History

South Carolina Women and World War I

January 29, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
A Red Cross nurse with an American flag and the Red Cross symbol. (Artist: Howard Chandler Christie)

Dr. Amy McCandless, professor emerita of history at the College of Charleston, joins Dr. Edgar for a public Conversation on South Carolina History, World War I: S.C. Women during the War. The conversation took place at USC’s Capstone Conference Center, in Columbia, on...

Journalist Robert Cox and the Newspaper That Published Dangerous Truths

January 15, 2018 - Posted in SC Public Radio by Alfred Turner
Robert Cox (with Maria Hinojosa, WGBH, Boston)

The Buenos Aires Herald ceased publication in July of 2017, almost 141 years after its founding. The paper became famous, however, only in the latter part of the 20th century, for exposing the forced disappearances of Argentinians during the 1976-83 military dictatorship...

The History of Halloween

October 27, 2017 - Posted in Local by Lynn Cornfoot
pumpkins

Costumes, candy, haunted houses, and ghost stories...everything we think of when it comes to Halloween, but it wasn’t always this way. We take a look at how this spooky holiday has transformed over the centuries.

The History of the South Carolina State Fair

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

(Originally broadcast 05/05/17) - 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...

Groundbreaking Historical Marker Installed in York, SC

June 9, 2017 - Posted in Local by Kaitlyn Cannon
Liberian Migration Marker in York, SC

Allison Creek Presbyterian Church in York County, South Carolina , has a history that not many people know about. Allison Creek Presbyterian Church Pastor, Sam McGregor , explains, “It’s the greatest story of African American liberation that’s never been told…that centered...

Sights and Sounds: Tartan Day South

April 14, 2017 - Posted in Local by Kaitlyn Park
men in kilts with tartan day south sign

Tartan Day South is an annual celebration of Celtic heritage that recognizes the history and impact of the Scots, Irish, Welsh and Scots-Irish have had on the Columbia region. Hosted at the Historic Columbia Speedway, there are classic highland athletics, music, food and...

South Carolina's Important Role in African American History

February 20, 2017 - Posted in Local by P.A. Bennett
African-American History

February is African American History Month. Some may ask “Why celebrate African American history...isn’t that American history?” Absolutely, but unfortunately, for hundreds of years, much of the history related to those of African descent was either totally ignored or...

Postcard From the Past Mobilizes a Columbia Historic Church to Restoration

February 16, 2017 - Posted in Local by K. Park and T. Safdi
Ebenezer Lutheran Church

“We’re excited to be a part of history today,” said Jane George Holmes. Holmes is a member of Ebenezer Lutheran Church, which saw an exciting addition of two new cupolas to its storied chapel on Monday, February 6. Construction crews readied cranes to hoist the cupolas into...

South Carolinian Helps Preserve Southern History by Giving Walking Tours

February 16, 2017 - Posted in Local by Kaitlyn Cannon
Robert Ryals, owner of Walkin' Talkin' Tours

Fort Mill resident Robert Ryals has devoted his life to living history. He is a ‘story-teller of facts’ and tour guide for Walkin’ Talkin’ Tours , which he co-owns with his wife. Of his career path he says, “If you’re pursuing your passion, you never have to work a day in...

75 Years Later, Rock Hill Resident Reveals a Truth About Pearl Harbor

December 7, 2016 - Posted in Local by Kaitlyn Cannon
Manning Kimmel, grandson of Admiral Husband Kimmel.

This December marks the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor, a “date that will live in infamy,” according to former president Franklin Roosevelt. His speech continues as he explains that December 7, 1941 is the day when “the United States of America was suddenly and...

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