Three February talks hosted by Historic Beaufort Foundation (HBF) in partnership with the University of South Carolina Center for the Arts will bring renowned South Carolina historians to share lectures on Partisans, Patriots, and Founders in the Winter Lecture Series.

Presenters include John McCardell, Lawrence Rowland and Stephen Wise. Admission to the three lectures is $30 for HBF members, $35 for non-members, and full-time students with valid student ID can participate for $20.

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“The American Revolution helped solidify Beaufort and the Lowcountry’s position as an economic and political leader among the Colonies,” HBF Executive Director Cynthia Jenkins said. “We are delighted and fortunate to offer our third Winter Lecture Series featuring the three most renowned Beaufort County historians of our time.”

Lectures will cover:

February 1: The coming of the Revolution and the first shots – Lawrence S. Rowland and Stephen R. Wise

February 8: Wartime state and the national governments and the fight for independence – John M. McCardell and Stephen R. Wise

February 15: The war’s aftermath and a new beginning – Lawrence S. Rowland and John M. McCardell

All the presentations will be held at the USC Beaufort Performing Arts Center on Carteret Street in historic downtown Beaufort.

About the Lecturers

John McCardell

John McCardell graduated from Washington and Lee University and earned his Ph.D. in history from Harvard University. For his dissertation, The Idea of a Southern Nation, he earned the 1977 Alan Nevins Prize by the Society of American Historians. McCardell served as vice-chancellor of Sewanee: The University of the South from 2010 until June 2020.

Larry Rowland is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History for the University of

Larry Rowland

South Carolina, Beaufort, and previously held roles with USC as Professor of History and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College in New York and both his Master’s degree and Doctorate from the University of South Carolina. He has authored numerous books and articles about South Carolina and the Sea Islands.

Steve Wise

Steve Wise is director of the museum for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Wittenberg University, his Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, and his PhD from the University of South Carolina. He has written and edited several books and articles including Lifeline of the Confederacy: Blockade Running During the Civil War, and Gate of Hell: The Campaign for Charleston Harbor.

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