David Schenck and the Contours of Confederate Identity

This is a new book we have in the library. USC Salkehatchie professor, Dr. Rodney Steward, wrote David Schenck and the Contours of Confederate Identity.

From Cover:

Schenck’s life story provides a powerful new lens to examine and challenge widely held interpretations of secessionists, Confederate identity, Civil War economics, and home-front policies. Far more than a standard biography, this compelling volume challenges the historiography of the Confederacy at many levels and offers a sophisticated analysis of the evolution of a confederate identity over half a century.

Happy Home Baptist Church in Allendale

Happy Home Baptist Church was founded by former slaves soon after the Civil War and moved to downtown Allendale in 1875. The present building was built in 1911 in the Gothic Revival style.

A church was organized in 1827 at this site on Bluff Road near Allendale  and the name was changed to Smyrna Baptist Church in 1836.

To read more about Allendale, SC, please check out some of the following books:

The Town of Allendale: A Gem of the South Carolina Low Country by Louis Arthur Searson

Location: Salk West/Allendale

Call #:  F279.A44 S42

Pon Pon Chapel for National Preservation Month

Pon Pon Chapel of Ease was first established in 1725. The original wooden structure was replaced with a brick structure in the 1750s. It burned down at the beginning of the 1800s and was re built around 1819. It was in ruins again by the 1830s. The ruins are located on Parkers Ferry Road.

To read more about Pon Pon Chapel of Ease, check out the following books from the USC Salkehatchie Libraries!

Colleton County, S.C.: A History of the First 160 Years, 1670-1830

Call #: F 277 .C8 B79 1993

Locations: Salk East

Colleton County, South Carolina: A Pictorial History

Call #: F 277 .C8 C64 1994

Location: Salk East

Narratives of Colleton County, South Carolina

Call #: F277 .C8 G56 1984

Location: Salk West and Salk East

May is National Preservation Month

May is National Preservation Month. In honor of this, we will be posting some historic places around Colleton County and Allendale!

The first historic building is the “Little Library” in Walterboro.

Walterboro Library Society Building


803 Wichman St./Fishburne St.

Now headquarters of the Colleton County Historical & Preservation Society, the “Little Library” was built in 1820 when the Library Society was established. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

You can read more about it in Around Walterboro by Sherry J.  Cawley

New Arrival — The Reference Library of Black America

The Reference Library of Black America is one of our newest arrivals.

The Reference Library of Black America (Vols 1-5)

Location: Salk East

Call #: Ref E 185 .R455 1992 v.1

Ref E 185 .R455 1992 v.2

Ref E 185 .R455 1992 v.3

Ref E 185 .R455 1992 v.4

Ref E 185 .R455 1992 v.5

From Amazon.com:

The 5-volume Reference Library of Black America contains biographical data on an imposing roster of historical and contemporary personalities in the African American community. Historical narratives, statistical tables and graphs present in great detail nearly 500 years of history. The Reference Library of Black America is based on the African American Almanac (aka: the Negro Almanac) and is widely considered as the finest set of Black History month books available anywhere. This authoritative set provides a range of historical and current information on African American history, society and culture. You will also will find chronologies, texts of important documents and speeches, brief biographical profiles, legislation, essays, statistics and more than 800 illustrations to help with research.