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Wednesday, October 20th
1 — 2 p.m.
Coming Home: The Rematriation of Heirloom Crops and Fruits to Columbia and South Carolina
Historic Columbia Members - $20 Per Course
Non-Members - $30 Per Course
Hampton-Preston Mansion and Gardens : 1615 Blanding St., Columbia, SC 29201
This lecture will examine the successful partnership between Historic Columbia Director of Grounds Keith Mearns, Dr. David Shields of the University of South Carolina, and many others as they track down and secure the signature “lost” ingredients of pre-industrial southern cuisine.
This class is in cooperation with the Lourie Center. The "Lourie Lectures" continue to provide engaging educational presentations and discourse for adults over 50. Taught by academics and content experts, topics explore the arts and humanities, science, culture and more.
Keith Mearns is a horticulturist who researches, designs, and installs period-appropriate gardens. He earned a degree in anthropology with a minor in environmental studies from the University of South Carolina. Before joining Historic Columbia, he worked at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden and assisted with digital collections at USC’s herbarium. In 2021 Keith was named the winner of the American Horticultural Society’s 2021 Emerging Horticultural Professional Award.