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Columbia, after Sherman's troops went through in 1865

HISTORY: Last months of the Civil War

End of the Civil War: Whether bitter amid defeat, devastation, and memories of the past or optimistic amid victory, freedom, and expectations for the future, South Carolinians would struggle with the results—and the legacy—of the war for generations to come.

by · 04/06/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
REVIEW: Girls Like Us

REVIEW: Girls Like Us

Biddy and Quincy, two young women with mental disabilities, have graduated from high school and been placed together as roommates in the home of Miss Lizzy, an older woman in their community who is in need of assistance. They are as different as can be — Biddy, sweet and pliable; and Quincy, hostile and aggressively independent — except for their mutual experiences of abuse, neglect, and insults.

by · 04/06/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
HISTORY:  Mules

HISTORY: Mules

A mule is a hybrid animal that results from breeding a male donkey with a female horse. Although mules have gender (males are called “horse mules” and females “mare mules”), they are sterile and cannot reproduce.

by · 03/30/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
REVIEW: The Quiet Streets of Winslow

REVIEW: The Quiet Streets of Winslow

The Quiet Streets of Winslow is a starkly beautiful work of literary fiction masquerading as a murder mystery. The calm, lyric tone of Judy Troy’s prose takes her reader away to the sparse, open spaces of northern Arizona and into the hearts of her characters.

by · 03/30/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
POEM: Ten more reasons to come back as a pelican

POEM: Ten more reasons to come back as a pelican

By Laurel Blossom | Kafka said a book must be an axe for the frozen sea within us.

Because pelican means axe

Even if you don’t believe in it, wouldn’t you like to come back as something useful?

by · 03/30/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Palmetto Poem
Ms. Harris with some of her pots.  More info here.

HISTORY: Georgia Harris, Catawba potter

Georgia Harris grew up watching these talented family members at work in clay, and she began making pottery seriously around the age of ten.

by · 03/23/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
HISTORY:  Palmetto Pigeon Plant

HISTORY: Palmetto Pigeon Plant

While serving as an infantry captain during World War I, the Sumter attorney Wendell M. Levi set up the Pigeon Section of the U.S. Army Signal Corps, having had experience raising homing pigeons as a hobby. Harold Moïse, an air force pilot and a graduate civil engineer with building expertise, shared Levi’s interest in pigeons. In 1923, the two men founded the Palmetto Pigeon Plant on 13 acres of farmland in Sumter County and recruited state senator Davis Moïse to be vice president of the firm.

by · 03/16/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
REVIEW:  The Good Luck of Right Now

REVIEW: The Good Luck of Right Now

Although Matthew Quick explores various aspects of mental illness, the story is never morose. The reader will find himself uplifted by the courage and determination of Bartholomew and his friends. Highly recommended. The Good Luck of Right Now.

by · 03/16/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews
From a World War II poster on malaria.

Malaria

Malaria was arguably the most significant disease in the history of South Carolina from the colonial period until the early twentieth century. It attracted less public discussion than yellow fever and smallpox, but its impact in terms of morbidity and mortality was much greater.

by · 03/09/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, S.C. Encyclopedia
REVIEW:  Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

REVIEW: Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Do your favorite stories include a rotting corpse? Does part of you wish you had become a mortician, funeral director, or embalmer? Have you spent hours thinking about bodies decomposing in the ground, or smoldering in the fire of cremation? Yes? Then Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is required reading.

by · 03/09/2015 · Comments are Disabled · Features, Reviews