Confederation of South Carolina
Local Historical Societies
 

In the early 1960s, South Carolina realized it had a pleasant kind of challenge to meet. All over the state, almost 100 enthusiastic organizations existed to encourage the study of "nearby history." They included roundtables and study circles; museum and preservation commissions; local research, archival and genealogical societies; and various combinations thereof. How could everyone work together at the state level to promote the study and preservation of our rich community histories?

 

An important part of the answer to that question was the creation of the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies. On April 4, 1964, representatives of fourteen historical societies met at Batesburg-Leesville and officially organized the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies. The Lexington County Historical Society sponsored the meeting, and Dr. Charles E. Lee, then director of the South Carolina Department of Archives and History, supported its creation. The Confederation’s first annual “Landmark Conference” was held in 1965 in Hilton Head and Savannah, with the South Carolina Federation of Women’s Clubs and the National Trust for Historic Preservation as co-sponsors.

The Confederation's mission is to encourage and strengthen local organizations involved in the preservation and study of historical documents, sites, buildings, and artifacts through the exchange of information and cooperative activities. Today, the Confederation has about fifty member organizations. Members include historical societies, commissions, foundations, preservation groups, museums, archives, and patriotic organizations. The Confederation is governed by an executive council, made up of statewide officers and regional representatives from ten county clusters or districts.

 

The 2014 Landmark Conference will take place on Wednesday, March 26 through Friday, March 28 at the Calhoun County Museum in St. Matthews, SC. Conference Registration Information (PDF)

 

 

What the Confederation Does for You and South Carolina

 

Awards and Recognition 

An annual Confederation awards program recognizes historical organizations for outstanding achievements in local history. The Confederation also sponsors several awards for individuals including the Alexander S. Salley Professional Service Award, the Robert N. Pryor Volunteer Service Award, and the Margaret Watson Award for an outstanding research paper on South Carolina history written by an undergraduate student at one of South Carolina's colleges.

2013 Awards Winners (PDF)
2012 Awards Winners (PDF)
2011 Awards Winners (PDF)
 

Confederation Awards Criteria (PDF)
Awards Nomination Form (PDF)
Margaret Watson Undergraduate History Award Criteria (PDF)

Margaret Watson Undergraduate History Award Winners:
2011, “The Orangeburg Massacre,” by Amy Pulaski (PDF)
2012, “United Ministries’ Changing Methods of Compassion,” by Tim Anglea (PDF)
2013, "Andrew Jackson - Sinner or Savior," by Christine Rice (PDF)
 

Networking 

The Confederation offers educational programs with topics of interest to local historical organizations and opportunities to come together with people from similar organizations around the state to share ideas and experiences. The Confederation also assists the Department of Archives and History in maintaining the Directory of South Carolina's Local History, Historic Preservation, and Cultural Organizations (PDF).

 

Advocacy 

The Confederation educates the South Carolina General Assembly about issues of interest to local historical organizations. For example, the Confederation recently advocated the approval of state tax incentives for historic preservation projects and funding to allow the Research Room at the Department of Archives and History to open on Saturdays.

 

South Carolina Hall of Fame 

The Confederation is the official nominating body for the South Carolina Hall of Fame. Each year member organizations of the Confederation submit names of candidates to the Confederation's Executive Council, which selects ten nominees for each of the two categories---contemporary and deceased. The list of nominees is sent to the Hall of Fame's Board of Trustees, which elects one inductee from each category.
 

Hall of Fame Nomination Form (PDF)

South Carolina Hall of Fame Inductees For 2013

Deceased category: William Glover Farrow

Contemporary category: Cale Yarborough

Membership
Membership in the Confederation is open to all historical, genealogical, cultural and heritage organizations based in South Carolina, both non-profit and for-profit. Membership dues are based on organization size and are currently $30 per annum for organizations with less than 100 members, and $50 per annum for organizations with 100 or more members.
 

