Updates on the events, exhibits, archives and staff of the South Carolina Historical Society.

March, 1663: Charles II issues the Carolina Charter

King Charles II was known as the Merry Monarch. After years of exile during Oliver Cromwell’s Puritan Commonwealth, Charles was …

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February, 1779: The Battle of Port Royal

After the British took Savannah, Georgia, in December 1778, they decided to establish a base to the north, on Port …

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January, 1814: A South Carolinian is Elected Speaker of the House

As of January 4, 2023, only 54 people have served as speaker of the house. The ninth person to do …

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December, 1773: Charleston Tea Party Takes Place and Charleston Chamber of Commerce Is Organized

“No taxation without representation” became a rallying cry for colonists in the mid-18th century. Prior to the American Revolution and …

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