Charleston Time Machine January Events

Dr. Nic Butler will offer three lectures this month:

The Grand Skedddle: Refuge Conditions in Civil War South Carolina will be held at the John’s Island Regional Library on Tuesday, January 10th at 10:15 a.m. The movement of Federal troops through our state during the years 1861-1865 displaced thousands of people and disrupted traditional food production and distribution networks. As the war raged on, many people struggled to find the basic necessities of life.  Join us for a discussion of the civilian conditions related to South Carolina’s largest refugee crisis.

Charlestonian John Laurens is Alexander’s bosom buddy in the hit musical Hamilton, but there’s more to the story than audiences realize. Hamilton and John Laurens: A Closer Look explores their wartime friendship and Laurens’ remarkable activities during the American Revolution. This talk will take place at the Main Library Auditorium on Thursday, January 12th at 6 p.m.

Dr. Butler’s last talk this month will be The Language of Libations in Early Charleston. Before clean water became available a century ago, Charlestonians of all ages drank a wide variety of alcoholic beverages every day. This light-hearted overview of the essential vocabulary related to the consumption of beer, wines, spirits, and cordials in early Charleston is scheduled for Tuesday, January 31st at 6 p.m., also at the Main Library Auditorium.

Also, don’t forget to tune in to WYLA 97.5 FM to hear Dr. Butler’s half hour local history radio program. You can also view the live stream at on Saturday and Sundays at 11 a.m.

For complete details about Dr. Butler’s upcoming program schedule, visit his blog at

NARA proposes fee increase

As many genealogists are already aware, the National Archives and Records Administration is currently proposing a revision to the NARA Federal Regulations, Part 1258, which governs reproduction fees.

In other words, you may soon be paying more for any photocopies you request from NARA. Genealogists interested specifically in Civil War research may be the hardest hit by this fee increase. If the proposal passes, the flat fee for photocopies of a complete Civil War pension file will rise from $37.00 to $125.00. According to NARA officials, the original fee amount was based on the assumption that most files would not exceed 50 pages, when in reality many Civil War pension files number 200+ pages. For more information, including the full extent of the changes and NARA’s explanation, see:

This fee increase has not been finalized, but researchers wishing to take advantage of the current rate may wish to act now.