Guest Speakers, Authors, & Other Events

Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library Dedication
2005 Marjory Wentworth, South Carolina Poet Laureate

Friends Annual Meetings

2004 Josephine Humphries, author of Nowhere Else on Earth

2005 Janette Turner Hospital, author of The Last Magician: A Novel

2006 Alston Purvis, author of The Vendetta: FBI Hero Melvin Purvis

2007 Rodger Stroup, South Carolina Department of Archives and History

2008 Jack Bass, author of The Orangeburg Massacre

2009 Cassandra King, author of The Same Sweet Girls

2010 Stephen Hoffius, Editor
Northern Money, Southern Land: The Lowcountry Plantation Sketches of
Chlotilde R. Martin

2011 William W. Starr, Author of
Whisky, Kilts, and the Loch Ness Monster: Traveling through Scotland with
Boswell and Johnson

2012 Mary Whyte, author of Working South, Painting and Sketches

2013 Tom Pollard, author of Save the Last Dance for Me

Guest Authors/Speakers

2005 Dr. Ann Kulze – Dr. Ann’s 10 Step Diet

2005 Mary Kay Andrews – Hissy Fit

2005 Aunt Pearlie Sue (performance) – Tales from the Land of Gullah

2006 Sara Ellington and Stephanie Tripplett – The Mommy Chronicles

2006 Paula Millen – Executive Director Humanities Council South Carolina
Presentation: “Are You Booked for Summer?”

2006 David White – Bitter Ocean: Battle of the Atlantic 1939-1945

2006 Colonel Barry Wingard – Presentation: “Returning From Tour of Duty in Afghanistan”
Introduction by Dr. Scott Kaufman, FMU History Professor

2006 Local Author Recognition – Friends Holiday Drop-In

2007 Julie Cannon, Karin Gillespie, Jackie Miles – The “Dixie Divas” Talk About Their Work and Friendships

2008 Senator Fritz Hollings – Making Government Work – South Carolina Political Collections (display)

2008 E.N. Zeigler
Village to City, Florence, SC 1853-1893
When Conscience and Power Meet: A Memoir

2009 Carolyn Hart & Margaret Maron: Mystery Authors of
Dare to Die and Death’s Half Acre

2009 Marjory Wentworth
South Carolina Poet Laureate
National Library Week

2009 Stanley Lanzano
Photographer and Author
True Places: A Lowcountry Preacher, His Church, and His People
Featuring the Lighthouse of Jesus Christ Choir

2009 Friends of South Carolina Libraries Regional Meeting

2010 Ron Rash, Serena

2010 Batt Humphreys, Dead Weight

2010 John Thompson, Armageddon Conspiracy

2010 Thom Anderson, Remembering Florence: Tales from a Railroad Town

2010 Photography by N.B. Baroody, Narration by M. H. Baroody
The Unexpected Visitor

2010 Larry A Grant, Editor
Caissons Go Rolling Along: A Memoir of America in Post-World War I Germany
by Major General Johnson Hagood

2012 “Bubber” Jenkinson
River Road
Sponsored by Allegro Literary Club

2012 Mary Whyte
Down Bohicket Road

2013 Benedicte Valentiner
Bedtime and Other Stories from The Presidents Guest House

Fundraising Events with Authors

2004 A Prairie Home Companion The Rhubarb Tour featuring Garrison Keillor and the Guy’s All Star Shoe Band – Florence Civic Center

2004 Hard Hat Party for Opening Day Collection

2006 Janet Evanovich, author of The Stephanie Plum Series – “Friends Only” Meet and Greet Party

2006 “The Low Country Ladies of Fiction”
Mary Alice Monroe, Marjory Wentworth, Josephine Humphries
Breast Cancer Awareness with McLeod Hospital Foundation

2006 “Corks and Canvas”
With Florence Morning News and Francis Marion University Art Department

2008 “Guess What Friend is Coming to Dinner”
Matt and Ted Lee authors of The Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook

2008 Jane Jackson, artist, commissioned by Renaissance Book Club
In Memory of Sue Monroe
Watercolor reprints at Doctors Bruce and Lee Foundation Library

2009 “Guess What Friend is Coming to Dinner”
Nathalie Dupree author of Shrimp and Grits Cookbook

2009 Dr. Ann Kulze
Be Yourself, Only Better

2010 “Guess What Friend is Coming to Dinner”
Chef Charlotte Jenkins, Narrative William Baldwin, Artwork Jonathan Green
Gullah Cuisine: By Land and by Sea

2010 “Books n Boil”
Matt and Ted Lee, authors of
Simple, Fresh, Southern

2011 “Guess What Friend is Coming to Dinner”
Patricia Moore-Pastides, author of
Greek Revival: Cooking for Life

