Lowcountry Summer Institute 2005

Teachers explore the remains of the fort at Colonial Dorchester.George McDaniel leads a tour of Drayton Hall.Teachers share primary source research at the South Carolina Historical Society.The group discusses teaching methods at Snee Farm.

25 teachers filled the Lowcountry Institute for two weeks of learning and exploration in the Charleston area.  Among the group were 9 returning participants who had taken part in the 2004 Institutes.  Master Teacher Mike Kreft joined Master Scholar Marty Matthews to guide the group through thought-provoking discussions on content and methods instruction.

The first week allowed participants to enjoy some of the Lowcountry’s scenic historic sites.  Travels included learning about archaeology and historical interpretation at Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site, gaining an understanding for rice cultivation at Caw Caw Interpretive Center, appreciating architecture and enjoying an in depth look at the Revolution at Drayton Hall, discussing South Carolina’s role in the formation of the United States at Charles Pinckney National Historic Site.

After the first four days of the Institute, participants were eager to have time to research, and we spent two days exploring the collections of the South Carolina Historical Society followed by a day uncovering the resources available at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture both in the heart of downtown Charleston.  Historic Brattonsville’s Kitty Wilson Evans traveled to the lowcountry to give a moving performance on slave life while the group was at Boone Hall Plantation, the Charleston Museum invited the group behind the scenes to see collections storage, and the week ended with Joel Walker from the South Carolina Department of Archives and History sharing ideas for using primary sources in the classroom with the teachers.

At the end of the two weeks, old and new friends of the TAH project had experienced history in new and excited ways that was best summed up in the words of one of our participants, “Great class, Great people, Great info. Thanks.”