The Voices of Southern Hospitality project is a student-driven and community-centered oral history project that documents the diverse opinions, experiences, and life stories of people who live and work in the Carolina Lowcountry.

The project is also designed to be an integrative and high-impact learning experience for students, providing opportunities to learn oral history research methods, both theoretical and applied. It brings together formal studies with experiential learning to create student-teacher-community dialogues.

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

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 over the past several months!

Alphonso Brown
Tamika Gadsden
Jean Marie Mauclet
Queen Quet (Marquetta Goodwine), Chieftess of the Gullah Geechee Nation
Michael Shemtov
Donald Sparks

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.