Local history on the menu

Today, the Powder Magazine stands restored but essentially unaltered and is the oldest public building between Virginia and Florida.

CHARLESTON - The Powder Magazine is hosting an eight-week lunch and lecture series beginning in October -- and Charleston's colonial past, its ghosts and graveyards are on the menu.

The nonprofit museum is teaming up with local restaurants to raise awareness and promote its education programs in local schools, as well as at the museum.

Lunch will be provided at the lectures at The Power Magazine at 79 Cumberland St. Each program runs from noon until 1 p.m. on Wednesdays.

--Oct. 6: Mayor Joe Riley talks about his work in the city over the course of 35 years as mayor. Lunch will be provided by Dixie Supply Bakery & Cafe.

--Oct. 13: Local writer and historian Julian "Vic" Brandt will offer stories of Carolina's noble, yet curious, past. The lunch will be provided by Bocci's Italian restaurant.

--Oct. 20: Charleston Museum curator Grahame Long will discuss the artisanship and symbolism present in Lowcountry cemeteries. Lunch will be provided by A. W. Shucks.

--Oct. 27: Ed Macy will talk about his research into Charleston's supernatural phenomena and tell a few of the city's ghost stories. Lunch will be provided by Tommy Condon's Irish Pub.

--Nov. 3: George Fields, director of the military heritage program at the Palmetto Conservation Foundation, will look at the American Revolution from an Upstate perspective. Lunch will be provided by Cru Cafe.

--Nov. 10: Local author and tour guide Michael Coker will relate several tavern-related stories from Charleston history, with lunch provided by The Griffon Tavern.

--Nov. 17: Citadel professor David Preston discusses the French and Indian War. Lunch will be provided by The Buccaneer.

--Nov. 24: Charleston native and tour guide Sue Bennett will tell stories of intriguing Lowcountry women through history. Lunch provided by Hyman's Seafood & Aaron's Deli.

The lectures have been approved to qualify for licensed tour guide recertification.

Advance tickets are required; tickets are $16 per lecture or $116 for the entire series. To buy tickets, go to www.powdermag.org/programs.html or call The Powder Magazine at 722-9350