By Peg Eastman 

Now that most of the final documents about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy have been released, the subject has once again become national news. Those who were alive then remember vividly that it was only a few days before Thanksgiving 1963, when America was jolted out of its post-war complacency with the news that the president had been shot in Dallas while riding in a presidential motorcade with his wife and Governor and Mrs. John Connally. An hour later, came the shocking announcement that the president was dead — a bullet had destroyed his brain.

Firearms in history

By Grahame Long

Dummy Rifle (or “fencing rifle”)


Chillicothe, Ohio


 Not to be confused with other “dummy” weaponry used to deceive enemy reconnaissance, these all-wooden “devices” mimic bolt-action rifle and bayonet forms and were used as training tools for American and other allied recruits. Due to expanding trench warfare tactics being employed throughout Western Europe by 1915, hand-to-hand combat training had become even more essential for those on the front. Furthermore, because of Allied shortages of rifles at the beginning of the war, plenty of new recruits were reduced to training with makeshift substitute weaponry. In Britain, for example, more than one million men had volunteered for service by the end of 1914, causing the demand for proper firearms (not to mention uniforms most other necessary equipages) to far outrun supply.

By Patra Taylor

Lee, Moultrie, Sumter, Horry, Hampton, Pickens, Marion: These are the names of just a few of the Palmetto State’s first century patriots who led the charge in 188 hard fought battles to repel the British from S.C. during the American Revolution. Although the names seem ever-present in our daily lives, the gallant acts of our state’s heroes seem to have faded from our collective memory; the amazing stories of their lives and deaths now primarily the purview of historians.

By Larry Kobrovsky

Imagine armed soldiers coming to your town, pointing bayonets, speaking to you in a foreign language, robbing your native land of your recent hard won independence and then following this up by taking all of your possessions, telling you that you no longer owned anything you worked so hard to obtain and filling every spare inch of your dwelling with strangers. This was the experience of Lithuanians when the Soviets occupied their country in 1939.

Waring Library Society Medical History Moment

By Sarah Nesnow and Dulaney Wilson

Born in 1861, Sarah Campbell Allan was raised in Charleston, South Carolina in a Victorian atmosphere of means and privilege that also emphasized the importance of both education and achievement. Her family’s strong Presbyterian faith and belief in service to others certainly influenced Sarah in her studies and her choice of medicine as a career. Her exact motive for becoming a physician is unknown, yet she persisted in the face of significant obstacles and disappointments.

Waring Library Society Medical History Moment

By Susan Hoffius

Located on the southwest corner of Ashley Avenue and Beaufain Street overlooking Colonial Lake, the building that is now Baker House condominiums opened on Thanksgiving Day, 1912 as the Baker-Craig Sanatorium. Named for its founders Dr. Archibald E. Baker, Sr. of Charleston and Dr. Lawrence Craig of Dillon, South Carolina, the hospital was a private clinic specializing in surgical and gynecological cases. In 1917 Dr. Craig withdrew from the enterprise, leaving Dr. Baker as the sole owner and principal physician until his death on July 31, 1934.

Waring Library Society Medical History Moment

By Ronald O. Nickel

Imagine that you and your family are enjoying a short holiday in the beautiful English countryside in June 1744, when your pleasant trip is interrupted by the sudden experience of excruciating pain that a local physician has diagnosed as originating from a large kidney stone. What treatment options do you have, other than hoping the stone will pass quickly or lessening the pain with doses of laudanum? The physician offers a third suggestion: An inexpensive patented medicine that claims to dissolve kidney stones has recently become available.

Mercury newspaper racks are located at the following locations:

The Meeting Street Inn

Clair's Service Station at 334 Folly Rd.

Harris Teeter on Houston-Northcutt Blvd.

The Square Onion in I'On

Mt. Pleasant Library on Mathis Ferry Rd.