Days of Destruction: Author Talk and Book Signing

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Join us from noon to 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 7, for a free author talk and book signing: Days of Destruction: Augustine Thomas Smythe and the Civil War Siege of Charleston by Eric Emerson and Karen Stokes. Through a collection of letters written by Augustine Thomas Smythe, a well-educated young man from a prominent Charleston family, we get a glimpse of the long, destructive assault on the Holy City during the Civil War. From behind a telescope in the midst of the War, he shares an almost post-apocalyptic perspective of the oftentimes quiet, and frequently lawless, street where he lived before and during the siege of Charleston.

Speaker @ the Center is FREE and open to the public; however, we ask that you register to ensure a seat. This program will be held at the South Carolina State Library, 1500 Senate Street, Columbia. Please visit our map & directions page or call (803) 734-8666 for parking information. For more information about Speaker @ the Center, please visit Books will be available for purchase and signing. For more information, please contact Andersen Cook, Statewide Initiatives Coordinator at (803)545-4432 or

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Notable State Documents Awards Ceremony

March 13, 2024, 10:00 AM

The South Carolina State Library will host an in-person ceremony for the winners of the 2023 Notable State Documents Awards Program. We are located at 1500 Senate Street, Columbia, SC, 29201. Awardees and other state government staff members are invited to register to attend the ceremony. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email stating the date and time of the event.