Magnolia Plantation offered a one-stop-shop in all things Charleston history Saturday at its first history fair.
The plantation collaborated with about 40 local organizations, institutions and businesses to inform people of the rich culture in our area.
Neighboring plantations Drayton Hall and Middleton Place also participated, sharing their historical significance.
Lisa Randle, Director of Research and Education at Magnolia, said the event brought together resources and attractions that people, even locals, may not have known about. She said it was a great way to plan a “stay-cation” or itinerary for visiting relatives.
Shelia Harrell-Roye of the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center said having a table at the fair allowed the center to demonstrate “how far reaching education is.” Avery provided information about African-American and Gullah culture, preservation efforts and center research.
Lowcountry Africana, with locations in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, was there to help people find their own history, by offering free genealogy sessions. Founding director Toni Carrier said sometimes it’s difficult for African-Americans to get past a certain point when charting their genealogy, but Lowcountry Africana is there to help.
“It’s important to research family history now while there is a living older generation,” Carrier said. “Our goal is to get records out there and raise awareness of our resources.”
Lowcountry Africana Senior Editor Ramona La Roche said people should keep in mind when trying to trace their genealogy that relatives name’s may be listed under different spelling.
“It’s like being a detective,” La Roche said.
Randle said the event was more successful than they expected and they are already planning for next year.
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Isabella Coley, 5 1/2, of John’s Island, touches an alligator held by Chris Smith, zoo curator at Magnolia Plantation.×
Paul Carden, with Keepers of the Word Native American Ministry, keeps cool.×
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