Coastal Carolina University professors Eldred "Wink" Prince and Becky Childs present a media presentation titled "Ten Events That Shaped Horry County" on Wednesday, March 21, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the CCU Myrtle Beach Education Center located at 900 79th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach and again on Wednesday, March 28, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the CCU Waccamaw Center for Higher Education located at 160 Willbrook Blvd. in Litchfield. The event is free and open to the public.
Prince and Childs will discuss the most significant events in the growth of Horry County, spanning from the early 1700s to present day. These events have helped develop the county into one of the more prominent areas of the Sunbelt. The presentation will be a lecture complemented by audio and visual media taken from the Horry County Oral History and Language Project (HCOHP). The media will feature interviews with local residents-past and present-who share their stories about Horry County's rich local history. The presentation promotes dialogue between the presenters as well as attendees, who are encouraged to share their own experiences and opinions.
Prince, a history professor and director of the Waccamaw Center for Cultural and Historical Studies, is considered to be the leading authority on the Carolina tobacco culture. His book "Long Green: the Rise and Fall of Tobacco in South Carolina" received the South Carolina Historical Society's George C. Rogers Award for the best book of South Carolina history in 2001. Childs, associate professor of English, received her doctoral degree in linguistics from the University of Georgia in 2005. Childs current research focuses on Southern linguistics, working closely with the HCOHP to study language changes specific to the area.
The presentation is part of the 10th annual Community Dialogue Series presented by the Board of Visitors of the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. For more information, contact the college at 843-349-2421.