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Discussion Series to be held at South Carolina State Museum

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The South Carolina State Museum will be holding a series of discussions and talks in conjunction with its new exhibit on the American Revolutionary War in South Carolina.

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The events are as follows:

Saturday, June 14

• “The Spy Named Emily,” from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. The State Museum’s education department will produce a family-friendly play, “The Spy Named Emily,” where young museum guests will be starring in the play as they learn about Emily Geiger, a young patriot spy. Guests will also be able to experience what life was like during the American Revolution by seeing replicas of objects from the time period. In addition, there will be a fun game of Jeopardy that will challenge guests with questions based on the exhibit.

• “Fighting for Freedom” at 1 p.m. Dr. Anthony J. Scotti Jr., a history instructor at Midlands Technical College will discuss the importance of the Revolution in South Carolina and highlight some key battles. Dr. Scotti has published many scholarly articles including Brutal Virtue: The Myth and Reality of Banastre Tarleton (2002).

Saturday, June 21

• “Real People, Making Real Decisions, in Real Time” at 1 p.m. John McCabe, chairman of the State Museum Foundation Board, will focus on South Carolinian partisan, political and continental army leaders. Subjects will include Francis Marion,William Danger Thompson, Henry Laurens and others who faced internal struggles pitting neighbor against neighbor.

• “Trying to Keep the Southern Frontier Quiet, 1776- 1780” at 3 p.m. Dr. Fritz Hamer, curator of published materials at the South Caroliniana Library, will explore how in 1776 the Cherokee nation thought they could push the white settlers off their lands with British assistance. This presentation will examine the fallout of the Cherokee war on native groups and the tenuous effort of George Galphin, American Commissioner for Southern Indian affairs, to keep them neutral.

Saturday, June 28

• “Women of the Revolutionary War” at 1 p.m. JoAnn Zeise, curator of history at the State Museum, will put the lives of women in 18th century America in context by exploring their roles in society and the creation of republican motherhood. While looking at women from all kinds of racial and social backgrounds, Zeise will focus on several South Carolina women whose lives and actions made great contributions to the war effort and the creation of our new country.

All of these events are included with Museum admission or membership. The Museum is located at 301 Gervais Street and the front entrance is now open after being closed for several months due to construction.

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