Sunday, September 9, 2018

Grave Marker Types Review

We will review the various types of grave markers prior to our visit tonight to two nearby church graveyards. Click here if you are unable to play the Prezi below.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Student Blog Names and Addresses

Please type in your name, your blog name and its address as follows:

Bailey Adams               Gothic Gal                               
Olivia Asmar             Beyond the Grave: Charleston, South Carolina
Anna Buko                   Vapor Graves                          
Caileigh Burnett         Stone Magnolias                       
Landon Choboy          Beyond the Grave with Landon
Molly Connelly           Molly Above The Grave         
Alexis Des Marais       Alexis' Cemetery Stories        
Alexandra Dougherty
Joseph Tyler Dunn       I See Dead People: Magnolia 
Amani Dunston           The Thunder From Down Under
Chels Hagan               Grave Circumstances Are Upon Us
Reece Hammond           The Spooky Times               
Max Hildreth               Max's Beyond the Grave Tour
Ben Kelehear               A Walk With Death               
Declan McCormack       Declan Was Here               
Kevin Myhre                 Kevin's Blog                       
Cameron Sheffield          Chucktown's Permanent  
Drayton Siegling         Beyond the grave with Drayton
Tanner Steffy              beyond the grave with tanner
Jack Sutton             Ghosts N' Graves Guy              
Mary Katherine Waters   Beyond The Grave          
Becker West                Beyond The Grave With Becker

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Quick Field Guide to Marker Types

This shows most of the types of markers that can be found at older Charleston area graveyards and cemeteries.  Source: Chicora Foundation

This is an interesting link within the Chicora Foundation's Cemetery Research report.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Tonight is the first meeting of my new First Year Experience class at the College of Charleston. With 22 students enrolled, this is my largest FYE class ever!

We are fortunate to have a very nice classroom

The students come from many different states. Eleven do come from South Carolina.  Other students are from North Carolina, Georgia, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York and California.

Five of the freshmen are student-athletes. Their sports are baseball, softball, equestrian, sailing, and crew.

I'm looking forward to seeing the students new blogs that they are creating for this class.  And their first blog posts are due next week. So we'll see what they have to say about their lives so far in college!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Course Syllabus- Fall 2018

"Beyond the Grave" Fall 2018

“Beyond the Grave: What Old Cemeteries Tell and Teach the Living”
Term: Fall 2018
Course Number: FYSE 111-01 (13541)
Class Day/Time: Mondays, 6-8:45 p.m.
Location: Robert Scott Small Room 138
Class Web (Blog) Site:
Instructor: Patrick Harwood/Department of Communication
Phone: 843.224.3112 (call/text)
Office: Robert Scott Small, Room 126
Office Hours: One hour before and after class
Peer Facilitator:  Liz Simmons   Class: Mondays 9 a.m. BellSouth 400
Phone: 978.764.2959   Email:

Circular Congregational Church

Situated in the historic district of the “Holy City,” the College of Charleston is surrounded by Charleston’s historic streets, buildings, and cemeteries.  This class will focus on the many 18th and 19th century graveyards within walking distance of campus and beyond. We will use multiple disciplinary perspectives to study long ago lives, researching and examining how people lived and died. Funerary customs- how people are buried, memorialized and remembered- can tell us things about the past and also put into perspective, in some ways, our lives and lifestyles today.

This class is also about you becoming a better writer and researcher. Writing techniques, structure, grammar and other basics will be emphasized and interwoven throughout the many assignments, such as blog posts, that you will be doing. You will be exposed to various research resources online, on campus and elsewhere that will be utilized for different assignments.

The course is also about multimedia online content creation and dissemination. On your blogs you will write and create an array of different types of content using words, photos and videos produced using programs some of which may be familiar, others maybe not.

(photo: Magnolia Cemetery)

  • Attend every class, be on time
  • Don't be disruptive with use of cell phones during class 
  • Complete assignments on time and strive to improve
  • Create your own blog and keep it up to date 
  • Meet deadlines, be creative 
  • Ask questions, share opinions in class
  • Participate in all class outings during and outside class time
  • Save all photos you take because you will need them 

