Trace African American Roots Beyond the 1870 Census

African American family historians may have difficulty locating information on their ancestors before the 1870 Federal Census. Learn some helpful tips and techniques for successful genealogy research during a presentation by Marianne Cawley, manager of CCPL’s South Carolina Room. For more information about the event, contact the South Carolina Room at or 843-805-6956.

When: Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Cooper River Memorial Library, 3503 Rivers Avenue


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

Charleston Time Machine’s November Events

Charleston Time Machine November 2016 Events FlyerDr. Nic Butler, CCPL’s Historian, will offer three lectures this November around town:

The Forgotten Pleasure Gardens of Early Charleston will be held at the Hurd/St. Andrew Regional Library on Monday November 14th at 6 p.m. The lecture examines the role that early gardens and horticulture played in the social life of Charleston.

Sergeant William Jasper: An Enigmatic Hero will take place at the unveiling of the Ft. Moultrie U.S. quarter on Thursday, November 17th at the Fort Moultrie Visitor’s Center.

The 250th Anniversary of Charleston’s First Orchestra offers a look at the history of the St. Cecilia Society, which began as a subscription concert organization. Dr. Butler will draw from his book on the Society, Votaries of Apollo, for this lecture which will be held at the Main Library on Tuesday, November 29th.

For complete details about each program this month, visit Dr. Butler’s blog,

The Brothers Bequest: Germans in Charleston, South Carolina

The Brothers Bequest by Dr. Robert Alston JonesJoin Dr. Robert Alston Jones for a discussion of his book The Brothers Bequest: Germans in Charleston, South Carolina which presents a vivid picture of the lives of 19th-century German immigrants who established “new” lives in “old” Charleston. Dr. Jones is a native Charlestonian and Professor Emeritus of German at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase following the discussion, and a portion of the proceeds go toward the Friends of the Library.

When: Monday, November 7, 2016, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where: Mt. Pleasant Regional Library, 1133 Mathis Ferry Road


When: Monday, November 7, 2016, 6-7:30 p.m.

Where: Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street

Theodosia Burr Alston and Other Hamilton Characters in Charleston

Andra Watkins

Andra Watkins

You’ve heard of the hit musical Hamilton. But how many characters actually spent time in Charleston or touched our city in some way? New York Times bestselling author Andra Watkins takes her audience on a romp through history.

Where did George Washington have a drink? Did Aaron Burr visit a favorite haunt? Was Theodosia unnaturally close to her father as some claimed?

See historical layers more colorfully, and get your very own copy of Andra’s newest book, Hard to Die. It weaves an afterlife story for Theodosia Burr Alston, ill-fated daughter of Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton’s killer. Part of the proceeds from book sales during the event will benefit the Friends of the Library.

When: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Main Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street