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Historic Happy Hour at Hollings Library

Rare Books & Local Whiskey on Jan. 15

COLUMBIA, S.C. (December 30, 2015)—Historic Columbia hosts its first Historic Happy Hour of the New Year with USC’s Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and Crouch Distilling in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library on Friday, Jan. 15, at 5:30 p.m.

The eclectic partnership creates an erudite happy hour of fine spirits and rare books. Guests enjoy a private look at the library’s current exhibition, Pat Conroy: A Retrospective, the first major exhibit of the newly acquired collection by the famed South Carolina author, while Crouch Distilling provides a tasting of their unique line of local craft whiskeys.

Afterwards, Jessica Crouch, USC archivist and co-founder of Crouch Distilling, leads VIP tours of the department’s special collection vault and stacks, which boasts world-renowned acquisitions of famous literary giants such Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Dashiell Hammett, Joseph Heller, and, of course, Pat Conroy.

“The collection itself is huge and it was difficult choosing which items to include in this first exhibit,” says Crouch, who curated the exhibit with Conroy. “Now that I’ve spent time with the collection, I can see so many applications for students and researchers. Not just for research into Pat Conroy, but also research into family psychology, the Civil War, Southern literature and the relationship between Southern authors, military history, and South Carolina history, specifically the low country.”

This memorable evening is not to be missed. $15 for HC members and $20 for non-members. Food and drink included with admission. Must be 21 or older to attend. Reservations are recommended, as space is limited.

Program attendees are encouraged to park in the Bull Street parking garage on the University of South Carolina campus. There is limited handicap parking available so please let us know in advance if you require assistance. The Bull Street Garage is located at 649 Bull Street. Enter through the main entrance of the Thomas Cooper Library, 1322 Greene Street, Columbia, S.C. 29208.

Questions: 803.252.1770 x23 or reservations@historiccolumbia.org


For more information, visit historiccolumbia.org.



About Historic Columbia Foundation:

In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition officially incorporated as the Historic Columbia Foundation. Over the next five decades the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. Visit historiccolumbia.org or find us on TwitterFacebookInstagram or YouTube for more details.


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