Rodger Stroup to speak on major themes in South Carolina’s history

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Rodger Stroup to speak on major themes in South Carolina’s history

The Horry County Museum and The AVX Foundation present a lecture by Rodger Stroup on Saturday, July 14th, on themes in South Carolina’s history.

This presentation traces some of the major subjects in South Carolina’s history including the development of the state’s seal and symbols, the sense of independence that evolved during the colonial era and manifested itself in the state seceding from the Union in 1860 and the struggle to incorporate a large African American population into the mainstream of the state’s development.  We will also trace the story of the state’s ongoing support for our military.

A native of St. Louis, MO, Rodger Stroup grew up in Charlotte, NC and graduated with a B.A. Degree in History from Wofford College in 1968. After serving in the Army Signal Corps, Stroup attended graduate school at the University of South Carolina where his major fields of study included Southern and South Carolina History. Dr. Stroup has served as the director/curator of the Historic Columbia Foundation, deputy director of the South Carolina State Museum, and past chairman of the South Carolina Archives and History Center. Since retiring in 2009, Dr. Stroup has remained active in several history organizations and is currently the curator of the South Carolina Railroad Museum, the superintendent of railroad operations, and a certified conductor on the museum’s railroad the Rockton, Rion & Western Railroad. Dr. Stroup is currently working on a history of the South Carolina State Fair commemorating its 150th anniversary in 2019.

The program will begin at 1 pm in the McCown Auditorium located at 805 Main Street, Conway SC. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 843-915-5320 or email To view a full list of programs, visit our website at

1 Comment

  1. Bart Ford says:

    A Clemson professor told a classvthat I was in years ago about the State Fair and Big Thursday, and the Clemson -Carolina game. When they decided to move the game off Thursday, they at the time decided to cancel the game at the same tine. He said the State Legislature made that game a state law, that it must be played every year because it was a big money maker for both teams and their towns.

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