"If you are walking in Charleston, you are walking on someone's grave."--Sue Bennett, Charleston tour guide

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: charlestonbeyondthegrave.blogspot.com
Instructor: Patrick Harwood/Department of Communication
Phone: 843.224.3112 (call/text)
Email: harwoodp@cofc.edu
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: simmonsea@g.cofc.edu

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 http://csl.cofc.edu/labs/writing-lab/

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)   Note: Class canceled due to Hurricane Florence threat 
---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 findagrave.com 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)   Note: Class canceled due to Hurricane Florence threat 
---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)  Tonight: Ruth Miller visit and visit to two nearby church graveyards
---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) 

October 1 (Week 6)
---Ruth Miller AND 10 graveyard grave types blog posts are due at start of class

       ---Presentation on cemetery symbols and iconography
       ---Homework handout on interpreting different grave marker symbols ---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

        ***Sunday, October 7- Hurricane makeup class
      ---We will use this class to prepare for the midterm exam set for Oct. 15
      ---Discuss tomorrow's visit to Bethel United Methodist Church visit
      ---Distribute handout detailing the graveyard symbols scavenger hunt blog post assignment

       October 8 (Week 7)   Tonight we will visit nearby Bethel UMC and receive a tour from church administrator and licensed Charleston tour guide Sue Bennett
--- Bethel UMC symbols scavenger hunt blog posts due. See handout for assignment details. 

October 15 (Week 8) Note: Midterm grades are due Wednesday, Oct. 17 by noon
---Bethel UMC blog post due 

       ---Discuss Ancestor Research Project- pass out guidelines, topics 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
       ---Midterm Exam tonight 

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

       ---Ancestor proposals due tonight
       ---Magnolia Cemetery visit is next Monday- preview and distribute assigment details 
       ---View Magnolia Cemetery videos here
       ---Distribute Magnolia Cemetery Generals homework handout- due next week
       ---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)
---Review ancestry.com and other research tools (Prezi)

        ---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. 
    ---In class, write a 250+ word post in which you attempt to solve the mystery of why there is Elizabeth Jackson's headstone in front of our Robert Scott Small Building. The post must have at least one visual (preferably more) and three cited sources and embedded links. Be sure to also include mention of the saying inscribed on the marker here at CofC. Here are some sources to review as you prepare and write this post: 
                            --Charleston Post and Courier writer Robert Behre's 2011 column
                           --Patrick Harwood's "Clay the Cougar" CofC history video 
                            --Roadside America's piece on the Elizabeth Jackson statue in Lancaster, S.C. 
                           --"Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson: The Missing Matron" article (Strange History website)
                            --Elizabeth Jackson memorial at Charleston's Washington Park by City Hall

October 29 (Week 10) Magnolia Cemetery Trip Tonight- meet in front of Stern Center at 5:30 sharp!
--Elizabeth Jackson blog posts due and Magnolia Cemetery Generals homework

       --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 

       ---Magnolia Cemetery blog post due by today
       ---Work on your Ancestor research- posts and presentations are Nov. 12

 November 12 (Week 12)
        ---Ancestor presentations tonight 
       ----Return graded Elizabeth Jackson and Magnolia Cemetery project critiques
       ---Begin to discuss "Old Charlestonian" research project
       ---Also, discuss "Epic Epitaphs" assignment
       ---Discuss Sunday outing to two Charleston church graveyards

November 18 (Sunday)-- class excursion to two downtown church graveyards. See handout and class blog/website for details. Meet at 11 a.m. by the fountain at Marion Square at the corner of Calhoun and King streets.

       November 19 (Week 13) 
---Return graded ancestor blog posts
---Go through presentation on "Victorian Triumph and Tragedy" and Funeral Customs by Religions (article and handout) and Cultures (video). And also go through presentation on Charleston and the Civil War

November 26 (Week 14) 
---"Epic Epitaphs" blog post due
---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 (incompetech.com is an excellent free music source)
o    Post on your blog and the class blog (charlestonbeyondthegrave.blogspot.com)
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    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 
---Prezi "Old Charlestonian" Blog Posts Due 
---(Tentative) Old City Jail Tour Tonight 7 p.m. - Blog Post Details:  (Post is due by Thursday)
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!