Palmetto Scene

The Ghosts of Charleston's Old City Jail

August 13, 2019 - Posted in Palmetto Scene 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...

Former NASA Astronaut Inspires the Next Generation

August 1, 2019 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Sean Scott
Former NASA astronaut talks with kids at Charleston County libraries

Former NASA astronaut Dr. Don Thomas spent 44 days in space as part of four separate space shuttle missions. He retired from the prestigious space agency 12 years ago and now shares his stories and experiences with kids across the country. Dr. Thomas visited six libraries...

Drag Racer Pete Hill: A Legend on Two Wheels

July 10, 2019 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Sarah Pritchard
Pete Hill Trophy

Pete and Jackie Hill have been in the motorcycle game for over 50 years, but it is their accomplishments on the drag strip that have given them international recognition. In his long and successful career, Pete Hill won several national and international drag racing...

Archaeological Field School at Fort Hill

July 8, 2019 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Sarah Pritchard
Junior Carson King works in the open trench at Fort Hill on June 19, 2019.

For the second consecutive summer, a group of Clemson students is digging up a part of the university's past as a part of the six-week archaeological field school . Visiting lecturer David Markus is leading the charge to uncover the history of the enslaved persons at Fort...

A Brighter Future for Children in Foster Care

June 28, 2019 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
Foster Care

Did you know that once a child leaves the foster care system, there is a 50% chance they will be unemployed? Or, A 25% chance they will be imprisoned? But despite these negative statistics, there are also many positive outcomes—like Krystel, a former child of foster care,...

F-16 Maker Coming to Greenville

June 28, 2019 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Gavin Jackson
F-16

With BMW, Michelin and many other major companies now located in the Upstate, this area has become known as a manufacturing hub. One more company has recently made Greenville its home. Lockheed Martin held a celebration in honor of its new F-16 aircraft production line that...

Hundreds Honor Unclaimed Vietnam War Veteran at Funeral

June 19, 2019 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Sean Scott
Veterans salute during the playing of taps to honor Petty Officer 3rd Class James Miske

Petty Officer 3rd Class James Miske did not have any family at his funeral on June 14, but you would not have known that from the scene at Fort Jackson National Cemetery. Over 150 motorcyclists and an estimated 500 people from all over the country showed up for the service...

Museum of the Moon

June 10, 2019 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Libby Dallis
Museum of the Moon

The Museum of the Moon , an incredible 23-foot inflatable moon installation was placed over Dargan Street in Florence, S.C. in May 2019. Florence was the second location that this artwork, created by U.K. artist Luke Jerram , was moved to in the United States,, following a...

Island Paradise in South Carolina

May 28, 2019 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Jackie Johnson
Jamaican food

How would you like to experience the Island of Jamaica without ever leaving the Palmetto State? Well, there’s a chef in Columbia, who is teaching people all about Jamaica through food…and South Carolinians love it!

Housing the Homeless in Greenville

May 22, 2019 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Aimee Crouch
Greenville

There are currently hundreds of homeless people roaming the streets of Greenville, a city nationally recognized for its amazing growth and beauty. To help with the issue, a group of senior citizens started an initiative called SEARCHlight to help find caring solutions for...

Splashdown: The Story of USS Yorktown and Apollo 8

May 14, 2019 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
Apollo 8 saw the first Earthrise

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...

The Making of An Exhibit at the South Carolina State Museum

May 14, 2019 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Tabitha Safdi
State Museum Apollo Exhibit

To 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...

Learning History Through Excavation

May 9, 2019 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Brandie Perron
Students Working

Coastal Carolina University and Brookgreen Gardens are partnering to provide students hands-on experience with conducting archeological research on historic plantation sites. Dr. David Palmer and his anthropology and geology students are excavating an area where former...

The Future of Smart Cities

May 6, 2019 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Libby Dallis
Mt. Pleasant

Recently, the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) met in Greenville to discuss the future of local governments and how they thrive in the evolving world of technology. We learn the future of these towns and how one of South Carolina’s fastest growing...

The 'Did You Know' History of Piracy in South Carolina

April 29, 2019 - Posted in Palmetto Scene by Erich Nuzum
Blackbeard

Some of the most famous pirates known throughout the world, even in modern day, have close ties to South Carolina! In the golden age of piracy (1670-1720) Charleston S.C. was a hub for pirates such as Blackbeard, and Stede Bonnet to sell their stolen goods, and was the...

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