Readers of the Post and Courier graciously responded to our request for remembrances of life in the Lowcountry by entrusting us with hundreds of treasured photographs. They cover a period of remarkable change, from the Civil War era when the nation was tragically divided to World War II when the nation was united against an enemy abroad and the Charleston Naval Shipyard played an important role.
Mostly this book captures, in events large and small, family life in the Lowcountry over a span of more than 100 years. Many of those events are mirrored in family albums across America -- childhood portraits, school years, summer vacations, graduations, weddings, church socials, sporting events and family reunions. But this album also reflects this remarkable region, so replete with history and so irresistible in its natural beauty. Among the backgrounds that provide a sense of place are beach scenes, a joggling board, the Battery, The Citadel and The Avery Normal Institute as well as photographs of Azalea Festival floats, Cypress Gardens and historic houses lost to the wrecking ball.
Social change also is reflected throughout this photographic history which spans a time of substantial economic recovery. For the families who have spent generations in the Lowcountry, this album, offers a source of reflection. For newcomers and visitors it is an invaluable source of information.
This is a book of irreplaceable memories. It also should serve as a reminder of the need to continue recording the events of today for generations to come. Our thanks to the contributors who kept their memories in a safe place for us to share.
Barbara S. Williams, Editor