  • Students will be able to identify and use the appropriate academic resources and student support services offered at the university. These would include the Addlestone Library, information technology, the Center for Student Learning, the Career Center, and other appropriate academic resources, student support services, and cultural resources. 
  • Students will be able to use appropriate tools and search strategies for identifying particular types of information specific to this course
  • Students will be able to use appropriate critical thinking skills and problem-solving techniques in appropriate disciplinary contexts and make connections across disciplines and/or relevant experiences
I encourage you to take advantage of the Writing Lab in the Center for Student Learning (Addlestone Library, first floor).  Trained writing consultants can help with writing for all courses; they offer one-to-one consultations that address everything from brainstorming and developing ideas to crafting strong sentences and documenting sources.  For more information, please call 843.953.5635 or visit

St. Mary's Catholic Church
  • "In the Arms of Angels: Magnolia Cemetery- Charleston's Treasure of History, Mystery and Artistry" by Patrick Harwood (2014)- this book should be purchased directly from your teacher. Cost is $50 (cash, check or credit card)
  • "Stories Told in Stone- Cemetery Iconography" by Gaylor Cooper (2009, Motes Books)- please purchase at the CofC Bookstore
  • You will need to be able to take quality photographs so have a camera or smartphone that can do so
  • Flashdrive will be helpful in bringing your photos to class when needed and for storing photos taken for class
Bethel United Methodist Church
 Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming Street (Episcopal)
Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting St. (across from Marion Square Embassy Suites hotel)
St. Patrick Catholic Church, 134 St. Philip St.
 Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St. (United Church of Christ and Presbyterian Church)

  • Graveyard and cemetery visits facts and impressions
  • Graveyard symbols and epitaphs
  • Personal ancestory research and writing
  • "Old Charlestonian" research and writing 
  • Guest speaker visits 
  • End of semester slideshow/video project


A 94-100; A- 90-93; B+ 87-89; B 83-86; B- 80-82; C+ 77-79; C 73-76; C- 70-72; D+ 65-69; D 60-64; F 59 and under

A = 4.00 B = 3.00 C = 2.00 D = 1.00 A- = 3.67 B- = 2.67 C- = 1.67 F = 0.00 B+ = 3.33 C+ = 2.33
D+ = 1.33 

First Scots Presbyterian Church
Two Exams (midterm and final):                         40 percent
Blog Assignments:                                                40 percent 
Participation, homework, other assignments:    10 percent
Peer facilitator classes and work:                        10 percent 
Note: There will be extra credit opportunities by doing extra blog posts on topics related to this course's subject material  


Note: This syllabus is subject to change so you should not rely on a printed version made early in the semester. I will bring up the syllabus almost every class and talk about changes to it and when things are due, upcoming activities, etc. Homework and other key assignments/events are underlined for emphasis. 

August 27 (Week 1)  
---Course introduction and overview...Peer facilitator and her role...syllabus review...required books...student information sheets...class and individual Blogger blogs...Prezi No. 1: Course Overview...your professor's cemetery interests, research and books...steps to setting up and posting to your blogs
---Course Introduction (Prezi)
---Funeral and Cemetery Evolution (Prezi)
---Homework for next class:
    ---Set up your individual blogs using Blogger- make sure it is three columns and in the columns have at least these four "gadgets": About Me- use the Image gadget to post your photo and under it have a few lines to introduce yourself and this new blog; Follow By Email, Search This Blog, and Blog Stats
    ---Write a first blog post about who you are and where you are from, what you plan to study in college and hope to do after college, what your first CofC semester was like, what your hobbies and other interests are, include two or more photos and also have two or more embedded links 
    ---Be ready by next class to share your blog name and address for the master list
    ---Also, complete Homework #1 handout after reading the listed sections in our books

September 3 (Week 2) 
---Review and collect Homework #1 handout
---Book purchase updates
---Blog set up questions and issues
---Compile class master list of blog names and addresses (URLs) 
---Blog writing workshop- Prezi on "Road to Better Blogging"  
---Encourage use of Grammarly for spelling and other writing checks
---Prezi presentations on types of grave markers and graveyard visit procedures and tips  
---Review "Identifying Your Ancestors" (pages 25-53) in "Stories Told in Stone" and other parts to read for homework assignment 
---Homework for next class: read designated parts of both books and complete hand out 

September 10 (Week 3) 
---Review and collect Homework #2
---Visit tonight to the graveyards of Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul and St. Patrick's Church. At Cathedral Church, meet with church archivist Linda McCants- Also, look for and photograph epitaphs that catch your eye for future project
---Before leaving the classroom review Types of Grave Markers (Prezi) and the website 
---Preview class visit next week to two nearby church graveyards- visiting a cemetery or graveyard: what to look for--detail blog post assignment with this outing---
Discuss epitaphs and look for and discuss interesting ones at local grave sites

