Dorchester County Historical Society




Dear Members,

At our May meeting, members voted to purchase a historical marker for the Williams Memorial School (Ca 1950s) on S. Metts St,. built for African Americans students. It was the successor of the Rosenwald School (Ca 1920s) located on Ann Street. I have applied for county accommodation tax to help defray the costs. This will be our 9th marker; 3 camp grounds, Town of Ridgeville, Dorchester and Harleyville, Badham/Dorchester Lumber and the St. George Graded School/High School. These markers are a beautiful asset to any historical property and a great way to preserve history.

The Heritage Museum hosted 2 successful summer camps for children 9-12. In June the children were taught how to make Native American medicine bags, ink for a quill pen, and corn husk dolls. Instructors were Cathy Nelson, Winnie Mraz,  Millie Chaplin, Lori Thomas and Claire Mizell. The helpers were Maggie and Macie Thomas and Elizabeth and Alexis Mizell. In the July camp, the children were taught to paint. Instructors were Delaine Walters, Artist and Heather Herche, Art Teacher. The helpers were Elizabeth and Alexis Mizell and Frances Metts. Snacks were donated by Trish Scott. A very special thank you to Brian Fehr, Chairman & Managing Director of Bid Group, who provided funding for the camps enabling local children to attend.

If you haven't joined the DCA & HC, I encourage you to do so. The benefit of being a member is entrance to the museum during regular business hours. You can call the center @ (843) 931-1020 for an application or go on line at

Our next meeting is on August 10th at 7 PM.  Our guest speaker will be Andrew Gentry who will share history of county newspapers.

I look forward to seeing you there. Please bring a friend.

                                                                                                               Phyllis Hughes
                                                                                                               DCHC President


DCHS & DCA&HC Memberships

Membership into the Dorchester County Archives & History Center is separate from being a member of the DCHS.

At this time, Charter Membership into the DCA & HC has been extended through the end of 2016. As a charter member, your name will be placed on a plaque that will be hung in the center. Charter membership is $100.00. If you would like to join, you can do so by sending a check to DCA & HC, 101 Ridge Street, St. George, SC 29477.  I urge you to join and be a part of this very important endeavor.

Note: All present members who join the DCA&HC in 2014, 2015 or 2016 all dues are paid up through Dec 2017.



Lifetime   $250 (One time only)
Annual     $25 (Due February)


                Charter     $100.00 (Through Dec. 2015)
                Annual      $50.00 (Due 1 Jan.)
                Teachers  $25.00 (
Due 1 Jan.)
                Students   $25.00 (Due 1 Jan.)

      DCA&HC Membership Benefits:
          1. Unlimited research during hours of operation
Printed family histories every 3 years (provided the
           information is given)
          3. Annual reception honoring members


Once again in an effort to reduce printing and mailing costs we are requesting that you allow us to send the quarterly newsletter to you via email or that you download it from our website (see Newsletter page).  Presently it cost approximately $0.74 to print and mail each copy.   If you are willing to receive the newsletter via email please provide your email address to the Corresponding Secretary at the address below and put in the subject line "UDCHS Address". Thank you for your continued support.  

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