The Charleston Heritage Symposium of the Preservation Society of Charleston is pleased to award the 2016 Sallie Enders Simons Scholarship to Kelly C. Kean. This competitive scholarship recognizes an outstanding student majoring in historic preservation, art history, history, museum studies, decorative arts or a related field.
At the University of California, Davis, Ms. Kean is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in American History. Her dissertation, titled “Farmers’ Plots to Backlot Stewpots: The Culinary Creolism of Urban Antebellum Charleston”, investigates the economic, social, and cultural path of food. She graduated cum laude from Willamette University.
A member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society since 2011, Ms. Kean has also been awarded the Dr. Ivan Lovell History Scholarship 2010 – 2011; the Frank L. Horton Scholarship at MESDA; the Reed-Smith Research Fund at University of California Davis, 2014, 2015, and 2016; and the Winterthur Research Fellowship 2016. Among several impressive conference presentations, the most recent have been “All-Consuming Provisions: The Role of Charleston’s Grocers in Food Distribution, 1790-1840”, South Carolina Historical Association Annual Meeting, March 2016; “The Creolized Kitchen: Interpreting the Life of a Catawba Pan from Urban Charleston, 1800-1830”, University of Georgia Green Decorative Arts Symposium, February 2016; and “African and Native Indian Influences in Lowcountry Culinary Traditions”, Research Project MESDA Summer Institute, July 2015.
Sallie Enders Simons (1927-2012) was a great supporter of historic preservation and the arts in Charleston. She attended Ashley Hall School in Charleston and graduated from St. Catherine’s School in Richmond,Virginia, after which she studied at Parsons School for Design in New York. She was a member of the Preservation Society of Charleston, The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of South Carolina, The Huguenot Society of South Carolina, and the Board of the Charleston Heritage Symposium. She was a passionate advocate for preservation, as well as an accomplished artist with a large portfolio of watercolors. Along with her wonderful sense of humor, she is remembered for a strong sense of history and community.