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DigiBridge Lectures Explore Local History and Culture

Digibridge Lectures
Wed, 07/08/2020

Beginning on Tuesday, July 21 at 2:00 p.m. with a presentation by popular folklorist Elizabeth Huntsinger, the Georgetown County Library System (GCLS) will broadcast live a series of ten humanities lectures by local specialists who will explore various elements of Georgetown County’s deep and diverse history and culture. Because of COVID-19 concerns, library meeting rooms are currently closed to public gatherings. The “DigiBridge” online presentations will provide engaging educational content for library patrons and community members during this time, while also enabling folks to contribute to real-time Q&A sessions following each presentation through Facebook Live. All presentations will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. in July and August, and will be free and openly available to the public online on the Georgetown County Library Facebook page. To view the presentations live, go to the Georgetown County Library Facebook page at the scheduled date and time: You do not have to have a Facebook account to watch the presentations on the Georgetown County Library Facebook page. In addition, if you miss one of the presentations on Facebook Live, all ten presentation will also be made available for viewing afterwards on the Georgetown County Library YouTube page:

The DigiBridge lecture series is sponsored by a $7,500 Bridge Grant from South Carolina Humanities, Funding for the Bridge Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan. GCLS Director Dwight McInvaill said, “We are indeed grateful for the stalwart support of SC Humanities. This generous grant has enabled us to continue our humanities programming throughout our mainly rural, diverse, and small-town county.” The grant is designed to engage independent scholars who are very knowledgeable about Georgetown County’s special local heritage. The scheduled presenters include a host of respected names, who will speak to a rich range of subjects including the area’s Gullah heritage, maritime history, ghostlore, a notable female indigo planter, and several important African American voices.

The full schedule of ten presentations is as follows:

  • Tuesday, July 21 at 2:00 p.m.: Elizabeth Huntsinger, “Georgetown Historic Ghostlore”
  • Thursday, July 23 at 2:00 p.m.: Steve Williams, “‘Stony the Road We Trod’: Twelve Notable Black Georgetonians”
  • Thursday, July 30 at 2:00 p.m.: Vanessa Greene, “A Continuum of Spirits: A Pictorial Presentation of Gullah Life in Georgetown County”
  • Tuesday, August 4 at 2:00 p.m.: Vennie Deas Moore, “Traveling the Historic Waters of Georgetown’s Winyah Bay”
  • Thursday, August 6 at 2:00 p.m.: Justin McIntyre, “The History of the Battleship USS South Carolina, America’s First Dreadnought”
  • Tuesday, August 11 at 2:00 p.m.: Marilyn Hemingway, “Continuing the March for Social and Economic Justice in Georgetown County”
  • Tuesday, August 13 at 2:00 p.m.: Zenobia Washington Harper, “The Gullah Dream Keeper”
  • Tuesday, August 18 at 2:00 p.m.: Bud Hill, “Indigo Girl Eliza Lucas Pinckney: One of the Most Influential Women in American History”
  • Thursday, August 20 at 2:00 p.m.: Laura Herriott, “The History of Wilma’s Cottage on Sandy Island”
  • Tuesday, August 25 at 2:00 p.m. or Thursday, August 27 at 2:00 p.m.: Dedric Bonds: “The Legacy of Georgetown’s Committee for African American History Observances (CAAHO)”