Life on the homefront during the Civil War is the focus of Charleston History and Inspiration, a continuing education course offered by Trident Technical College. This course will meet 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 13-Oct. 4 at the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Palmer Campus, 66 Columbus St., downtown Charleston. Cost is $125.

Course topics include:

--"Daily Homefront Battles: Women and Children," Helen Sughrue, re-enactor.

--"Living History of Civil War Families," Bob Sherman, Middleton Place interpretative coordinator.

--"The Music Continues," Nic Butler, South Carolina Room librarian and author.

--"Northern Women, Southern Perspectives," Ruth Miller, tour guide and researcher.

--"Civilian Achievements," Brooke Foxe, Waring Historical Library, Medical University of South Carolina.

--"Soldiers' Suppers and Blockade Dinners: The Civil War Food History of Charleston Harbor," Olivia Williams, Fort Sumter park guide, with Mary Hatcher, volunteer.

--"The Heir's Property Threads from Civil War to Present," Tish Lynn, resource development coordinator for the Center for Heirs' Property Preservation.

Charleston History and Inspiration is approved for recertification for tour guides by the city of Charleston Tourism Commission.

To register, visit or call 574-6152. For more information, call 574-6655.