HARTSIVLLE -- Author Charles Joyner will draw on themes from his latest book, Shared Traditions: Southern History and Folk Culture, in a presentation at the Pee Dee Heritage Center’s fall program Sunday, Nov. 14, at Coker College.
The Coker program, “Southerners: Shared Cultures, Shared Traditions,” begins at 3 p.m. in Coker’s Davidson Auditorium. A public reception will follow. Heritage Center programs, free and open to the public, focus on the history and heritage of the Pee Dee region. They are presented twice a year, usually on the campuses of one of the Heritage Center’s sponsoring institutions, Coker College, Francis Marion University and Coastal Carolina University. The Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics is also a sponsoring institution.
Dr. Carlanna Hendrick, chair of the Heritage Center Board of Directors, will be program moderator, She is a member of the Governor’s School faculty. Joyner, the Burroughs Distinguished Professor of Southern History and Culture at CCU, says his presentation will be about how folklore can help us understand our history better and how history can help us understand our folklore better.
The book, Joyner’s fourth, was published last spring by the University of Illinois Press. A collection of essays, it covers such diverse topics as antebellum salve life, southern music (jazz, blues and country), the Jewish community in Georgetown and the ghostly Grand Strand tale of Alice of the Hermitage.
“In particular, the book is about how the folk traditions of Southerners, whose ancestors came from Europe, from Africa, and (enons ago) from Asia, shared their folk traditions to create something new and valuable,” he says. Collectively, the essays, as will his presentation, illustrate how the south’s history and traditions were shaped by the fusion of the region’s two major cultural influences, European and African.
The cover of Shared Traditions features Jordan’s needlework design, depicting a row of slave houses at Brookgreen Plantation. Several of the illustrations in the book are the author’s pen and ink drawings. Jordan is also author of Down by the Riverside (1984), a study of slave culture in the Waccamaw Neck area north of Georgetown; that book won the National University Press Book Award.
A member of Coastal Carolina’s history department faculty since 1988, Jordan earned a Ph.D. in history from the University of South Carolina and a Ph.D. in folklore and folk-life from the University of Pennsylvania.