       --- Begin to also start to look for good "Old Charlestonian" subjects ---Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul, 126 Coming St.    Church Website   FindAGrave Site  Wikipedia Entry 
---St. Patrick Catholic Church, 134 St. Philip St.  Church Website  Church History   FindAGrave Site
---Blog Post Due Next Class:  At least 10 different types of grave markers can be found in the graveyards at Cathedral Church and St. Patrick. Create a blog post showing your photographs of 10 or more different types of these grave markers found during our visit. To correctly identify the markers review your textbooks and this Prezi.  The writing to accompany each photo should say where you found the marker (which church graveyard), what type it is with a brief description of each type, who is buried there, when he/she lived and died, and anything else you want to write and observe.  

September 17 (Week 4)   Class meets at 6 p.m. in Room 122, Addlestone Library 
---St. Luke/Paul and St. Patrick's church graveyards blog post due today
---Visit Addlestone Library to meet with librarian Jared Seay about research resources there 
---Preview guest speaker next week, Ms. Ruth Miller, Charleston historian, author and tour guide 
---Preview blog post guidelines on her talk:
---Due next Monday: Write a 300-plus word blog post about Ruth Miller's visit to our class. Include at least three full quotes from her. Focus on a few of her major themes and your major takeaways- what surprised you, what did you learn, what do you think other people should know?  
---Address her background such as how she became interested in Charleston graveyards
---Be sure to mention the books she has written about several Charleston church graveyards- and include links to her book site as well as her main homepage.  See those links below in Sept. 24 class information.
---Take careful notes during her presentation. Write (or record) interesting, insightful and particularly articulate or colorful things she says, especially to use for your full sentence quotes. 
---Give the post an engaging headline and lead sentence; keep paragraphs short and flowing 
---Include a visual of her that you take- her speaking to the class or her with your professor at the end of her talk.  You can also have a picture taken of you with her. 
---Per every blog post, have two or more embedded links and two or more label words
---Go through steps to link your graveyard visits blog post to the class blog
---Homework for next week: complete Homework 3 handout on grave marker symbols and iconography 

September 24 (Week 5)  Ruth Miller visit
---Collect Homework 3 handout
---Guest speaker tonight: Ruth Miller, Charleston historian, author and tour guide
---See link to her books here 
---Homework for next class: Ruth Miller blog post- details are listed above (under Sept. 17 class) 
---Presentation on cemetery symbols and iconography
---Visit next week to Bethel UMC for symbols scavenger hunt- details will be given- distribute sheet to help keep track of symbols seen-- looks also for more epitaphs for future project

October 1 (Week 6)
---Ruth Miller blog post due at start of class
---Visit tonight to Bethel United Methodist Church, 57 Pitt St. for symbol scavenger hunt . We will meet there with Sue Bennett, the church administrator who is also a licensed Charleston tour guide.  
---Bethel UMC "Symbols Scavenger Hunt" Blog Post Details: Photograph at least 10 different examples of grave marker symbolism or iconography. Have appropriate set up writing to begin the post- hit on the church's rich history; two or more embedded links; and two/more label words. With each photograph, say what the symbol is and what is means. Also include the type of grave marker and who is buried there, when he/she lived and died, if available. The post must also include a photograph you take of Sue Bennett and at least two or three references to things she said about the church and the graveyard. Have at least one full quote.  Use your textbooks and online resources shown you to properly identify and interpret these symbols. Here is Bethel United Methodist Church's homepage and a link within that to its history.y

October 8 (Week 7)
--- Bethel UMC symbols scavenger hunt blog posts due. See Feb. 19 for assignment details. 
---View and discuss PBS' "Ten Parks That Changed America"- Mt. Auburn Cemetery, near Boston, which is America's first "rural" cemetery, is featured (10:54 in)
---Midterm Exam Study Guide distributed and reviewed

October 15 (Week 8) Note: Midterm grades are due Wednesday, Oct. 17 by noon
---Midterm Exam tonight 

       ---Discuss Elizabeth Jackson headstone visit and blog post for next week

October 22 (Week 9) Note: Wednesday, Oct. 24 is late day to withdraw with a "W"
---Return Midterm Exams

