"My Wound Is Geography": Pat Conroy and the Lowcountry
Historic Beaufort Foundation, Verdier House, 801 Bay St.
Opening October 23, 2015
Highlighting a wealth of materials from the Pat Conroy Archive at the University of South Carolina Libraries, this exhibit explores Conroy's relationship with the Lowcountry. From his time at Beaufort High School as a basketball star, his four years spent at the Citadel, his year teaching on Daufuskie Island, and his life spent in his adopted hometown of Beaufort, South Carolina, Conroy's writings are inspired, influenced, and molded by the Lowcountry's people, traditions, and landscape. Featuring works such as The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, The Prince of Tides, and his most recent memoir The Death of Santini as well as personal scrapbooks, photographs, letters, cover artwork, and promotional pieces, this exhibit examines the impact this region of South Carolina had on Conroy and his internationally renowned and beloved books.
The Verdier House is open 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Monday–Saturday. Admission is $10 per person. Group rates available through Historic Beaufort Foundation (http://historicbeaufort.org, 843-379-3331).
October 30, 1:50–2:40 p.m., Gallery talk with exhibit curator and Conroy archivist Jessica Crouch. Free and open to the public.
"My Wound Is Geography": Pat Conroy and the Lowcountry is presented in partnership between the Historic Beaufort Foundation and the Pat Conroy Archive in the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of South Carolina Libraries.
Historic Beaufort Foundation Fall Festival of Houses & Gardens
October 23–25, 2015
The October 23 tour will include the Elizabeth Hext House where Pat Conroy lived in the guest cottage after graduating from the Citadel. It was in that cottage that Conroy struggled to be a poet, eventually realizing that his writing life would be through prose and not poetry. This tour also includes the historic Verdier House, home to the special exhibit "My Wound Is Geography": Pat Conroy and the Lowcountry. The tour price is $50 per person. Information and ticketing through Historic Beaufort Foundation (http://historicbeaufort.org, 843-379-3331).
Following the October 23 tour, from 4:30–6:30 p.m., Pat Conroy, Cassandra King, Bernie Schein, Maggie Schein, John Warley, and Ellen Malphrus will sign copies of their books at the Anchorage 1770 inn (1103 Bay St.). The book signing is free and open to the public. Books will be available for sale and autographing.
Daufuskie Island Tour
October 30, 2015, 8:30 a.m.–1:40 p.m.
Limited to just 20 participants
See Daufuskie Island with Sallie Ann Robinson, Pat Conroy's former student turned acclaimed Gullah chef and cookbook author. By golf cart, tour the Mary Field School immortalized by Pat Conroy in The Water is Wide. The two-room schoolhouse where Conroy taught Robinson and her classmates was built in the 1930s and still stands today. Also visit the First Union Baptist Church built in 1884. Restored in 1996, this building has served as a center of faith and worship on the island. Lunch for the tour participants will be served at the Calibogue Club overlooking Calibogue Sound. Return to mainland on the 1:40 ferry.
$75 per person. Please allow for at least one-hour of travel time between Beaufort and the ferry embarkation site on Hilton Head Island. Participants can expect to be back in Beaufort by 4:00 p.m. Information and ticketing through Historic Beaufort Foundation (http://historicbeaufort.org, 843-379-3331).