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Citadel News Service

For Release
January 7, 2003

Spring library friends events announced

          The Citadel's Daniel Library Friends events continue in 2003 with the first event set for Tuesday, Jan. 14.

          Was the Civil War a revolutionary war? Emory Thomas, the visiting Mark Clark History Professor at The Citadel and distinguished Robert E. Lee biographer, will answer that question during his talk, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Daniel Library on The Citadel campus.

          Thomas' address is one of several events sponsored by the Daniel Library Friends at The Citadel. The monthly programs examine Charleston's history and culture through speeches, demonstrations, seminars and slide presentations. This year's schedule includes a special event May 6 featuring author Antony Beevor, a No. 1 best-selling writer in the United Kingdom.

          All programs are free and open to the public. Parking on campus is also free.

          Other upcoming events include:

Charleston's Finest- A tour of three mid-town churches and the Manigault House
When: 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church
What: This walking tour with Jonathan Poston features St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, the Second Presbyterian Church, New Tabernacle Fourth Baptist Church and the Joseph Manigault House. Poston is the expert on 18th and 19th Century Charleston. Walking shoes recommended. Reservations required by calling 843-953-7691. Cost is $35.

German POWs in Charleston, 1943-1946
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, Daniel Library
What: Dr. Fritz Hamer of the South Carolina State Museum is an authority on the 8,000 German and Italian prisoners of war who were brought to South Carolina on empty LSTs and cargo vessels. During this period there were a total of over 370,000 German POWS in the U.S. Learn more about his unique chapter in World War II history.

Miss Alice R. Huger Smith and her role in the Charleston renaissance
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11 in the Daniel Library.
What: Roberta Sokolitz, noted author and art critic, will use her unique collection of slides to reveal the extraordinary depth and diversity of Alice R. Huger Smith's paintings. Charlestonians remember Miss Alice for her liquid, romantic watercolors of the Lowcountry, and for her presence in two pink houses-her studio on Chalmers Street and her house on Church Street.

Special spring exhibit of Richard Porcher's wildflower prints
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18 in the Daniel Library
What: Throughout the spring months Professor Richard Porcher's superb photographs of the wildflowers of South Carolina will be on display in the Daniel Library. Dr. Porcher will provide a slide lecture on the wildflowers featured in his book. A reception in his honor will follow.

The Mount Zion Male Choir and Lowcountry Gospel celebration
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 in Summerall Chapel
What: The Mt. Zion Male Choir is one of Charleston's premier singing groups. The Lowcountry's African-American musical heritage is rich with the beautiful cadences of Gospel music. Come sing along and enjoy an evening of music.

The 5th Emily Whaley Memorial Garden Tour
When: 1 p.m. Sunday, March 9
What: This 5th annual garden tour will feature 12 gardens on South Battery and Legare Streets. This is a premier horticultural and landscape design tour. There will be a garden expert in each garden to point out highlights. The self-guided tour begins on either Tradd or Legare streets. Cost, which includes a reception afterward at 18 Legare St., is $50. Reservations are required. Call 843-953-7691.

From slavery to freedom in 19th century Charleston
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 11 in Daniel Library
What: Dr. Bernard Powers of the College of Charleston History Department will focus on the character of slavery and free blacks in antebellum Charleston, and how their experiences were transformed by the end of the Civil War and emancipation. Dr. Powers will also explore the growth of the African American community, it's labor and education and the church in the post-war period.

Chef Bob Waggoner of the Charleston Grill -- Cooking Live!
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 in the Daniel Library
What: Chef Waggoner is one of Charleston's top culinary experts and The Charleston Grill is renowned for its Lowcountry cuisine. Chef Waggoner will show us how to cook beef tenderloin and create the perfect accompanying sauce. Come prepared to learn about style and grace at the table, and also have a taste-tempting treat.

World War II from a Citadel veteran's perspective
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 in Room 165 in Bond Hall
What: Lt. Col. A. Preston Price (USA, Ret.), Citadel Class of 1943, recalls the life of cadets between 1941 and 1943, as they prepared to go to war, and recounts his own combat experiences when he
served with the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division ("The Big Red One") in Europe. Price will sign copies of his new book, The Last Kilometer: Marching to Victory in Europe with the Big Red One, 1944-1945.

A Brookgreen Garden tour with Curator of Sculpture Robin Salmon
When: Noon Sunday, April 6
What: The tour leaves The Citadel bound for Brookgreen garden and a special tour of this elegant garden's extraordinary sculpture. A picnic lunch will be served along the way. Reservations are limited to the first 28 people. Cost is $45. Call 843-953-7691.

The siege of Charleston, 1863-1865 with Richard W. Hatcher III
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 8 in the Daniel Library
What: Rick Hatcher has worked for the National Park Service as the historian for the Fort Sumter National Monument. He will focus on U.S. military operations to take Fort Sumter and capture Charleston during the 19-month long siege.

The Fall of Berlin with Antony Beevor
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 in the Daniel Library
What: Antony Beevor is the No. 1 best-selling author in the United Kingdom. Learn more about the last days of World War II through this talk, and his book, The Fall of Berlin, 1945. A book signing will follow.

          For additional information about The Citadel's Daniel Library Friends or events, contact Angie LeClercq at 843-953-1267.

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