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

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Extra Credit Opportunity: Kizoa End of Semester Slideshow

This is optional but if you would like to earn extra credit points I encourage to do this project. Create a semester in review slideshow using the free Kizoa platform.  Embed on your blog so it looks like this. If you choose to do a Kizoa slideshow you must let me know that you have posted it by Dec. 12. Final grades are due Dec. 14.

"Old Charlestonian" Assignment Details

Saturday, November 24, 2018

Friday, November 23, 2018

Historical Research Tips: Old Charlestonian Project

Sunday's Enlightening (and Exercising) Excursion!

My students and I crisscrossed the peninsula on Sunday, Nov. 19 to visit two of Charleston's oldest church graveyards located at Second Presbyterian Church on Meeting Street and Unitarian Church on Archdale.

The class has 22 students- here are the "Nifty Nine" who took part in the outing
As a bonus, we got to see the inside of the Unitarian Church as it was open for tours.  Read more about the successful outing here on my BirdsEyeViews blog.

Here are approaches I have shared with the students about conducting research on "Old Charlestonians" interred at graveyards like the ones we visited on this day. 

Monday, November 19, 2018

Decrepit Charlestonian

Welcome, fellow blog viewer! Click here to get a little sneak peak at my Old Charlestonian blog!

Kevin's Epic Epitaphs

Hey bloggers! If you are interested in Victorian graveyard epitaphs in Charleston, SC make sure to check out my latest blog post. Thank you!

Bailey's Epitaphs

Check mine out here:

Epitaphs Older Than Taft

Come and see my documentation regarding several epitaphs from the Unitarian and Second Presbyterian Church graveyards!

Epitaph Exploration - A Trip to Unitarian and Second Presbyterian Graveyards

Check out my awesome blog post about these awesome epitaphs in these awesome graveyards in this awesome city for our awesome class!

Elaborate Epitaphs!

Hey folks! Come check out my blog on epitaphs!
Epitaph Riffraff! check it out here .

Epitaphs for Life

Hey guys! Check out my blog for my experience with epitaphs...

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Funeral and Religious Practices Around the World and in the United States

We will review more funeral customs from around the world, past and present.  This YouTube video looks at several, which helps illustrate how very different such practices can be.

Viking Ship Burning Funeral 

               Tibetan sky burial 
        (Images found on the Internet)

In America, different religions have specific customs and practices regarding funerals and disposition of the dead through burials, cremations, etc. This article from a Wichita, Kansas newspaper compares and contrasts the most widely practiced U.S. religions.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Victorian Splendor/Victorian Tragedy

Please click here if you are unable to view this Prezi presentation.

This presentation looks at the high death rate, especially among infants and children, in the 18th and 19th centuries, which is well represented in the old cemeteries and graveyards in Charleston.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Irish Bloodline

This post is about my 6th great-grandfather, James Linn, who had a life full of history.

Great Grandparents


Ancestor Post

Check out my post! you won't regret it! Click Here

Tanner Steffy

Ancestor project

A Fallen Hero

Click here to see what New York’s finest looked like over a century ago!

Loree Wells: A Wonder Woman

Check out my ancestor blog here.

The Great-Grandfather That I Just Missed

Come check out my newest post and meet my great-grandfather Prince Wilbert Carroll.

Bailey Adams Ancestor Presentation

Hi this is my ancestor project! I decided to uncover all about my great-grandma Christine Brewer. The link is here

Poppy in the Penitentiary: a look into an unfair imprisonment

Check out my blog to learn more about my great grandfather and his unfair imprisonment!

The STEPS To A Hero

My Great Grandfather grew up in the same place as me, but lead a completely different life. Click Here to read about him!

Great Ancestry

Click here to read about my amazing great grandfather!

Family History and Treason

Click Here to check out the life of John C. Sutton as well as an interesting story about my treacherous 7th-great-uncle!

The Ancient Dudley

I am attaching a link to learn all about Thomas Elihue Dudley.. enjoy!!!

My Amazing Ancestor

Check out this cool post about John Siegling and his effect on Charleston!

Astonishing Anastacio

Click right HERE to read about Anastacio Gale!

Antonio Millo: A Simple Man with a Big Heart

Hey bloggers! My name is Kevin and I would like to invite you all to come check out my newest blog post where I talked about my great-grandfather, Antonio Millo.

