History Forum of the Lowcountry

Founded in 2012, The History Forum is presented monthly by the Coastal Discovery Museum between September and May.

This series of historically or culturally oriented programs is intended to encourage discussion about the Lowcountry region’s fascinating past. Since its inception, the Museum has hosted over 50 speakers who have shared their knowledge with our members and visitors. Speakers have included university professors, museum curators, authors, archivists, librarians, not-for-profit directors, archaeologists, anthropologists, and first-person interpreters. Join us at the History Forum to dig deeper into our area’s unique history – from the experts. For a list of past presenters and subjects, click here.

Offered at no charge to Coastal Discovery Museum members at the Supporting or above level; $5 per person for Basic Members; $10 per person for non-members.   Please contact 843-689-6767, ext. 224 to register. All programs are at 3 PM unless otherwise noted.

2019 – 20 History Forum Schedule:

September 24, 2019 – “Francis Marion and the Battle of Parker’s Ferry” – Doug Bostick, CEO of the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust
Francis Marion, the “Swamp Fox,” is a familiar name in South Carolina.  Join us to learn about the Battle of Parker’s Ferry from Doug Bostick, Executive Director and CEO of the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust. Located about 30 miles from Charleston, near Jacksonboro, the Battle of Parker’s Ferry took place on August 30, 1781. Although outnumbered, Francis Marion set up an ambuscade along a causeway about a mile from the Ferry.  The British advancing along the causeway took heavy casualties and were forced to withdraw.

October 15, 2019 – “Emancipating the Past: Reinterpreting Savannah’s Best Historic Site  – Shannon Browning-Mullis, Curator of History and Decorative Arts – Telfair Museum

For decades, enslaved people have been invisible in the Savannah history that was presented to our visitors.  Finally, a few historic institutions are taking a stand to share a full history of the people who lived and worked on their sites.  The Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters is proud to share the stories of the complicated and intimate relationships between the most powerful and least powerful people in the city of Savannah in the 1820s and 1830s.  Telfair Museums’ Curator of History and Decorative Arts, Shannon Browning-Mullis, will share stories from the lives of people who were enslaved on the site through the lens of historical documents.

November 14, 2019 -“Between The Waters: A Brief History of Hobcaw Barony” – Lee Brockington, author and Coordinator of Public Engagement at Hobcaw Barony

Learn of the 16,000-acre plantation in Georgetown County, privately owned by The Belle W. Baruch Foundation serving as SC’s premier research reserve. On the National Register of Historic Places, an International Biosphere, a NOAA National Estuarine Research Reserve and an active SC Tree Farm, Hobcaw Barony hosts the scientific Baruch Institutes of Clemson University and the University of South Carolina and a new Humanities Institute of Francis Marion and Coastal Carolina Universities. Ecology and history combine to unravel the past story of Native Americans, African Americans, rice planters and northern hunters, but its present and future were laid out by the last single owner, Belle Baruch, who crafted a plan for research and education. Lee Gordon Brockington introduces and discusses “Belle’s legacy.”

December 3, 2019 – All Day – Member Field Trip to Charleston to visit the Charleston Museum and the H.L. Hunley.  $73 per person (lunch on your own) – Reservations will open 9/26/19.

The History Forum of the Lowcountry, in association with the Coastal Discovery Museum, is pleased to offer to its members a field trip to historic Charleston on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.  We will visit The Charleston Museum, America’s first museum, and the Warren Lasch Conservation Center to see the Hunley in its current state of restoration.  The Hunley was the first successful submarine in history that was deployed in Charleston during the American Civil War.


January 2020 – “African Americans in the Civil War” – Donald West, Ph.D – Professor of History, Trident Technical College.

February 2020 – TBD

March 5, 2020 – “The Stone Fleet” – Jim Spirek, South Carolina State Underwater Archaeologist, SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology.

April 2020 – “The History of Tabby” – Colin Brooker, Historic Preservationist and Tabby Expert

May 2020 – TBD

May 2020 – Membership field trip to Bluffton for visits to historic sites.