Daniel Library Friends explore Charleston's history, culture
The spring lineup for The Daniel Library Friends book club will transport participants into the cultural wonders of Charlestons past and present.
Events will span history, from the Revolutionary War in Charleston with distinguished historian Bill Gordon to fabulous paintings of Charleston with artist West Fraser. Also included is the 4th Emily Whaley Memorial Garden Tour into the wonderful gardens of Ansonborough.
All events are free, except where noted, and will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Prioleau Room of the Daniel Library on The Citadel campus.
The Bombardment of Fort Sumter with Kyle Sinisi
When: Tuesday, January 22
What: The bombardment of Fort Sumter in April of 1861 by Confederate forces, led by Gen. Beauregard, and the withdrawal of United States forces, led by Maj. Anderson, are defining moments in the romantic mystique of Charleston. Find out what really happened with Professor Sinisi, a talented, astute historian.
The Charleston Poetry Society with Harlan Greene
When: Tuesday, February 12
What: Harlan Greene will discuss the founding of the poetry society and how it helped shape the cultural revival that came about in Charleston in the 1920s. Mr. Greene is a noted archivist and scholar of South Carolina history. His new book, Mr. Skylark, is the story of John Bennett and his contemporaries.
Gospel Music with Mount Zion's Male Chorus
When: Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 pm. in Summerall Chapel
What: The famed Mt. Zion Male Choir will sing classic Gospel music following a warm up by The Citadel Gospel Choir.
When the Earth Shook, Charleston, 1886 with Bob Stockton
When: Tuesday, February 26
What: Bob Stockton knows Charleston and its architectural history from A to Z. His outstanding book on the earthquake of 1886, The Great Shock, will form the basis of his presentation that will include slides.
The Emily Whaley Memorial Garden Tour
When: Sunday, March 10
What: This 4th annual garden celebration will feature nine gardens in Ansonborough, a unique and historic Charleston neighborhood. Gardens include a Japanese enclave, a swimming pool grotto, an 18th century parterre maze, and an elaborate water garden. The event begins at St. Stephens Episcopal Church with a spiritual concert. Also included is a reception in the notable garden of Mr. and Mrs. Peter McGee. Call 843-953-7691 for reservations and details. Price is $65. Event begins at 1 p.m. at St. Stephens Church. There is public parking in the area.
Charlestons Intimate Gardens with Sheila Wertimer
When: Tuesday, March 12
What: Sheila Wertimer is one of Charlestons foremost landscape architects. She has designed wonderful, intimate Charleston gardens, rooms with a view. She has also been involved with the redesign of Francis Marion Square. Her garden design at Milford Plantation is a delight. She will use slides to amplify her vision of the perfect garden.
Charleston and South Carolina under Siege with Bill Gordon
When: Tuesday, March 26
What: Professor Bill Gordon knows his Colonial history from the Swamp Fox to the Battle of Eutaw Springs. If you ever wondered how Charleston fared in the bloody civil war of the American Revolution, this is the time to go beyond The Patriot.
Great Architecture in Charleston and its Precedents with Gene Waddell
When: Tuesday, April 9
What: Charlestons exquisite architectural monuments whether Palladian or Neoclassical were designed by a combination of professional architects and master builders. Gene Waddell is an authority on the building guides and books that were relied on in the 18th and 19th century. This is an opportunity to learn of the Charleston/Italian/Roman/Greek nexus.
Charleston, a Beautiful City with West Fraser
When: Tuesday, April 23
What: Artist West Fraser has captured Charleston at its most inspiring. His paintings show all the elegance and mystery of one of Americas supremely beautiful cities. His works span the gamut from dramatic sunsets over the Ashley to intimate views of light reflecting from iridescent surfaces. This is a chance to meet the artist, and purchase a signed copy of his new book, Charleston in My time: The Paintings of West Fraser.
For more information about the Daniel Library Friends, contact Library Director Angie LeClercq at 953-5116