition she helped curate at the Worcester Art Museum—“Rediscovering an American Community of Color: The Photographs of William Bullard, 1897-1917.”

Joining Dr. Greenwood at the podium during part of the program will be her collaborator on the study of the photographs. Owner of the images, he is Frank Morrill, a retired teacher and history buff, who used other Bullard shots of town buildings and scenes to publish a photographic history of Worcester.

One more resource Dr. Greenwood says she will make available in Camden is “a collection of newspaper clippings from the local (Worcester) newspaper, from the 1930s through the 1970s, given to me recently by a member of an old Worcester family.” She says, “They are mostly obituaries of African Americans—and it is amazing how many people were born in Camden.”

Surnames familiar in the local area that Dr. Greenwood mentioned in the Worcester photographs or obituaries include Perkins, Benson, Carlos, Shropshire, Truesdale/Truesdell, English, Bell, Boykin, Rainey, Carlos, Brevard, Kennedy, Rhodes, Adamson, Brisbane, Fisher, Taylor, Jones, Spring, Hayes, and others.


Follow our hot links in the above article and here to find on your screen more about the William Bullard collection we screen-captured above. Thanks to Frank Morrill, Clark University, and Worcester Art Museum.

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Join us in 2018 for more good times!

Remember our Kendall Mill Village tour and Community Band concert you enjoyed last fall? Take a peek below to recall!

Our membership campaign is underway to support more great events being planned. Dues may be paid by the recent mailer you may have received, or online by paypal (bottom of right column).  We look forward to seeing you!


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