Spring 2020 

April 2020

Avery Digital Classroom

The digital classroom features multiple activities to appeal to all, such as digital lectures, film screenings, book discussions, and interactive online trivia. Each participant will leave the Avery Digital Classroom historically stimulated as a result of its fun, educational, and interpersonal environment. Participants will only need access to and internet connectivity to attend each event! Space for each program is limited and access will be controlled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For the April 13th and 14th Programming please e-mail averyadmin [at] cofc [dot] edu for the link.  It will be open 30 min prior to program.

Fall 2018

September 25, 2018

October 15, 2018 

The Legacy of Slavery: Five Movements by Kwame Nimako

October 15 | 6:00 p.m. | Education Alumni Center| FREE

Using his concepts of ‘parallel lives’ and ‘intertwined belongings’ as a backdrop, Dr. Kwame Nimako will demonstrate in this lecture that the legacy of Atlantic slavery has given rise to five distinctively racialized movements on the subject of slavery. The five movements in question are remembrance and commemorations, reparations, anniversaries, museums, and the movement to combat so-called ‘modern’ slavery. At the forefront of the demands for remembrance/commemoration, anniversary and reparation are Black agency and activism; the museums and ‘modern’ slavery initiatives are predominantly white Euro-American.

October 17, 2018 

“Last Seen”: Finding Family after Slavery

October 17 | 6:00 p.m. | Addlestone Library Room 227 | FREE

“Last Seen”: Finding Family after Slavery offers researchers a tool for telling family stories of separation and survival during slavery, emancipation, and the Civil War. It offers easy access to digitized “Information Wanted” advertisements placed in newspapers by former slaves and United States Colored Troops searching for family members lost by sale, flight, or enlistment. The ads mention family members, often by name, but also by physical description, circumstances of separation, last seen locations, and at times by the name of a former slave master. The earliest ads appeared in papers in 1863, and they continued for more than thirty years. “Last Seen”: Finding Family after Slavery allows users to search these ads by proper names, locations, circumstances of separation, military regiments, and events.

Dr. Giesberg will demo and discuss the Last Seen project in a conversation moderated by Patricia Williams Lessane, Executive Director of the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture.

October 23, 2018 

October 23 | 6:00 p.m. | Addlestone Library Room 360 | FREE

This discussion will provide the audience a historical outlook of the Lowcountry region and its relationship to as was well as denoting the challenges and solutions. The speakers will be a representative of local farmers, scholars, and chefs, who will bring their perspectives on foodways, water, social justice, and sustainability.

BUILDING CLOSURES: We will be closed to the public on Friday, May 10th and Monday, May 27th. Building and reading room hours may have closures outside of this period due to private events, contact us in advance for further assistance.

MUSEUM TOURS: The Avery Research Center offers self-guided tours Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1030AM-12PM and 2PM-330PM. For large groups we ask you limit 25 people or fewer per time slot for self-guided tours. Due to staffing shortages Avery will not be offering guided tours to the general public until further notice.

ARCHIVES: Researchers must have a consultation BEFORE making a research appointment.