Regional Partnerships and Research

Centers and Initiatives


As a history student, you have the opportunity to gain valuable, career-focused, hands-on experience in many of the regional partnerships and centers.

  • The Athenaeum Press (publishing & research)
  • Brookgreen Gardens (archives & cultural resources)
  • Horry County Archives (archives & libraries)
  • Horry County Museum & L. W. Paul Living History Farm (museum studies)
  • Horry County Planning & Zoning Department (historic preservation)
  • Horry County Solicitor’s Office (law)
  • Huntington Beach State Park (conservation & historic site)
  • Washington Internship Institute (semester-long internship in Washington D.C.)

Waccamaw Center for Cultural and Historical Studies 

The purpose of the Waccamaw Center for Cultural and Historical Studies is to involve faculty, students, and the community in the rich heritage of the local area along the beautiful and historic Waccamaw River which runs from North Carolina, passes the University, and goes down to Georgetown, South Carolina. Boasting a wide array of public programs, the center also conducts archaeological investigations, with the help of students who receive academic credit, on historic and prehistoric sites and coordinates research in a number of areas, including colonial life, slavery, the Revolutionary War, and the history of Myrtle Beach and the surrounding territory. Students who are so inclined may participate in the research through formal course work or independent study and avail themselves of the center's bountiful sources.

The United Bank Center for Military and Veteran Studies

Established in 2010, the United Bank Center for Military and Veteran Studies at Coastal Carolina University seeks to enhance instruction in military science and history, collect and preserve veteran oral histories, and support and encourage scholarly activities, research, preservation, and events related to American military science and American veteran studies.

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Tobacco Barn Project

In 2008 and 2009, the Waccamaw Center collaborated with the Black Creek Arts Council of Darlington County in a traveling exhibit featuring photgraphs of historic tobacco barns. Museums in Hartsville, Florence, Latta, Mullins, and Conway hosted the exhibit.  The photographs were taken by Benton Henry of Latta. Dr. Prince served as project historian, writing copy for the photographs and speaking at the venues.

Peter Horry Project

Peter Horry, the person for whom Horry County is named, was an officer in the War for Independence and a substantial rice planter in the early republic period. Horry kept a journal describing his business affairs, travels, and social life. Dr. Roy Talbert of Coastal Carolina University, assisted by Meggan Farish, are transcribing the journal for publication. The Waccamaw Center is providing academic and material support for the Peter Horry Project.