Observing the 150th anniversary of the burning of Columbia

In observance of the 150th anniversary of Sherman’s march through Columbia at the end of the Civil War, the Lexington County Public Library will be hosting various adult programs in the coming weeks.

Join us Tuesday, February 3, at 7 PM at the Irmo Branch Library as Patricia McNeely, author of Sherman’s Flame & Blame Campaign, discusses the historical impact of the burning of Columbia at the end of the Civil War. Call 798-7880 for details.

Information about more programs that are happening throughout the area can be found on the Burning of Columbia website by clicking here.

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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: JANUARY 26 – FEBRUARY 1

This week in history South Carolina native and NASA astronaut Ronald McNair died on January 28, 1986 in the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. You can learn more about Dr. McNair and space exploration in the library’s online reference materials by clicking here.

In 2011 the Ronald E. McNair Life History Center was opened in Lake City, South Carolina which honors Dr. McNair’s life.

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THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: JANUARY 19 – 25

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This week in history Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne was born on January 19, 1839 in the south of France.  Associated with abstract painting, Cézanne is credited with heavily influencing Cubism and the twentieth-century modernist movement.

For an online look at the work of Cézanne try checking out the Google Art Project by clicking here.

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: JANUARY 12 – 18, 2015

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This week in history Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was born in Atlanta, Georgia on January 15, 1929.  One of the best known faces of the civil rights movement, Dr. King worked tirelessly to end segregation in the American south. He was a gifted orator and used nonviolent protest as a means of ending discrimination and promoting voting rights for African Americans.

More information about Dr. King and his legacy can be found in the library’s online reference materials by clicking here.

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY: JANUARY 5 – 11, 2015

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This week in history the American poet, biographer, and folk singer Carl Sandburg was born on January 6, 1878.  Sandburg won three Pulitzer Prizes for his literary work and a Grammy Award for his narration of Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, an orchestral work that included readings of Abraham Lincoln’s most famous speeches.

More information about Carl Sandburg can be found by searching our online biographical databases by clicking here.

For a fun day trip from Lexington, try visiting the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site in Flat Rock, North Carolina, and for a virtual look at his life click here.