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Charleston as a Classroom: A First-Year Seminar with Dale Rosengarten

Posted by: Julia Eichelberger | September 13, 2019 | No Comment |
Students beneath chandelier with docent at Aiken-Rhett house

Aiken-Rhett House

Dr. Dale Rosengarten is proud to share students’ work from the first-year seminar she taught in Spring 2019, “Charleston as a Classroom.”  Designed to introduce first-year students to the historical resources housed on every street in the city, the syllabus reserved Tuesday class meetings for lectures, guest speakers, document study, and discussions; on Thursdays, students took field trips to historic sites, archives, museums, cemeteries, churches, synagogues, and fellowship halls.

Class members were Bella Arcoria, Emma Baker, Jade Benson, Lauren M. Coggins, Alec Cohen, Molly S. Dougherty, Izzy (Taro) Floyd, Valentina Granada, McKenzie Heaton, Vance Lupton, Anna Martin, Madison T. McNamara, Danyel E. Meahan, Katie Nazaridis, Lauren O’Steen, Mallory Poston, Kendall Tally, Amy Vella, Asia C. Williams.

Dr. Rosengarten has created a booklet of highlights from field trip logs these students kept throughout the semester, along with some of their photographs. Click here to open and download the booklet in PDF.

January 10: Southbound: Photographs of and about the New South, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, St. Philip and Calhoun Streets

January 17: The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, 122 E. Bay Street

January 24: The Old Slave Mart Museum, 6 Chalmers Street

Students at Old Slave Mart museum with docent and historic marker

Old Slave Mart

January 31: Historic Charleston Foundation, Captain James Misroon House, 40 East Bay St

February 7: Aiken-Rhett House, 48 Elizabeth Street

February 12: An Evening With Nikky Finney, City Gallery, Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau St

February 13: The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street

February 21: Grimke Sisters Tour with Carol Ezell Gilson

Students in exterior courtyard at Drayton Hall

Drayton Hall

February 28: Drayton Hall, 3380 Ashley Hall Road

March 7: French Protestant (Huguenot) Church, Church & Queen Streets, and Huguenot Society Library, 138 Logan Street

March 14: Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim (KKBE), 90 Hasell Street

March 28: Coming Street Cemetery, 189 Coming Street

At 35 Chapel Street, current owner discusses renovation with students

35 Chapel Street


April 2: 35 Chapel Street (ca. 1835-40), Built By Sylvia (Silvi) Miles, a Free Woman of Color, on Land Leased by William H. Holmes, A Planter who lived on Charlotte Street. Renovated by Drs. Louis and Andrea Weinstein

April 11: Catholic Diocese Archive & Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 114 & 120 Broad Street



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