Sumter County Genealogical Center

Membership Meetings 2023

Date:  01/16/2023

Time: 7:30 pm (EST)

Speaker –  Mr. David Henry Lucas

Topic –  The Rice Kings Series, Intro to his 3rd book. Jonathan Lucas II has joined his father, Jonathan Lucas I in Charleston SC. Like his father before him, he has been trained as a millwright by his great uncle in England. Jonathan II reconnects with his father and Anne Ashburn, his father’s mistress, but there is pent-up resentment of their relationship and the half siblings it has produced. Jonathan II throws himself into his new life in America and carves out his own niche, cultivated by the esteem of the planters of the rice culture in the Carolina Lowcountry. He experiences of joy of love, the tragedy of loss and the thrill of danger as he and his father continue their ascension to the top of the rice aristocracy of Charleston. 

Those involved in the production of rice had become the wealthiest society in America. Glittering social scenes of balls, horse racing and plantation parties mark the daily lives of this exclusive society. A formidable threat arises that could end the success of the Lucas Family and the onslaught comes in different attacks that could prove fatal to their plans, aspirations and even their lives. As a new century dawns, the Lucas Clan must overcome, not only threats from outside forces, but internally, as they struggle to keep their family from being torn asunder in a simmering family feud. Discover the fascinating story of The Rice Kings.

Date:  02/20/2023

Time: 7:30 pm (EST)

Speaker –  Mr. Tom O’Hare

Topic –  Friends, Faith, Foes and Freedom: The Fascinating Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass” – While America was bitterly divided during the Civil War, an unlikely friendship developed between two men from very different walks of life, President Abraham Lincoln and freed slave Frederick Douglass.During the early part of the war, Lincoln carefully navigated public opinion to maintain support for the war by focusing on preserving The Union, not ending slavery. Lincoln’s careful dodging of the slavery issue infuriated African America’s leading abolitionist voice, freed slave Frederick Douglass. Come hear the story of how three White House Meetings between these two giants of American history in the final years of the war helped bring an end to slavery and forged one of the most genuine and inspiring friendships or our nation’s past.

Date:  03/20/2023

Time: 7:30 pm (EST)

Speaker – TBA

Topic –  TBA

Date:  04/17/2023

Time: 7:30 pm (EST)

Speaker – TBA

Topic –  TBA

Date:  05/15/2023

Time: 7:30 pm (EST)

Speaker –  TBA

Topic –  TBA

No Speaker for June, July or August 2022

Date:  09/18/2023

Time: 7:00 pm (EST)

Speaker –  TBA

Topic –  TBA

Date:  10/16/2023

Time: 7:00 pm (EST)

Speaker – TBA

Topic –  TBA

Date:  11/20/2023

Time: 7:00 pm (EST)

Speaker –  TBA

Topic – TBA

Date:  12/18/2023

Time: 7:00 pm (EST)

Speaker –  None

Topic –  Anyone can share their Genealogy/Family history stories.

Membership Meetings are Open to the Public

Membership Meetings are at Swan Lake Presbyterian Church at 912 Haynsworth St, Sumter, SC 29150