Posted by: Katie | 2 March 2015

Digitizing and Preserving Photos

Have you ever wanted to move your family photos from the shoe-box to the inbox? Now is the time!

Join CCPL’s Archivist, Katie Gray, for Digitizing and Preserving Photos and learn how to use a desktop scanner to turn your printed photographs into digital ones. Also, learn tips for preserving both your digital and physical photos.

Date: March 4, 2015
Time: 6:00 – 7:30
Location: Main Library, 68 Calhoun Street, 2nd Floor Classroom

This program is the first in The Digital Storyteller Spotlight Programs series.

Digital Storyteller Flyer

Posted by: Nic Butler, Ph.D. | 3 April 2014

The Charleston Time Machine

After nearly seven years of blogging here at the Charleston Archive, I’m passing the reins of this domain to Charleston County Public Library‘s “new” archivist, Katie Gray. A CCPL veteran, Katie has been our “processing archivist” for several years now, and is now a board-certified archivist. Our department is undergoing a bit of a reorganization, and Katie is stepping forward to assume the full mantle of “Archivist” and all the perquisites that attend that title.  Congratulations to Katie! Image from "The Charleston Time Machine" As for me, I’m migrating to a new “public history” endeavor that I’ve christened The Charleston Time Machine, at a new website at In my new role as “historian” for the Charleston County Public Library system, I’ll be using local history to engage with the community and to promote life-long learning. Charleston has a nearly infinite supply of colorful, intriguing stories, and I hope to educate, inspire, and entertain the community by shining a light into some of the dim recesses of our city’s past. From now on, I will use the new Charleston Time Machine blog to announce my upcoming lectures and other events. Please click on the image above to follow me into the future! Thanks everyone! Nic

Posted by: Nic Butler, Ph.D. | 2 April 2014

Bill Saunders follow-up

For those of you who weren’t able to attend our recent “Conversation with Bill Saunders” here at the Charleston County Public Library, you’ll be pleased to know that the entire program is now available online. Mr. Saunders is truly a Civil Rights legend in South Carolina, and I was very honored to have this opportunity to speak with him about the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Enjoy!


Posted by: Nic Butler, Ph.D. | 14 February 2014

A Conversation with Bill Saunders

Half a century has passed since the U.S. Congress passed a landmark law to prohibit discrimination against racial, ethnic, national, and religious minorities, and women. The Civil Rights act of 1964 was a landmark achievement for those involved in the struggle for equality in America, and we owe a great debt of gratitude to the brave individuals who fought for its passage. Fifty years later, it’s easy for the younger generations to take certain rights for granted, and so a gentle reminder is occasionally required to keep us honest and aware. In Charleston County, for example, William (“Bill”) Saunders has spent a lifetime campaigning for civil rights. Whether working to promote educational opportunities on the sea island, or fighting the rights of hospital workers in downtown Charleston, Mr. Saunders has been a major figure in keeping the struggle alive and current. In commemoration of Black History Month, you’re invited to join CCPL’s historian, Dr. Nic Butler, for a conversation with civil rights veteran and Lowcountry legend, Bill Saunders, about how far our community has come since the ratification of the 1964 law. It’s free and open to public, so please feel free to share the PDF flyer below!

Bill Saunders Flyer (click for PDF file)

Bill Saunders Flyer (click for PDF file)

Time: Wednesday, February 16th 2014 at 6 p.m.

Place: Charleston County Public Library Auditorium, 68 Calhoun Street, 29401.

Posted by: Nic Butler, Ph.D. | 30 January 2014

Postponement of Windmill Program!

Due to inclement weather, the Charleston County Public Library is closing at 5 p.m. today, January 30th, so the “Windmills in Early South Carolina” program has been postponed to Wednesday, April 16th, at 6 p.m. We are terribly sorry for the inconvenience, but we wish everyone to have a safe evening!

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