Membership Application and Renewal Form (PDF)

Confederation Constitution (PDF)

 

       
          Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies

           Officers and Members of the Executive Council, 2013


Officers:


President

Mr. J.R. Fennell

Director Lexington County Museum

P.O. Box 637

Lexington, SC 29071

(803) 359-8369

jrfennell@lex-co.com

 

Vice-President
Mr. Bob Barrett
3903 W. Eagle Street
Florence, SC 29501
(843) 617-0050 (c)
barr1947@bellsouth.net

 

Secretary

Ms. Gina White

Winthrop University
145 Saluda Street

Chester, SC 29706

(803) 581-2452 (h)

(803) 323-2334 (w)

whitegp@winthrop.edu

 

Treasurer

Ms. Becky Slayton

728 Gatewood Drive
Roebuck, SC 29376
(864) 431-1571
reslayton@gmail.com
 

Ex-Officio

Mr. Mike Scoggins

Historic Brattonsville

212 East Jefferson Street

York, SC 29745

(803) 684-3948
micscoggins@chmuseums.org

 

Council Members:


District 1: Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Oconee, Pickens, and Spartanburg Counties

Ms. Anne Sheriff

988 Old Shirley Road

Central, SC 29630

(864) 888-7387

sheriff@innova.net

 

District 2: Abbeville, Greenwood, Laurens, McCormick, Saluda, and Edgefield Counties

Ms. Meade Hendrix

Saluda County Historical Society

116 Sardis Road

Saluda, SC 29139

(864) 445-2686 (w)

(864) 445-8410 (h)

meadehendrix@earthlink.net

 

District 3: Chester, Lancaster, Union, and York Counties

Ms. Ann Evans
The Springs Close Family Archives
P.O. Box 2091
Fort Mill, SC 29716
(803) 547-4557
ann@2bowles.com
 

District 4: Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, and Richland Counties
Mr. Ben Hornsby
1801 N. Beltline Blvd.
Columbia, SC 29206
(803) 673-2299 (c)
(803) 782-6404 (h)
bfhornsby@hotmail.com

 

District 5: Aiken, Allendale, Calhoun, Bamberg, Barnwell, and Orangeburg Counties

Ms. Brenda Baratto

Aiken County Historical Museum

805 River Bluff Road

North Augusta, SC  29803

(803) 613-1178 (h)
(803) 270-9400 (cell)

bbaratto@aikencountysc.gov

 

District 6: Clarendon, Kershaw, Lee, and Sumter Counties

Mr. Charles Broadwell
2804 Girard Drive

Sumter, SC 29150

(803) 409-2127

charlesb@ftc-i.net

 

District 7: Chesterfield, Dillon, Darlington, Florence, Marlboro, and Marion Counties

Mr. Randy McAllister
3902 Cherry Johnson Road
Effingham, SC 29541
(843) 662-5317
 

District 8: Georgetown, Horry, and Williamsburg Counties

Ms. Jill Santopietro
Georgetown County Museum
632 Prince Street
Georgetown, SC 29440
(843) 545-7020
jill.santopietro@georgetowncountymuseum.com

 

District 9: Berkeley, Charleston, and Dorchester Counties

Ms. Georgette Mayo

Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
College of Charleston

125 Bull Street

Charleston, SC 29424

(843) 953-7627
(843) 953.7612 (Fax)
(843) 813-6511 (c)

mayog@cofc.edu

 

District 10: Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, and Jasper Counties

Ms. Sherry Cawley

Walterboro Historic Preservation Commission

116 Charles Street

Walterboro, SC 29488

(843) 549-5757 (h)

(843) 549-3317 (Fax)

(843) 908-0746 (c)

sherrycawley@lowcountry.com

 

 

The Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies encourages South Carolinians to use our rich history in an inclusive way to build goodwill and better communities. We urge your organization:
"Don't just celebrate the past---use it."