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2018 Program

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2018 Charleston Heritage Symposium. Limited to 80 patrons, the Symposium offers a delightful flower-filled spring weekend in this historic South Carolina seaport renowned for its landmark buildings, magnificent homes and gracious hospitality.

Join our outstanding roster of presenters as we not only examine beautiful rooms and objects designed especially for entertaining, but also enjoy amusing stories of famous Charleston hostesses.

We are delighted to have Marcee F. Craighill, Director and Curator of the State Department’s Diplomatic Reception Rooms open this year’s program as the Keynote Speaker on Friday evening. These rooms serve our country and the purpose of diplomacy by hosting heads of state and foreign delegations, as well as U.S. visitors and students.

In addition to lectures, we will be visiting two period Charleston homes which are being opened by the owners especially for the Symposium. The superb early 19th century home, circa 1806, is filled with exquisite architectural detail and furnishings, while its award-winning garden offers more “rooms” to welcome guests. The other private home, the magnificent Italianate Villa-style Charleston single house, circa 1857, was built on a grand-scale and has welcomed many distinguished visitors, including President Franklin D. Roosevelt.

As the Charleston Heritage Symposium tends to sell out quickly, you are encouraged to sign up early.

FRIDAY, MARCH 16, 2018

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Symposium Registration and Opening Night Reception:
Old Federal Court Room, 23 Chalmers Street
Built in the early 19th century, the building housed the U.S. District Court from 1845 to 1860 before becoming part of the Confederate Home and College property. In 1867 Mary Amarinthia Snowden and her sister, Isabella Yates Snowden, established a home for Confederate widows and orphans. Later, they started a college on the premises for the education of young
women. The spirit of compassion of the Snowden sisters lives on today as the Confederate Home and College is a source of 5 college scholarships and moderately priced housing for qualified residents.

6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Designed for Diplomacy: The Diplomatic Reception Rooms,U. S. Department of State
Keynote Address with Marcee F. Craighill, Director and Curator, Diplomatic Reception Rooms, U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.

Introduction by Symposium Moderator and Curator-in-Residence,
Robert A. Leath, Chief Curator and Vice President of Collections and Research, Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts at Old Salem, Winston-Salem, NC


8:15 a.m.
Coffee Service: Old Federal Court Room, 23 Chalmers Street

8:45 – 9:15 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks
Kristopher B. King, Executive Director, Preservation Society of Charleston, Charleston, SC

9:15 – 10:15 a.m.
The Design of Drinking, From the Jazz Age to the Space Age
John Stuart Gordon, Benjamin Attmore Hewitt Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts,Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
It’s all Greek to me: an Entertaining Look at Greek Revival Architecture
William Hosley, Cultural Resource Marketing & Development Consultant, Terra Firma Northeast

11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Asleep at The Switch: Repose and Room Use in Early America
Philip Zea, President, Historic Deerfield, Deerfield, MA

12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Midday Break Box lunches are being provided
Old Federal Court Room, 23 Chalmers Street

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Huzzah to the General and President: Dining with George Washington
Carol Borchert Cadou, SVP Historic Preservation and Collections, George Washington’s Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, VA

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Saints and Sinners and Three O’Clock Dinners: Some Episodes in Charleston’s Entertainment History
Harlan M. Greene, Head, Special Collections Addlestone Library, College of Charleston, Charleston, SC

6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Evening Soirée at the Huger-Maybank House (c. 1857) 8 Legare Street
Built 1857-1858 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Cleland Kinloch Huger –Burnet R. Maybank House is one of the earliest Italianate-inspired dwellings constructed in Charleston and is an excellent example of a well-preserved and substantial Italian Villa-style Charleston single house with its unique triple parlors. The home served as U.S. Senator Burnet Rhett Maybank’s primary residence during the formative years of his political career as Mayor of Charleston and as a state politician in the 1930s, hosting local leaders including Susan Pringle Frost as well as state and national officials such as President Roosevelt.

Shuttles are provided to the Huger-Maybank House from the Old Federal Court Room.

SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sunday Morning Entertaining at the Isaac Motte Dart House (c. 1806)
The Isaac Motte Dart House, on the National Register of Historic Places, was built in a transitional style popular in Charleston at the turn of the 18th century, with a Georgian central hall and decorative details of Federal design. The present owners restored the house to its original beauty with its ornate plaster friezes, cypress wainscoting, and ne mantels ornamented with exquisite details. A Gothic Revival Carriage house sits behind the main house in the midst of the stunning and award-winning Italianate garden, with seven “rooms”, designed by the current owners.

The renovation architect, Richard “Moby” Marks, who worked with the owners on the restoration, will present his thoughts and discoveries during the process.

This special visit includes Bloody Marys and a light brunch.
Shuttles are provided to the Isaac Motte Dart House from the Old Federal Court Room.