Antonio on his 92nd Birthday- the year he died. 
My great-grandfather died when I was eleven years old and I barely knew him.

 I remember going to visit him in NJ when I was little and I remember just how much of a sweet old man he was.

Antonio was a very simple man, who worked as a doorman in Manhattan for most of his life.

 He was very healthy and always watched what he ate, which is why he lived to be 92.

In order to find details about him, I used ancestry.com and I also talked to my mother Michelle and grandmother Nicoletta to find details about his life.

I was surprised to find out that he was born in Naples, Italy and came to America through Ellis Island when he was 8 years old.
Ellis Island Naturalization Papers 

 I also found out that before he truly retired, he worked in his 80's as a golf-cart driver in Las Vegas airports.

Antonio died in 2011 from pneumonia from a heart condition called A-FIB. He is buried in St. Raymond's Cemetery in the Bronx, and shares a headstone with his ex-wife Irene.

If you are interested in reading more about this wonderful man, make sure to check out my blog post!

Amazing Ancestor

Click here to learn all about my amazing ancestor!

A Life Worth Living

Hi guys! Check out some of my content, including my Magnolia Cemetery post & ancestor research!

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Ancestor Blog Post

Hello everyone! Come see the blog post all about my adventurous ancestor William McHale!

Graveyard Visits: Sunday, November 18

On Sunday, Nov. 18 at 11 a.m. we will have a class outing. We will visit two old Charleston church graveyards:  Second Presbyterian Church, 342 Meeting St. and Unitarian Church of Charleston, 4 Archdale St.

Second Presbyterian Church Graveyard
The purpose of this field trip is threefold:
1. To identify an "Old Charlestonian" to research and write about for this assignment and presentation. Unless you have already found someone from one of our previous graveyard/cemetery visits, then you must pick someone from one of these two graveyards.

2. Take photographs and document "Epic Epitaphs" for this blog post assignment. The task is to find, photograph and detail at least six graves that have, to you, interesting, touching, unusual or meaningful epitaph inscriptions. For this post, you must have some from each graveyard visited on this date. Along with photos and transcriptions of the epitaphs, include their origins (Bible, poetry, literature, songs, etc) and the name(s) of people interred and when they lived and died.  Include the type of grave marker also. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Stealing Magnolia's Beauty

Check out my blog to read about some cool people!😎

Visiting a Cemetery at Twilight

Hi Everyone! Come see my blog post all about my visit to the scenic Magnolia Cemetery!

Tales of the Magnolia Cemetery

Hey bloggers! Check out my blog where I talk about my incredible experience touring the Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston, SC with my Beyond the Grave class. Thank you!

Monday, November 5, 2018

At Deaths Door

Magnolia Cemetery is absolutely astounding!!! Go to my blog and check out what I have to say about my experience there.

A trip to Magnolia

Magnolia cemetery was a memorable trip, check out my blog post to hear more about my experience!

Magnolia Cemetery: a True Garden of Graves

Recently went to Magnolia Cemetery. Had a wonderful time! Check out my blog post to see more!

Wild World at Magnolia Cemetery

See my blog for my insight on the wonderful Magnolia Cemetery!https://thespookytimes.blogspot.com/

Miraculously Beautiful Magnolia

Last Monday, my classmates and I took a cab trip out to Magnolia Cemetery. We had a fabulous time checking out all of the cool headstones and monuments this place had! It was really easy to write my blog post about this cemetery since it had so much to offer. Go check out my blog!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Magnolia Cemetery Gives Students a New Perspective

Monday night we caravaned the 10-minute drive from campus to Magnolia Cemetery- a short trip but a very long step back in time.

Students were able to see up close and personal many majestic, magnificent and artistic graveyard treasures going back as far as the 1850s. And back then they were all created by skilled artisans using only hammers and chisels, I remind the students.

If you've never been to Magnolia Cemetery, one of the nation's most beautiful and historic, get a taste of it by viewing my "Best of Magnolia Cemetery" video on YouTube.  

Two days before Halloween and a few costumes in this class photo!

I look forward to reading the students' blog posts. I hope they enjoyed seeing Magnolia Cemetery as much as I enjoyed showing it to them!