       ---Tonight we will discuss and visit the headstone of Elizabeth Jackson located in front of the Robert Scott Small building. There will be a timed writing when we return to the classroom- details will be given
       ---Ancestor Research Project- distribute assignment guidelines- subject proposals are due next week
---Steps to begin the process: talk to your parents, grandparents, other relatives to identify a "worthy" and interesting ancestor to research- subject must be at least a great grandparent
---Review and other research tools (Prezi) 
---Ancestor proposals due next week- type per the guidelines given

October 29 (Week 10) 
--Elizabeth Jackson blog posts due
--Return Ancestor topic proposals 

      --Continue to discuss Ancestor research post and presentation- due on Monday after Fall Break

November 5 (Week 11)  Fall Break- No class tonight 

--- Work on your Ancestor research- posts and presentations are Nov. 12

 November 12 (Week 12)
        ---Ancestor presentations tonight 
       ---Begin to discuss "Old Charlestonian" research project
       ---Also, discuss "Epic Epitaphs" Prezi project (start by setting up your Prezi account)- Prezi will be due on our last class---Submit "Old Charlestonian" topic next week
---"Old Charlestonian" research proposals due -- we will review these during class tonight
---Discuss next week's Magnolia Cemetery field trip- distribute post guidelines
---Distribute Magnolia Cemetery Confederate Generals homework

November 19 (Week 13) 
---Magnolia Cemetery Field Trip- Cabs will pick us up in front of Stern Center at 5:30 p.m. 
---Turn in Magnolia Cemetery Confederate generals homework

        ---"Old Charlestonian" post and presentations are next week

November 26 (Week 14) 
---"Old Charlestonian" presentations tonight 
---Final Exam Study Guide distribution and review 

      ---Continue with Prezi project- is due next week along with the Magnolia Cemetery blogpost---Final slideshow/video project details and guidelines 
Video Project Details- Produce a video that documents the things you have done and seen during this FYE class this semester. The length should be 1:30- 2 minute video (OK if it’s longer)
o    The video must be produced using Windows Movie Maker, Apple iMovie or Kizoa
o    Use text to convey information such as the cemetery name and address, the gravesite we are seeing, other information
o    Video must have music with it ( is an excellent free music source)
o    Post on your blog and the class blog (
o    This video will be due on our exam date and will be worth 10 points on the final exam
o    Also remember copyright free music is available on the Incompetech website (go to Royalty Free Music link, then View Collections)
o    Go through my Apple iMovie video tutorial

o    Introduce Kizoa slideshow program- students can do a slideshow in Kizoa instead of producing a video in iMovie or Windows Movie Maker. See my Magnolia Cemetery Kizoa as an example of what you can do with Kizoa

December 3 (Week 15)- Last class 
---Magnolia Cemetery blogpost due and also the Prezi "Epic Epitaphs" post 
---(Tentative) Old City Jail Tour Tonight 7 p.m. - Blog Post Details:  (Post is due by Monday, April 30
Please write a 300-plus blog post about the following
Open the post with some of your thoughts and impressions of touring the jail
Briefly go into the Old City Jail’s colorful history
Detail some of the places within the jail that you will see
Detail some of the stories and anecdotes the tour guide will shar
Be sure to make note of the tour guide’s name and correct spelling, and the name of the tour company
Have at least two full sentence quotes from the guide about some aspect of the jail you find interesting and/or insightful (routine facts should not be quoted)
End the post with some final thoughts and impressions
Include at least three photographs that you take outside and/or inside the jail
And, as always, include two or more embedded links to relevant material 

Final Exam:  Monday, December 10, 4-7 p.m.  
---10 point semester in review video/slideshow due

Final Grades are due Friday, Dec. 14 by noon

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Grave Finding in the ACE Basin!

One of the highlights of my summer was to finally find a mysterious grave site in the woods down in the ACE Basin.

The graves are briefly mentioned in a tour guide of the Boynton Trail located within the vast Donnelley Wildlife Management Area, which from my house about 50 miles south of Charleston off Highway 17.
The small grave site I found after much effort
My well earned smile! 

On my BirdsEyeViews blog I did a detailed post about this adventure. Click here to check it out! 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Bethel Church and Graveyard Tour with Sue Bennett

What a treat this past semester to meet Bethel United Methodist Church administrator Sue Bennett, who is also a longtime Charleston tour guide.

We had the pleasure of receiving a tour of Bethel and its older church across the street. I put together this Kizoa slideshow to highlight what she showed us. Thank you Sue Bennett!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Dolphin "864" Sighting in Charleston's Harbor!

Look closely at this photo, which I took in March while visiting Fort Johnson, which is on James Island along the Charleston Harbor.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Semester Ends in Jail!

