Edward’s rare birds on display at Audubon Gallery
By Charleston Mercury Staff
From October 2 through 16, the Audubon Gallery will host an exhibition of the conserved Lenhardt Collection of George Edward’s watercolors. Discovered in the attic of a home on The Battery in the 1960s, these watercolors date from the 1730s, when a young John Drayton purchased them for his own collection. Edward is considered the Father of British Ornithology, and among the birds in the collection are the ivory billed woodpecker and the Carolina Parakeet. Such images are an incomparable look into the colonial connections between local planter elites and their British partners. This will be the first time these images will go on display since their conservation.
Historical guns have home in Camden
By G. Harris Jordan
Camden, South Carolina is a beautiful midlands city known for its colonial heritage, Revolutionary War sites and fine houses. It is part of the “Olde English District,” named for 1700s British settlements. It is also one of the oldest and most active equestrian communities in the country. From fall through late spring more than 1500 thoroughbreds are present for various regularly held events. Many lovely homes and horse farms dot the area, hinting at a quiet and well-mannered gentility. There is more.
Spray paint does what the British couldn’t: Gen. Moultrie assaulted on The Battery
By Charleston Mercury Staff
A little before noon today, Monday, October 6, the Charleston Police Department reported to the scene of disturbing act of barbarism that profaned our historic city. The base of the statue of Maj. Gen. William Moultrie was spray painted, in state-flag blue no less, with the words “Olds out 99%,” “Bye East Egg,” and “Kidd Napp.”
Poulnot family creates new role for Kerrison’s
By Robert Salvo
A short stroll up King Street is sufficient to see that it remains the pulsing heart of Charleston’s commercial district. However, those of you who read Dan Henderson’s insightful column in the last edition of the salmon sheets — and anyone who visited the area in the last quarter of the 20th century — know this was not the case for quite some time. While King Street revitalization was a priority of local government since Joe Riley’s first mayoral campaign in 1975, changes in demography and changes in business practices laid the area low for many years.
Putin sets his gaze on Estonia: It’s time for a new approach
By Will Cathcart
TBILISI — The abduction of Estonian Security Services officer Eston Kohver on the final day of the NATO summit and two days after President Obama’s visit to Estonia was not a coincidence. The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) had known of Kohver since 2011 when he was specifically named, along with several other Estonian security officials, in an FSB press conference about the threat of Estonian intelligence services. Moscow sent a very clear message to the NATO country — that they could cross its border and take one its own by gunpoint, toss him indefinitely in a former KGB prison and charge him with espionage.
Arthur M. Wilcox, a distinguished patriot and community leader
Arthur Manigault Wilcox, an admired, courtly and faithful community leader, died Monday at age 92. He stepped into many roles in life with vigor and determination. From starting his own in-house school of journalism at the firm now known as Evening Post Industries, to service to country in the United States Navy during World War II, Mr. Wilcox matched his fire in the belly with the twinkle in his eye, as one longtime Charlestonian commented.