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Special Events

The "Foward Together" project is sponsoring a variety of activities related to the exhibits and the theme of World War I:

  • A free Public Lecture Series by the exhibitions’ curators begins in August and continues through the fall. Each curator's lecture will be hosted by the corresponding institution. Contact each institution for additional information.

  • An Academic Symposium at the University of South Carolina will examine South Carolina’s experiences during the war as well as larger national issues, including the influenza pandemic, contributions of women and African Americans, and President Woodrow Wilson's wartime leadership and legacy. Contact Elizabeth West with questions about the Academic Symposium.

    ** NOW AVAILABLE - complete event schedule, online registration, hotel information, and more. **

  • The South Carolina Humanities Council has funded Living History Performances on President Woodrow Wilson.  The performances will be by Ed Beardsley, a retired professor of history from the University of South Carolina, who is well known for his portrayals of historic figures. Contact Fritz Hamer for more information on the performances.
Public Lecture Series
Academic Symposium
Living History Performances

August 30, 2007
South Carolina Archives and History Center
A.V. Huff

September 20, 2007
South Carolina State Museum
Fritz Hamer

October 18, 2007
South Caroliniana Library
Elizabeth West

November 1, 2007
McKissick Museum
Jason Shaiman

November 15, 2007
Historic Columbia Foundation
John Sherrer

December 6 , 2007
SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum
Krissy Dunn, Joe Long, & Sarah Wooton


















October 5-6, 2007
University of South Carolina

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Complete Event Schedule
(printable version available)

Speakers and topics:
Nancy Bristow, University of Puget Sound, The Whole World Seems Upside Down:  Americans Cope with the Great Influenza Epidemic.

Kendrick Clements, University of South Carolina, Woodrow Wilson: His wartime Administration and his attempts at post-war peace

Robert Cowley, Connecticut College, SC troops’ contribution on the Western Front

Bobby Donaldson, University of South Carolina, African American Society during the Great War: Contributions and Frustrations

Valinda Littlefield, University of South Carolina, Women’s Organizations and their contributions to the American society in WWI

Patrick Maney, Boston College, Civil Liberties and the Great War

Jim Megginson, Independent Scholar, Jackson MS, African American Servicemen from South Carolina and their contributions to Military success on the Western Front

Jennifer Speelman, The Citadel, Charleston as a Naval and Maritime center during WWI

Marjorie J. Spruill, University of South Carolina, Victory at Home and Abroad: The final push for Woman Suffrage in the Midst of World War I

William Still, East Carolina University, US Navy planning and strategy for WWI: Its successes and failures



A Frustration of High Hopes: Woodrow Wilson, the Great War, and American Rejection of the League of Nations
By Edward Beardsley

May 19, 2007 - South Carolina State Museum

August 30, 2007 - South Carolina Archives and History Center - 6:45

October 5, 2007 - University of South Carolina, Gambrell Hall, Room 153 - 4:30pm

November 15, 2007 - Historic Columbia Foundation - 5:30pm


“A Cigarette in the Ante-Room”: Kaiser Wilhelm II – Villain or Victim of World War One?
By Howard Burnham

November 11, 2007 at 3:00 - South Carolina State Museum


















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