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The Powder Magazine Dispatch - August 2016
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The Powder Magazine Dispatch - August
On Saturday, August 20, join Karen Stokes at The Powder Magazine from 1-4pm. Stokes is an archivist with the South Carolina Historical Society. She has authored three books with The History Press/Arcadia Publishing: Confederate South Carolina: True Stories of Civilians, Soldiers and the War, South Carolina Civilians in Sherman's Path: Stories of Courage Amid Civil War Destruction, and The Immortal 600: Surviving Civil War Charleston and Savannah. Stokes's presentation is sponsored by The History Press/Arcadia Publishing. Be sure to check back every month to see which authors are presenting at The Powder Magazine!
Gunpowder: The Spark that Changed the World
Local students Molly Kerr and JH Leigh visited The Powder Magazine for a National History Day project. Their presentation focused on inventions that changed the world; their topic was gunpowder. What better place to visit than a building that was built for gunpowder storage? Watch their short presentation above.
Join The Powder Magazine this fall for the 8th annual Lunch & Lecture Series! The topic this year is "History in Hollywood." Local historians will discuss what famous historical movies got correct... and not so correct! Stay tuned for more information, including the speakers, movies, and lunch providers.
Did You Know? On August 27, 1780, Declaration of Independence signer Thomas Heyward, Jr. was arrested by British troops and detained in Charles Town's Old Exchange Building. Mere hours after being arrested, he and 28 other “Ringleaders of the Rebellion” were moved to a guard ship waiting in the harbor. A week later, the men were transported to St. Augustine, Florida and remained there for about eleven months until freed in a prisoner exchange.
On August 27, 2016, experience this historic event for yourself through a special reenactment presented by The Charleston Museum, The Powder Magazine, and The Old Exchange Building. The event begins with the raising of His Majesty’s colors by soldiers at the Powder Magazine at 9:45 am. Once orders for the day are received, soldiers will be dispatched to Mr. Heyward’s house, where they will remove him from the premises and lead him as to The Old Exchange. The public is welcome to follow the morning’s activities to and from each site! Feel free to dress in your finest colonial garb and support either the Patriots or Loyalists! This event is free!

A special thanks to The Old Exchange and Historic Charleston Foundation for photos from last year's event!
Tony Youmans, Director of the Old Exchange Building, portrays a British officer reading the arrest warrant
Mrs. Heyward protests her husband's arrest
British soldiers (OXB staff), Thomas Heyward (Alan Stello, The Powder Magazine), and Thomas Grimball (Sonny Marshall)
The featured gift shop item for August is The ACE Basin: A Lowcountry Legacy by History Press/Arcadia author Pete Laurie. Laurie gave an interesting presentation at The Powder Magazine on July 16, teaching visitors about the importance of the ACE Basin and its flora and fauna.

Remember to reply to this Dispatch with your name to enter to win a copy of The ACE Basin! Did you miss the presentation and want a copy? Call The Powder Magazine at 843-722-9350 or visit our gift shop!
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