On our last day of class, Monday, April 23, we ended with a bang (or better yet a scream!) with a tour of Charleston's notorious Old City (or District) Jail. 

See the full post I wrote on my BirdsEyeViews blog

I hope this won't be the last time I'm able to take students there. Read my post linked above for the dubious news that the old jail may be turned into an office building. No! 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Monday, April 16, 2018

Bittersweet- Magnolia Cemetery

Check out my Magnolia Cemetery blogpost here!!

Kizoa Slideshow Demo: Bethel UMC Tour

Tonight I briefly introduced the class to Kizoa, a fun and easy to use platform for producing slideshows.  I have asked the students to create a semester-in-review video and suggested Kizoa as a free and pretty easy way to make a high-quality visual project.

For this sample, I used photos I took in February when we visited nearby Bethel United Methodist Church where staff member Sue Bennett gave us a very interesting tour.  

Migrating to Magnolia

Check out my Magnolia post!

Magnificent Magnolia

Wanna hear about my experience at Magnolia Cemetery? Click Here! 

Edward Henry Strobel found at Unitarian Cemetery!

Have you ever been to Unitarian Church? If not, I advise you to go! Unitarian Church has been BY FAR my favorite church and cemetery I have ever visited. A few weekends ago I went to Unitarian Church which took my breath away (see picture to the below). 
Unitarian Church
It was a big, beautiful, yellow church and had an even more beautiful cemetery (see picture below). The cemetery is overgrown with wild flowers, bushes, and weeds growing over many tombstones, which made this cemetery unique from others I have visited. 
Unitarian Cemetery

Edward Henry Strobel's Obelisk Tombstone
Front of Strobel's Obelisk 

After looking around for a little while, one obelisk tombstone really stood out, which was Edward Henry Strobel.  On the front it said, “Sacred to the memory of Edward Henry Strobel, A.B. LL.B. LL.D. of Harvard University. Born in Charleston, S.C. December 7, 1855. Died in Bangkok Siam. January 15, 1908" (see picture above). Then, on the side of the obelisk it said, “He served his country as charge O’Affairs in Spain and as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to Ecuador and Chile. His college as Bemis professor of international law” (see picture below). After seeing the size of the obelisk and reading the messages on the base, I decided to research Edward Henry Strobel.
Side of Strobel's Obelisk 

After visiting this grave, I googled Edward Henry Strobel and learned that he was the Secretary of Legation of the United States to Spain until 1890 and wrote a book on the Spanish revolution. This caught my attention because my great grandparents left Spain and moved to Chile because of the Spanish inquisitions.  Strobel was also the Third Assistant Secretary of State, Secretary of Legation, Minister Plenipotentiary (as said above), head of a special mission, sole arbitrator between two powers, Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and the trusted adviser of a progressive oriental government. Wow!!! Strobel only lived until fifty-two years and accomplished so many admirable tasks!!

Other than Strobel’s accomplishments, he was born in Charleston from a family whose fortunes the civil war bore heavily.  Strobel grew up in Charleston, went to preliminary school in Charleston, then went to Harvard, and graduated in 1877.  In 1882 he took the bar exam to become a lawyer and passed.  Then in 1884, Strobel participated in the presidential campaign where he wrote a pamphlet on Mr. Blaine  (the Republican candidate in the 1884 election) and his foreign policy.  The pamphlet seemed to have helped Cleveland win the election, considering he became president.  After Cleveland won the election, he offered Strobel the post of Secretary of Legation at Madrid.  Strobel accepted this position and worked in Spain for 5 years, where he worked as Charge d’Affaires for part of the time.

After working in Spain, in 1888 Strobel was sent on a special mission to Morocco. He spent two years in Morocco, moved back to the United States, and then in 1893 he was appointed the Third Assistant Secretary of State. In 1894 he became Minister to Ecuador and then also the Minister to Chile. From 1894-1905 Strobel traveled around the world working for the American Gorvment.  In 1905 Strobel returned to the US after being poisoned in Egypt. Strobel suffered for fifteen months to fight off the poison. After he survived the poison, he returned to his work in Siam, Thailand, but Strobel never really fully recovered. He died three years later in Siam where he was greatly respected.  Strobel entered relations with the Siamese Government knowing it was dangerous work, but took on the role as the General Adviser to the Siamese Government because he was a brave, highly respected man. I hope that one day I can accomplish a tenth of what Edward Henry Strobel had accomplished in his lifetime. 

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