2011 “Books n Boil”
Holly Herrick, author of
Tart Love: Sassy, Savory, and Sweet

2012 “Books n Boil”
Virginia Willis, author of
Basic to Brilliant, Y’All

Joe Stukes History Series Guest Speakers

2006 Dori Sanders, author of Clover, Women’s History

2006 Dan Carter, author of The Politics of Rage: George Wallace

2006 Walter Edgar, editor of The South Carolina Encyclopedia

2007 (retired) South Carolina Chief Justice Ernest Finney, Black History

2007 Darla Moore, Palmetto Institute, Women History

2007 Robert Ackerman, author of Wade Hampton the lll

2007 Martha Teichner, correspondent CBS Sunday Morning, Women’s History

2008 Sally McMillen, author of Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement

2008 South Carolina Chief Justice Jean Hoefer Toal

2008 Vernon Burton, author of The Age of Lincoln

2010 Martin Luther King with guest speaker Allie Brooks

2010 Joel Poinsett with Dr. Will Goins, Chief of the Cherokee Indian Tribe of South Carolina

2011 Remembering Cole Porter featuring Entertainers Sharyn & Steve Mapes, Beverly Hazelwood

Joe Stukes History Series Portrayals

2005 President Herbert Hoover

2006 Paul Robeson with Clay Brown, Gospel Singer

2006 General Douglas MacArthur

2006 President Teddy Roosevelt

2006 President Woodrow Wilson

2006 Amadeus Mozart with the Firenze Quartet

2006 Herbert Hoover Reviews the 1920s

2006 President’s Day with Abraham Lincoln

2007 General Robert E. Lee

2007 General Ulysses S. Grant

2008 Otto von Bismark

2008 Napoleon lll

2008 Andrew Jackson

2008 Wade Hampton

2009 Camillo Cavour

2009 Nikolai Lenin

2009 Irving Berlin with singers and musicians

2009 Celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s 200th Birthday with guest speaker and musical accompaniment

2009 Buffalo Bill

2009 Brigham Young

2010 Thomas Jefferson

2010 Martin Luther King with guest speaker Allie Brooks

2010 Theodore Roosevelt

2010 James K. Polk

2010 Joel Poinstt with Dr. Will Goins, Chief of the Cherokee Indian Tribe of South Carolina

2010 South Carolina Dissolves the Union: 150th Anniversary of the Act of Secession

2011 Remembering Cole Porter

2011 And the War Came: The Firing on Fort Sumter

2011 Judah P. Benjamin

2011 William H. Seward

2012 Ike and the Cold War

2012 Jackie and Me and the Ol’ 6-4-3

2012 Lucky Lindbergh

2012 Samuel Morse

2013 William Jennings Bryan

2013 Dickens in America

Fall Festival

2006 Carmen Deedy, Author and Storyteller

2007 E.B. Lewis, Artist and Illustrator

2008 Diane DeGroat, Artist and Author

2007 Goodies for Grownups l

Storyteller Bil Lepp

Chinese painting with Janet Kozachek

“Gardening in the Heat” with Tommy Taylor

Performance by Mac Arnold and “Plate Full O’ Blues”

MOVIE: “National Treasure”

Ice cream making demonstration by Debora Parnel

Bluegrass Picnic featuring music by “Borrowed Time”

2008 Goodies for Grownups lI

Storyteller Carmen Deedy

Herb Gardening with Sally Haynes, Master Gardner

Genealogy 201, E.N. Zeigler History Room staff

MOVIE: “The Great Debaters”

“Life and Death in Civil War Prisons” featuring Florence Stockade Author Mike Martinez

Gullah Arts with Mary Graham Sweetgrass artist

“An Evening of Blues” with Mac Arnold and Plate Full O’ Blues

2009 Adult Summer Reading Program

An Evening with Rudy Mancke
Director S.C. ETV NatureScene

Quilting Workshop for Beginners with Vera Martin

Vic Phillips – Florence Stockade/ Red Doe Plantation

Scrapbooking by Lynn Phillips of Scrapbook Concepts

Movie – “Flash of Genius”

Making Ice-Cream the Easy Way, Deborah Parnell, Clemson University Extension Center

Swallow Savannah: A South Carolina Story by Ken Burger

2010 Adult Summer Reading Program

Cooking the Daufuskie Way: Morning, Noon, and Night by Chef Sallie Ann Robinson

Sculptor Alex Palkovich, Award Winning Local Artisan

The Day the Johnboat Went Up The Mountain: True Tales of Underwater Adventures and Discoveries in the Palmetto State’s Maritime History by Carl Naylor

Florence Fire Department Since the 1800′s by Vicki Suggs

Chicken Soup for the Soul-NASCAR by Cathy Elliott

Beginning Drawing, Local Artist Stephen Guyton

Movies – “Julie and Julia,” and “Becoming Jane”

2011 Adult Summer Reading Program

2011 Local Authors Expo