The Voices of Southern Hospitality project is a community-centered oral history collection that documents the diverse stories and experiences of people who live in the Carolina Lowcountry. 

The project is also designed to be an integrative learning experience for College of Charleston students, providing opportunities to learn oral history research methods, both theoretical and applied. Our goal is to  bring together formal studies with experiential learning to create student-community dialogues about Charleston’s past, present, and changing future.

Transcripts (Selected Interviews):
Ultimately, interviews conducted by the Voices of Southern Hospitality Oral  History project will be accessible online through the Lowcountry Digital Library but it takes time. In the interim, below are links to a few of the interviews we have conducted so far:
Alphonso Brown
Damon Fordham
Tamika Gadsden
Jean Marie Mauclet
Queen Quet (Marquetta Goodwine)
Michael Shemtov
Donald Sparks

Student Researchers:
Allie Astor
Sylvie Baele
Alexis Davis
Mary Scott Gilbert
Angus Gracey
Tanya Matthews
Emilia Olson
Sanders Reese
Laura Robbins
Stella Rounsefell
Cori Simons
Shannon Wait
Alexis Wright

Faculty Advisors:
Blake C. Scott, PhD
A historian with experience in archival and ethnographic research in the Caribbean and U.S. South, Scott mentors and guides undergraduate students building on concepts and content discussed in formal coursework such as INTL350: Deconstructing Tourism: History, Culture, and the Question of Sustainability.

Mary Jo Fairchild, MA, CA, MLIS
An archivist devoted to collecting and preserving oral histories, Fairchild connects student researchers and interviewees with archival resources. She also facilitates access and preservation of interviews housed at the College of Charleston’s Special Collections.

Project News and Resources
Essay: “Hurricane Hugo: We Are Still Recovering” by Angus Gracey
Presentation: Voices of Southern Hospitality: Selections from 2018 Interviews by Tanya Matthews, Alexis Wright, and Emilia Olson

The project was launched in June 2018 with funding from the Committee for Innovative Teaching and Learning in the Liberal Arts and Sciences at the College of Charleston. During the first phase of the project, student researchers conducted over 50 interviews with Lowcountry residents. All interviews will be made available at  the College of Charleston Special Collections and, ultimately accessible online.

For more information about participating or contributing to the project, please contact faculty advisors Blake C. Scott and Mary Jo Fairchild.