McLaughlin to speak on the inhabitants of the Sea Islands of Georgia and South Carolina at the Cazenovia Public Library

— Dr. Timothy McLaughlin, retired professor of history at Cazenovia College, will present “What I Did on My Winter Vacation: A Visit to the Golden Isles of Georgia” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, in the Cazenovia Public Library community room.

All are invited to join him and hear the story of the Gullah/Greechee, the inhabitants of the Sea Islands of Georgia and South Carolina who lived a peaceful and isolated life on their islands and coastal settlements until their existence became threatened, and in many places shattered, as a result of economic development.

At the June 18 presentation, McLaughlin will share the story of the Gullah/Geechee — their past, their way of life and the challenges they must overcome to survive as a people.

As a participant in the “Great Minds/Great Ideas Library Lecture Series,” McLaughlin previously spoke at the Cazenovia Public Library on Nelson Mandela, W.E.B. DuBois and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee. He has also conducted research in Britain on African responses to British imperialism and in South Africa on post-Mandela South Africa.

His most recent research interest is in the history and culture of the Gullah/Geechee people of coastal Georgia and South Carolina.

If others who frequently leave town for the winter want to share their experiences, just give the library a call at 655-9322 to schedule a time.

“There are countless stories out there and we’d love to hear them,” said library Director Betsy Kennedy.

All events at the Cazenovia Public Library are free and open to the public.

For more information on the June 8thpresentation or other events at the library, call 655-9322 or visit cazenoviapubliclibrary.org.

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