Historic Beaufort Foundation will host a unique 5-part lecture series on the history of the Old Beaufort District from settlement to the 20th century. The series to be held at the USCB Center for the Arts, 805 Carteret Street, will begin on Thursday evening January 13, 2022, at 6:00 p.m. and will continue every Thursday evening through February 10, 2022.

This rare opportunity to experience Beaufort’s history as presented by three of South Carolina’s leading historians:  Dr. Lawrence S. Rowland, Dr. Stephen R. Wise and Dr. John M. McCardell, Jr., will bring to life the Beaufort District and its developmental role in the region, the state and the nation. Tickets may be purchased by individual lecture or 5-part series.

  • Thursday, January 13 – Exploration, Settlement & Revolution, 1521-1782 Presented by Dr. Lawrence S. Rowland and Dr. Stephen R. Wise
  • Thursday, January 20 – “King Cotton,” “Calculating the Value of the Union,” and the Mindset of Beaufort, 1783-1860

Presented by Dr. John M. McCardell, Jr. and Dr. Lawrence S. Rowland

  • Thursday, January 27 – The War of the Rebellion & the Rehearsal for Reconstruction, 1860-1868                                                 Presented by Dr. Stephen R. Wise
  • Thursday, February 3 – Reconstruction, Recovery & Redemption, 1868-1913

Presented by Dr. Lawrence S. Rowland

  • Thursday, February 10 – The Twentieth Century, 1910 – 1970

Presented by Dr. Lawrence S. Rowland and Dr. Stephen R. Wise

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.historicbeaufort.org.


The Speakers


John McCardell, Jr. Ph.D.

Dr. McCardell, Vice Chancellor Emeritus of Sewanee, The University of the South and retired Professor of History, is a distinguished historian and respected national leader in liberal arts education. A scholar of the American South and a prolific writer, Dr. McCardell is author of The Idea of a Southern Nation, which won the Allan Nevins Prize in 1977, and has authored may essays, chapters, articles and book reviews. His specialty is U.S. history in the 19th century with special emphasis on the Old South and on American historiography.

A member of Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa, Dr. McCardell received his A.B. from Washington and Lee University and Johns Hopkins University; his doctorate from Harvard; LITT. D. from Washington and Lee University; L.H.D., from St. Michael’s College; and L.H.D. from Middlebury College. He has been honored with grants and fellowships from the American Philosophical Society, the National endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute for Southern Studies.

Lawrence S. Rowland, Ph.D.

Dr. Rowland is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of History for the University of South Carolina, Beaufort and previously held roles with the University as Professor of History and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He holds a Bachelors of Arts from Hamilton College (New York), and both a masters and doctorate from the University of South Carolina. Professor Rowland is author of numerous articles, books and book reviews on South Carolina and Sea Island history including the following:

The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina, Vol. I, 1514-1861, with Alexander Moore and George C. Rogers, Jr., 1996. (Columbia: USC Press, 1996) Window on the Atlantic:  The Rise and Fall of Santa Elena, South Carolina Spanish City (South Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1990.) The Civil War in South Carolina: Selections from the South Carolina Historical Magazine, Co-editor with Stephen G. Hoffius, (Charleston: Home House Press, 2011). The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina, Vol. II and Vol. III, 1861-1990, with Steven R. Wise and Gerhard Spieler. (This volume is in process.)

Stephen R. Wise, Ph.D.

Dr. Wise,  Museum Curator and Cultural Resources Manager at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, has written and edited a number of works including Lifeline of the Confederacy: Blockade Running During the Civil War, a highly acclaimed, comprehensive account of the Confederate effort to deliver supplies through the northern blockade and Gate of Hell: The Campaign for Charleston Harbor 1863, which received the South Carolina Historical Society award as the best book written in 1994 on South Carolina History.

Dr. Wise received his Bachelor of Arts from Wittenberg University and a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University. He received his doctorate from the University of South Carolina.


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