Tabitha Safdi

SCETV Accepting Applications for Social Media Ambassadors

By Tabitha Safdi

Social Media AmbassadorDo you love South Carolina ETV? Did you grow up watching Arthur , Mister Rogers , or another PBS Kids show? When a Downton Abbey marathon is on, do you mark it on your calendar? Then you may be a great person to represent South Carolina’s statewide public media station on social media! SCETV seeks its first class of Ambassadors. This inaugural cohort will receive special SCETV and PBS swag, be a critical part in sharing the mission of SCETV and will join a tight-knit statewide community of South Carolinians. To be considered, simply apply here ! We'll review responses and reach out the end of...

The Ghosts of Charleston's Old City Jail

By Tabitha Safdi

Jail Built in 1802 and operational until 1939, the Old Charleston Jail housed the city’s most notorious criminals. Among those criminals, John and Lavinia Fisher and members of their gang were kept there until their execution in 1820. Among other famous prisoners, Denmark Vesey, accused of planning a slave revolt in 1822, Jaque Alexander Tardy, pirate, and Civil War POWs. In 1886, the devastating earthquake that rocked most of Charleston badly damaged the Old Jail. Originally four stories, the building now sits at three stories after the fourth had to be removed due to damage. In 2000, the...

Splashdown: The Story of USS Yorktown and Apollo 8

By Tabitha Safdi

Apollo 8 saw the first EarthriseApollo 8 was launched on December 21, 1968. Apollo 8 was the first human mission, in which the spacecraft left the Earth’s orbit. It was the first manned mission to orbit the moon. There were three astronauts aboard Apollo 8: Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders. They were the first humans to see Earth as a whole planet, first to see Earthrise, and the first to see the far side of the moon. Splashdown refers to the water landing of a spacecraft into the ocean or body of water. The Apollo 8 capsule parachuted into the ocean on...

The Making of An Exhibit at the South Carolina State Museum

By Tabitha Safdi

State Museum Apollo ExhibitTo mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing, the South Carolina State Museum created a new exhibition charting the history of NASA’s Apollo program and South Carolina’s role in lunar exploration. The exhibit is called Apollo 50: Journey to the Moon . “A lot of things go into the making of an exhibit. Just from the standpoint of content, there’s finding the proper historical context, in this case, the historical context of the Apollo program being set in the late 50s, 1960s, and a little bit into the early 70s,” says Brian Jirout, Curator at the South Carolina State Museum. The...

Experience the Apollo 8 Mission

By Tabitha Safdi

Apollo 8 module at the USS YorktownAboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point is a replica Apollo 8 capsule where visitors can experience the mission. Apollo 8 was launched on December 21, 1968. Apollo 8 was the first human mission, in which the spacecraft left the Earth’s orbit. It was the first manned mission to orbit the moon. There were three astronauts aboard Apollo 8: Commander Frank Borman, Command Module Pilot James Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot William Anders. They were the first humans to see Earth as a whole planet, first humans to see Earthrise, and the first to see the far side of the moon. Splashdown refers to...

Five Haunting Tales of Ghost Stories from Around South Carolina

By Tabitha Safdi

Ghost StoriesSouth Carolina is chock-full of stories of ghosts and legends. Here are five haunting tales from around the palmetto state. Do you know of a ghost or legend story in South Carolina? Give us the SCOOP! 1. The Ghost Hound of Goshen Apparently, the Ghost Hound of Goshen or “Happy Dog” is not a nice spirit. The story of Union and Newberry counties’ famous ghost dog is one of man’s best friend who holds a grudge against the townsfolk who killed his innocent master. Now he haunts a stretch of road deep in the Sumter National Forest. But does this killer canine really exist or is it just a made-up...

ORIGINAL SC | DANCE AYDEN

By Tabitha Safdi

Dance Ayden“I dance because I want to make people happy,” says seven-year-old Ayden. Ayden loves to dance. For the last few months, he’s danced his way into hearts at Soda City Market in Columbia, South Carolina. With busker license, Ayden treks to the market with one goal…to fill people’s hearts with happiness through dance. “Every Saturday he gets up, on his own, and says he wants to go to Soda City. It’s never a Saturday where it’s not his choice to go,” says Tonya Cobb, Ayden’s mom. But not everyone was sold on the idea of dancing for a crowd, at first. “My personal filter is I would never get out...

Art Reinvents Tiny South Carolina Town

By Tabitha Safdi

ArtFieldsOnce a booming bean-farming community whose fields eventually went bare, Lake City has a new story to tell. In 2013, ArtFields started with a simple goal in mind…to honor the artists of the Southeast with a week’s worth of celebration and competition in the heart of a traditional Southern small town. The continued success of ArtFields' nine-day arts event, which quite literally turns the entire town into a public gallery, has resulted in art being brought front and center throughout Lake City. ArtFields was founded by Darla Moore and has grown into the South’s biggest arts competition. In...

S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum | Let’s Go!

By Tabitha Safdi

S.C. Confederate Relic Room and Military MuseumFounded in 1896, the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum is the third oldest museum in the state. The museum focuses on South Carolina’s military history from the Revolutionary War to the present. “History is about people,” says Joe Long, Curator of Education with the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum. “Military history is about understanding people under stress.” Visitors to the museum can explore South Carolina’s distinguished martial tradition in exhibits covering the Revolutionary War, Mexican War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I...

H. L. Hunley | Let’s Go!

By Tabitha Safdi

H. L. HunleyThe Civil War-era was one of industrious innovation and sweeping economic and cultural change. On February 17th, 1864, the H. L. Hunley became the first successful combat submarine in world history with the sinking of the USS Housatonic. After completing her mission, she mysteriously vanished and remained lost at sea for over a century. For decades, adventurers searched for the legendary submarine. Over a century later, the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA), led by New York Times-bestselling author Clive Cussler, finally found the Hunley in 1995. News of the discovery traveled...

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