Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses Tom Poland's recent book, South Carolina Country Roads – Of Train Depots, Filling Stations & other Vanishing Charms published by History Press. Tom is the author of fourteen books and more than 2,000 magazine features and columns. He writes about the South, its people, and culture and he travels back roads looking for forgotten places to bring back to life.
In this episode, Sarah and Kerry discuss some poetry-related items from our collection. Kerry tells us all about Helen von Kolnitz Hyer who was the second poet laureate of South Carolina and has three different books in our collection. Sarah talks about two books: A Season in the Hour: Poems from the Prisons of South Carolina from Frank Graziano and Home is Where: an Anthology of African American Poetry from the Carolinas from Kwame Dawes.
Books by Helen von Kolnitz Hyer:
- Danger never sleeps (1970) – A collection of poetry.
- What the Wind Forgets: A Woman’s Heart Remembers (1975) – Written to honor Archibald Rutledge, the first poet laureate and someone she considered a mentor and friend.
- Santee Songs (1923) – From our rare books collection.
- Find more information about Helen in the South Carolina Encyclopedia.
In this new episode format, Dr. Curtis Rogers sits down with two South Carolina State Library staff members, Sarah Pettus and Kerry Jeyschune, who work in the library's Collections and Digitization department to discuss items from the library's collection. In celebration of Women's History Month, Sarah and Kerry discuss Sarah Leverette and Maria Martin, two women important to South Carolina's contemporary and pre-Civil War history.
- Sarah Leverette: South Carolina lawyer, teacher, mentor, groundbreaker by Becci Robbins
- More booklets are also free online through the South Carolina Progressive Network.
- Maria Martin’s World: Art & Science, Faith & Family in Audubon’s America by Debra J. Lindsay
- The Audubon Reader by John James Audubon, edited by Richard Rhodes, published by Everyman’s Library
- Maria Martin's entry in the South Carolina Encyclopedia.
Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses the new University of South Carolina Press book They Stole Him Out of Jail: Willie Earle, South Carolina’s Last Lynching Victim, by Dr. William B. Gravely. Dr. Gravely is Professor Emeritus of Religion at the University of Denver and is a graduate of Wofford College, Drew University, and Duke University where he received his PhD in 1969. He recorded the recollections of journalists, law enforcement officers, attorneys, clergy, and relatives of Willie Earle, who was lynched on February 17, 1947. The recordings and other primary documents are available online at the William Gravely Oral History Collection at the University of South Carolina Libraries Digital Collections website.
Dr. Curtis Rogers discusses the Columbia SC 63 initiative and State Library's exhibit with Dr. Bobby Donaldson. Professor Donaldson is an associate professor of history at the University of South Carolina and leads the Center for Civil Rights History and Research, housed in the Hollings Special Collections Library. He also serves as the lead scholar for Columbia SC 63: Our Story Matters, a documentary history initiative that chronicles the struggle for civil rights and social justice in Columbia.