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ETV Secures Grant for Hobcaw Barony Website

For Immediate Release
May 6, 2014

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ETV and the ETV Endowment have received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in support of an interactive website exploring the history and culture of Hobcaw Barony.  

The website, entitled Between the Waters, has received $294,154 from NEH. The project has also been funded by a grant from the Humanities Council SC to document archaeology conducted at Hobcaw by the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology.

“Students and the public will be able to fully investigate the complex history of this exceptional property from their computers or mobile devices,” said project director Betsy Newman.  “We’re excited by this latest curriculum resource from ETV.”  Newman previously produced the ETV documentary The Baruchs of Hobcaw, detailing the rich history of one of the South’s most pristine environments.  The new website will be a sequel of sorts, exploring Hobcaw Barony in greater detail than an hour of television allow.  The online format also lends itself to self-paced, individualized study.

Between the Waters incorporates documentary video, interviews with key historians and Hobcaw residents and staff, historical photographs, panoramic virtual tours and other interactive elements. The interface is based on a drawing, Chart of Hobcaw Barony, by artist Rockwell Kent, best known for his illustrations of the 1930 edition of Moby Dick. Kent was a guest at Hobcaw Barony in 1927.

Hobcaw Barony is a crossroads representing every era of human history in South Carolina and provides a lens through which many threads of the nation’s story may be examined. It was among the original land grants given by King Charles II to eight English noblemen, the Lords Proprietors, in 1663, with Sir George Carteret receiving the portion that included Hobcaw Barony. Over the centuries the land was divided up into more than a dozen plantations. In 1905 wealthy financier Bernard Baruch began buying the old rice plantations as a winter hunting retreat and by 1907 he had reassembled the original Hobcaw Barony. At that time Hobcaw was home to more than 100 descendants of enslaved Africans living in conditions little changed since before the Civil War, and to the Caines family – white fishermen and hunters who claimed squatters’ rights on the estate. During the Baruch era Hobcaw became a haven for world leaders including Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, as well as writers, businessmen, journalists, artists and movie stars, and the longtime occupants of Hobcaw, black and white, provided vital services as guides, caretakers and servants. In the 1930s Belle Baruch, Bernard’s oldest daughter, bought the property from her father, and at her death she founded the Belle W. Baruch Foundation, securing Hobcaw for education and research and saving it from commercial development.

The prototype website can be explored at www.betweenthewaters.org.

 

South Carolina ETV (presenting station) is the state's public educational broadcasting network.  Using television, radio and the web, SCETV's mission is to enrich lives by educating children, informing and connecting citizens, celebrating our culture and environment and instilling the joy of learning.  South Carolina ETV currently presents A Chef’s Life, Expeditions, and For Your Home on public television in addition to national radio productions Song Travels, Piano Jazz, Spoleto Festival USA, and World of Opera.

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ETV Secures Grant for Hobcaw Barony Website
Young Belle Baruch


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