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CHARLESTON, S.C., Oct. 30.--We've all asked the question "How did people survive before the days of ... ?"

     The answer to that question and the remedy for many of life's inconveniences will be disclosed on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in a lecture by Lt. Col. Angie Sinkler Whaley LeClercq, L.D., director of Daniel Library at The Citadel. The lecture is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Room 165, Bond Hall, on The Citadel campus and will be presented by the Daniel Library Friends. A reception in the Rare Book Room of Daniel Library will immediately follow.

     Author of An Antebellum Plantation Household, Dr. LeClercq will transport the audience back in time to the cooking, housekeeping and medicine of a 19th century homemaker in the Carolina Lowcountry before supermarkets, drug stores and modern appliances.

     Using slides and excerpts from her book, LeClercq will provide a glimpse into the life of her great-great-great grandmother, Emily Wharton Sinkler, who managed provisions and created cures for a household of more than 200 and still found time to enjoy the balls and teas of Charleston society. LeClercq's book includes the recipes and remedies of the plantation woman and uncovers mysteries such as preserving eggs before the invention of refrigerators and killing mosquitoes without the advantage of insecticides.


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