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You've Got (Colonial) Mail - The Charleston Time Machine

4/12/2018
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Long before the invention of email, and long before the advent of the U.S. Postal Service, how did the people of early Charleston exchange letters and news with other towns, other colonies, and across the Atlantic Ocean?

Duration:00:25:11

Bicycling the Ashley River Bridge in 1897 - The Charleston Time Machine

4/5/2018
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In 1897, Charleston's leading cyclists prevailed in their fight for a bicycle path connecting the city to St. Andrew's over the Ashley River bridge.

Duration:00:17:49

Ten Women 2018

3/29/2018
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A century ago, this community was just beginning to emerge from a social, economic, and cultural rut created by backward-looking politics. To move Charleston forward, we needed to embrace new, progressive ideas and policies, especially those recognizing the equal rights of women and of the African-American population.

Duration:00:24:45

Charleston Emigrant Society of 1795 - The Charleston Time Machine

3/22/2018
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During its brief tenure, this organization embarked on a promotional campaign to lure Europeans to settle in the Palmetto State. Who was the Emigrant Society, and what were their motivations?

Duration:00:33:01

James Hoban's Charleston home - Charleston Time Machine

3/14/2018
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James Hoban, Irish architect of the White House, was introduced to George Washington in Charleston in 1791. Their fortuitous meeting here in Hoban's adopted home propelled the Irishman to international fame in the new city of Washington, D.C.

Duration:00:21:23

Charles Town's Growing Pains - Charleston Time Machine

3/7/2018
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Between 1670 and 1783, urban Charles Town evolved by degrees from a lawless market town to a corporate city with a robust municipal government.

Duration:00:30:35

The South Carolina Constitutional Convention of 1868 - Charleston Time Machine

3/1/2018
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Drafted here in Charleston 150 years ago, the South Carolina Constitution of 1868 was a "radical" document created in the midst of an important, but largely forgotten struggle for civil rights equality.

Duration:00:26:43

Denmark Vesey's winning lottery ticket - Charleston Time Machine

2/22/2018
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What do Denmark Vesey, Charleston lotteries, and the iconic "High Battery" have in common? Plenty. You can't tell the story of one without mentioning the others.

Duration:00:24:31

Rhettsbury - Charleston Time Machine

2/14/2018
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Rhettsbury or "Rhett's Point" was a colonial-era, suburban plantation that in the nineteenth century became homogenized into Ansonborough, but it has separate history and identity that deserve to be remembered.

Duration:00:15:36

George Washington's Time in Charleston, 1791 - Charleston Time Machine

2/8/2018
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President George Washington came to Charleston in 1791 with three objectives in mind: to increase support for the new Federal government, to view the area's Revolutionary battle sites, and to indulge the thousands of admirers who wished see the hero of the War of Independence in the flesh.

Duration:00:28:39

Gadsden's Wharf - Charleston Time Machine

2/1/2018
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Let's explore the evidence behind the story of how, why, and when Gadsden's Wharf played a significant role in the trans-Atlantic slave trade to North America.

Duration:00:28:23

End Of The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade - Charleston Time Machine

1/25/2018
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A brief survey of the timeline of importing Africans into the port of Charleston, from 1670 to the Constitutional end of the trade in January 1808.

Duration:00:27:01

Charleston's First Ice Age - Charleston Time Machine

1/18/2018
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The arrival of natural ice from New England in 1798 marked the beginning of Charleston's first "Ice Age," an era that transformed the culture and the flavors of our community.

Duration:00:18:42

Firewood History - Charleston Time Machine

1/11/2018
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Firewood was once a basic necessity of life in all seasons of the year. Let's explore some of the details of the firewood business to connect our senses to the sights and smells of Charleston past.

Duration:00:18:46

New New Year - Charleston Time Machine

1/4/2018
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"Lady Day" (March 25th) was "New Year's Day" for the first 81 years of Charleston, until we switched to the "New Style" calendar in 1752.

Duration:00:20:20

Charleston’s Victory Day, Part 1 - Charleston Time Machine

12/13/2017
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Let's explore the events leading up to the British evacuation of Charleston on 14 December 1782, a momentous day in South Carolina history.

Duration:00:17:08

Dart Library's 90th Anniversary - The Charleston Time Machine

12/6/2017
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In the autumn of 1927, Susan Dart Butler opened a free library in a building known as Dart Hall in downtown Charleston, and the present Dart Library is hosting a celebratory event this Saturday to commemorate ninety years of service to the community

Duration:00:20:42

Carolinas Bajan Roots, part 2

11/30/2017
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At the turn of the seventeenth century, England was very keen to get involved in the European real estate bonanza in the New World. By that time, Spain and Portugal had already claimed nearly the entire continent of South America, the southern parts of North America, and most of the islands known as the West Indies, or Caribbean Islands.

Duration:00:18:53

Thanksgiving In Early Charleston - Charleston Time Machine

11/22/2017
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It’s Thanksgiving season again, and for most people that means a day of rest, relaxation, and feasting with close friends and family. As a historian working in an old city, I have learned that Thanksgiving also includes at least ten people asking me the same question: “When was the first Thanksgiving in Charleston?” I don’t mind the question at all, but the answer is generally more complex than most people care to hear. If you don’t mind a quick stroll through the historical record of...

Duration:00:14:15

Carolina’s Bajan Roots, Part 1 - Charleston Time Machine

11/15/2017
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If you pick up any book about the origins of South Carolina in the late 1600s, you’ll be sure to find references to the island of Barbados and the great influence it exerted on our early history. Nearly 350 years later, in November 2017, a number of Lowcountry residents are collaborating with officials in Barbados to commemorate the cultural ties that continue to bind our two communities together.

Duration:00:16:57

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