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Program

We look forward to welcoming you to the 2022 Charleston Heritage Symposium, Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Symposium
Benefitting the Preservation Society of Charleston

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 us as we celebrate being together again, celebrate Charleston, and
celebrate Voyages of Discovery led by our outstanding presenters.

We are honored to have Stewart D. McLaurin
President of The White House Historical Association,
open this year’s program as the Keynote Speaker on Friday evening.

In addition to engaging lectures, we will be visiting two historic private homes, opened by the owners especially for the Symposium. We will examine the architecture, furnishings, and lovely garden of a superlative private early 19th-century classic Charleston single house.  We then will enjoy an exclusive visit and study tour of a magnificent mid-19th century private home recently restored.
As the Charleston Heritage Symposium tends to sell out quickly, you are encouraged to sign up early.

FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 2022

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. It is still known as the Confederate Home. 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. 
John Hoban, Architect of the White House
Keynote Address with Stewart D. McLaurin
President, The White House Historical Association, Washington, D.C.

Introduction by Symposium Moderator and Curator-in-Residence, 
Robert A. Leath, President,
Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, Hillsborough, NC

SATURDAY, MARCH 12, 2022

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

9:00-9:15 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks and Preservation Society Overview

9:15-10:15 a.m.
Discovering Robert Mills, American Cultural Influencer
Emilie Johnson, Ph.D., Associate Curator, Thomas Jefferson Foundation, Monticello, VA

10:30-11:30 a.m.
Imported British Furniture for the South
Thomas J. Savage, Director of Educational Travel and Conferences
Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Williamsburg, VA

11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
The Draytons vs. The Griswalds – an 1806 Vacation Adventure
Carter C. Hudgins, Ph.D. President & CEO, Drayton Hall Preservation Trust
Charleston, SC

12:45-2:00 p.m.
Midday Break
Box lunches are being provided 
 Old Federal Court Room, 23 Chalmers Street

2:00-3:00 p.m.
If These Walls Could Talk: Art and Abolition on the Walls of a Lowcountry Home
Daniel K. Ackermann, Ph.D.,
Chief Curator & Director of Research, Collections, and Archaeology
Old Salem Museums & Garden & The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts [MESDA]

3:15-4:15 p.m.
Tiffany’s Parakeets: The Biography of a Window
Nonie Gadsden, Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA

4:15-4:30 p.m.
Symposium Synopsis and introduction to the evening Study House, the Magwood-Moreland House
Robert A. Leath, President,
Classical American Homes Preservation Trust, Hillsborough, NC

6:00-7:30 p.m.
Evening Soirée at the Magwood-Moreland House (c. 1825) 
Built in 1825 this wonderful example of a Charleston single-house, the Magwood-Moreland House was built by Simon Magwood, a wealthy planter, for his daughter Susan who married Andrew Moreland, hence the name "Magwood-Moreland House." The interior boasts exquisite woodwork with heart of pine floors. The lovely garden has been landscaped by Robert Chestnut, a noted Charleston landscape architect.  The house is noted for its original foundation consisting of crisscrossed palmetto logs, which has helped the house withstand almost 200 years of hurricanes, earthquakes, cyclones and floods.

Shuttles are provided to the Magwood-Moreland House from the Old Federal Court Room.

SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2022

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Study Tour of the John Ravenel House (c. 1847-1849)
This grand three story stuccoed brick house was built between 1847 and 1849 by John Ravenel. Ravenel, of Huguenot descent, was a prominent Charleston merchant and built one of the leading shipping houses of the time.
The house was originally built in the Greek Revival style. It was transformed to the Italianate style, popular in ante-bellum Charleston, after the 1886 earthquake.
Learn more about this multi-year restoration project undertaken by Richard Marks Restoration and Glenn Keyes Architects and the steps they took to mitigate flooding in one of Charleston’s most flood-prone neighborhoods. Richard Marks and Glenn Keyes will lead the Study Tour.

This special visit includes Bloody Marys and a light brunch.