Pee Dee Institute 2005

Wardie and Marty putting their heads together over a primary source at the Darlington Historical Commission.Teachers explore the Williamsburgh Historical Museum during a guided tour.The FLorence County Museum shares its resources with participants.Group photo with "Franics Marion" at the Santee National Wildlife Refuge

In 2005, TAHSC hosted a Summer Institute in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina for the first time.  The 18 participants hailed from 8 school districts and joined Master Scholar Marty Matthews, Master Teacher Wardie Sanders, and the TAH staff for two bustling weeks of travel and exploration. 

During the first week, the group was on the move meeting with Chris Judge from the Department of Natural Resources, visiting the Williamsburgh Historical Museum, enjoying a bus tour with the Swamp Fox Mural Society and an afternoon chat with Francis Marion at the Santee Wildlife Refuge, traveling to Columbia for research at the Archives and History Center and a tour of the State Museum, and getting a chance to explore the South Carolina History Room at the Florence County Library.  

After a weekend of well-deserved rest the TAH teachers found themselves cruising through Marion on a trolley tour, learning about South Carolina’s agricultural history at the SC Cotton Museum, understanding the past through the experiences of the enslaved at Francis Marion University’s Hewn Timber Cabins, delving into primary source research at Darlington Historical Commission, and concluding the Institute with a tour of the diverse collections at the Florence Museum of Art, Science, and History. 

The enthusiasm of the participants and the wealth of local resources made the Pee Dee Institute a resounding success.  The Pee Dee proved to be a great start for the summer ahead and a wonderful beginning to TAH Summer Institutes in the region.