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Music And Poetry In Early Moultrieville

By Susan Middaugh for The Island Eye News

Music and Poetry in Early Moultrieville is a Battery Gadsden Cultural Center and National Park Service event.

Historian Nic Butler, Ph.D. will present on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m., at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center Auditorium, 1214 Middle St., Sullivan’s Island. Daily life in Moultrieville on Sullivan’s Island included far more than periodic wars and military activities. Townspeople and visitors, from the 1790s to the 1870s, enjoyed the music and poetry of their time. Dr. Butler will talk about the evidence of early concerts and music lessons on Sullivan’s Island gleaned from published memoirs and newspaper advertisements in that period. He will also include romantic poetry written on the island more than two centuries ago by visiting admirers. Nic Butler, Ph.D. is an interdisciplinary historian with an infectious enthusiasm for Charleston’s colorful past and a gift for making history come alive.

Dr. Butler is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Ph.D. in musicology from Indiana University. He is the historian for the Charleston County Public Library. Previously he has worked as archivist of the South Carolina Historical Society, an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston, and historical consultant for the City of Charleston. He writes the Charleston Time Machine website and blog (

This event is free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by the National Park Service and Battery Gadsden Cultural Center Preserving the culture of art and history on Sullivan’s Island.

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