Culture

Saving South Carolina's Constitutions

October 16, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina's Constitution of 1861 underwent a lamination preservation process.

Millions of historic documents in the U.S., from presidential papers to personal slave journals, are facing an issue apart from age: a preservation method that has backfired. The process of laminating documents between sheets of cellulose acetate film, widely practiced from...

"Woodbines in October"

October 16, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
NatureNotes

Rudy shares poems by Charlotte Fiske Bates, " Woodbines in October ," and " Autumn ."

Hard to Identify Songbird

October 13, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A male common yellowthroat.

The female common yellowthroat songbird is harder to identify than the male, especially in its first year.

"M" is for Marlboro County

October 13, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
Marlboro County

"M" is for Marlboro County [480 square miles; population 28,818]. Marlboro County was formed in 1785 and named for the Duke of Marlborough. Its boundaries have remained virtually unchanged since then: bounded on the west by the Great Pee Dee River; on the north and...

Border Collies Exhibit Herding Prowess on the Farm and at the Fair

October 12, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Laura Hunsberger
Bill Coburn presenting his Border Collie Demonstration at the South Carolina State Fair in 2016.

At Windy Knolls Farm in Laurens County, Bill Coburn raises ducks and sheep. He’s retired from farming, but he still spends time on one of his favorite occupations: training border collies. The shaggy mid-sized dogs have a natural instinct to herd animals, and Coburn says he...

The History of the South Carolina State Fair

October 12, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
An advertisement for the fair appears in the Keowee Courier (Pickens Court House, S.C.), October 18, 1905.

With October come two certainties: Trick-or-Treaters will be abroad on the 31st, and the South Carolina State Fair will attract thousands to Columbia. In this edition of Walter Edgar's Journal , from May 5, 2016, Dr. Rodger Stroup, retired Director of the South Carolina...

Two-Striped Walking Stick

October 12, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A female two-striped walking stick with a male on its back.

The male two-stripped walking stick is much smaller than the female.

"L" is for LeConte, Joseph

October 12, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"L" is for LeConte, Joseph [1823-1901]. Geologist. Educator. After graduating from the University of Georgia, LeConte studied medicine in New York. Returning to Georgia, he established a medical practice in Macon. He later studied natural history at Harvard and became a...

New Exhibit Allows Visitors To Care for Sea Turtles

October 11, 2017 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Lynn Cornfoot
sea turtle

The S.C. Aquarium has been a leader in sea turtle recovery efforts since the year 2000, but now there is an interactive exhibit that lets the public play the role of the turtle care team.

"O" is for Oliphant, Mary Chevillette Simms [1891-1988]

October 11, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
Mary Oliphant

"O" is for Oliphant, Mary Chevillette Simms [1891-1988]. Historian. Born in Barnwell County, Mary C. Simms Oliphant was the granddaughter of novelist and historian William Gilmore Simms. In 1917 the state superintendent of education asked her to update her grandfather's...

A River Cruiser Provides a Feast for a 'Halloween' Spider

October 11, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
Swift river cruiser (Macromia illinoiensis) dragonfly - male.

A listener finds a marbled orb weaver spider recycling an Illinois river cruiser dragonfly.

"J" is for Johns Island Presbyterian Church

October 11, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
Johns Island Presbyterian Church Marker

"J" is for Johns Island Presbyterian Church. The Johns Island Presbyterian Church is one of the oldest Presbyterian congregations in South Carolina. Scots minister Archibald Stobo founded the congregation in 1710.The first church, of cypress siding and shingles, was erected...

Combing the Beach for...Elephant Teeth?

October 10, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
 American mastodon tooth (molar) from the Pleistocene of North America.

A listener finds a tooth on Edisto Beach which may have belonged to a mastadon.

The Snake's Last Meal

October 10, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Rudy Mancke
A Canebrake Rattlesnake.

A necropsy on a canebrake rattlesnake reveals its last meal.

"N" is for National Guard

October 10, 2017 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Walter Edgar
South Carolina From A to Z

"N" is for National Guard. The South Carolina National Guard evolved out of the state’s militia. In 1905 the organized militia was renamed the South Carolina National Guard and in 1916 all state militias were converted into a national reserve force. Guardsmen were activated...

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