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Lunch & Learn: The Piedmont Farmer

  • Chapman Cultural Center 200 East Saint John Street Spartanburg, SC, 29306 United States (map)

The 2018 Lunch & Learn Series welcomes Dr. Phil Racine as he shares the journals of David Golightly Harris are a unique daily record of a fifteen-year span in the life of a Piedmont South Carolina farm family that owned ten slaves and cultivated one hundred acres. Documents from small slaveholders are few, making these journals an invaluable source of information about the agricultural routines of a small antebellum farm as well as a revealing commentary on regional and national affairs, slavery, education, religion, family relationships, and community life.

An especially compelling feature of this book is its inclusion of writings by Harris's wife, Emily, who took over the journal when he went to war for the Confederacy in 1862. Recounting the trials of managing the farm and raising seven children in her husband's absence, Emily's words offer poignant insights into the daily struggles of those who tended the home front during the Civil War.


SCHA Members: FREE
General Admission: $5

Boxed Lunch: $10
Please call 864-596-3501 to reserve your seat and/or order lunch. Lunch orders must be received by 8/23 at 5:00pm.
Lunches provided by Palmetto Palette.
Seating is limited, call ahead reservations are suggested!

Lunch & Learns are held in the Callie & John Rainey Conference Room at the Chapman Cultural Center
200 E. Saint John Street, Spartanburg