Magnolia fair to focus on history

It’s easy to become familiar with the names of Lowcountry historic sites without ever understanding very much about them.

If that’s true for you, attending an event Saturday could change that.

Representatives from 41 organizations with historic Lowcountry ties will take part in the Magnolia History Fair.

The fair, sponsored by Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, takes place at that site.

“Whether you are a professional or novice at history, history will come alive at this event,” says Lisa Randle, Magnolia’s director of research and education.

Visitors will get to talk with those representing any or all of the organizations and hear about their pasts, present and plans for the future.

“It’s great for us all to be together,” says Mike Coker, assistant director of the Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon, which co-manages the Old Slave Mart Museum on Chalmers Street.

“I don’t think we have all been assembled like this before,” Coker says. “It’s a great way for us to share our common history. I hope this becomes a regular thing.”

Among the organizations taking part in the fair are Avery Research Center, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston Library Society, Drayton Hall, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, Lowcountry Africana, Middleton Place, Sons of Confederate Veterans Moultrie Camp 27 and St. Andrews Parish Church.

Master brickmaker Rick Owens, storyteller Kitty Wilson-Evans and historian Charles Williams will give presentations during the fair.

Owens will demonstrate how early American bricks were made; Wilson-Evans will portray an 18th-century enslaved worker named Kessie and Williams will portray French botanist Andre Michaux, who explored this area seeking new tree species to populate the French countryside.

Reach Wevonneda Minis at 937-5705.