FLORENCE – Tobacco – past, present and future – will be the focus of the Pee Dee Heritage Center’s fall program on Oct. 29 in the McNair Science Building auditorium at Francis Marion University. The program, which is free and open to the public, begins at 3 p.m.
Drawing from his recently published book, Long Green: The Rise and Fall of Tobacco in South Carolina, Coastal Carolina University history professor Eldred E. Prince Jr. will trace the tobacco story in South Carolina from the Colonial period to the present.
Long Green is the product of more than a decade of research, writing and editing. It is an outgrowth of the Pee Dee Heritage Center’s Tobacco Project launched by the late Robert Simpson. A professor of history at Coker College and founding director of the Heritage Center, Simpson died in 1995. Prince wrote the book in collaboration with Simpson.
Copies signed by the author ($35 each) will be available at a reception in the auditorium lobby following the program.
Prince, who grew up in Loris, earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of South Carolina. He joined the Coastal Carolina faculty in 1987. An associate professor of history at the Conway university, he was honored as the university’s Distinguished Professor of the Year in 1993.
The Pee Dee Heritage Center, based at FMU, is a joint project of FMU, Coastal Carolina, Coker and the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. The center presents two public programs annually, in the spring and fall. The programs focus on some aspect of the history and heritage of the state’s Pee Dee and Waccamaw regions. The center publishes a newsletter mailed free on request.
For more information, call Dew James, director of the Pee Dee Heritage Center, at 843-661-1567 or 843-669-4829.
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