The local organizing committee and co-chairs have organized several formal and informal occasions over the course of the conference. These gatherings will mix social and professional interaction. Many are after-hours adventures into Charleston. There is also information about what to do and places to explore on your own.

Wednesday, January 10

Networking Dinners: We will reserve tables, so all you have to do is join us (at your own expense)!

Thursday, January 11

Networking Dinners: We will reserve tables, so all you have to do is join us (at your own expense)!

Ghost Tour: Walk inside the gates of one of Charleston’s oldest graveyards after dark. Learn about the history of Charleston’s graveyards and hear stories about the famous people who found their final resting place in the Holy City.

Friday, January 12

Awards and Recognition: Immediately following lunch on Friday, we will convene in the Crystal Ballroom CD for our plenary speaker and HPSS awards. We will announce the winners of the following:

  • HPSS Long-Term Excellence Award
  • HPSS Mid-Career Award
  • Student Travel Awards

Afternoon Walking Tour: Explore the history and architecture of Charleston with licensed tour guide and artist Amelia (“Mimi”) Whaley, whose family arrived in Charles Town in the 1690s and later settled on Edisto Island as planters. “Although Charleston has weathered Indians, pirates, five great fires between 1740 and 1861, various wars, hurricanes, and a devastating earthquake, a wealth of architecture remains,” says Whaley. “Charleston truly is a ‘living city’.”

Pub Crawl: Join us as we explore local gastropubs and historic taverns. Have a pint (at your own expense) or simply enjoy the sights as we walk around the city. We will meet in the hotel lobby prior to departure.

Saturday, January 13

Slave Mart Museum: The Old Slave Mart, located on one of Charleston’s few remaining cobblestone streets, is the only known extant building used as a slave auction gallery in South Carolina. Around 1878, the Old Slave Mart was renovated into a two-story tenement. In 1938, the property was purchased by Miriam B. Wilson and converted into its current state as a museum of African-American history, arts, and crafts.

Brunch: We will reserve tables, so all you have to do is join us (at your own expense)!

McLeod’s Plantation: Established in 1851, McLeod Plantation has borne witness to some of the most significant periods of Charleston’s—and our nations—history. Today, McLeod Plantation is an important 37-acre Gullah/Geechee heritage site that has been carefully preserved in recognition of its cultural and historical significance. The grounds include a riverside outdoor pavilion, a sweeping Oak allée (tree avenue), and the McLeod Oak, which is thought to be more than 600 years old.

Additional information about sign up, group rates, and meeting points will be available closer to the conference dates.

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