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DEEp sECRETS Solving the mystery of the H.L. Hunley

SC Sto r i e s

Dwelling in the past

SC Tr av e ls

Secrets of the Maya

Humor Me

February 2013

Kicking the bucket list


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THE MAGAZINE FOR COOPERATIVE MEMBERS Vol. 67 • No. 2 (ISSN 0047-486X, USPS 316-240) Read in more than 450,000 homes and businesses and published monthly except in December by The Electric Cooperatives of South Carolina, Inc. 808 Knox Abbott Drive Cayce, SC 29033

February 2013 • Volume 67, Number 2

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Keith Phillips ASSISTANT EDITOR

Diane Veto Parham

FEATURE

12 Deep secrets

A team of scientists has spent the last 12 years trying to solve one of the greatest mysteries of the Civil War: What happened to the H.L. Hunley? A newly restored artifact may unlock the answer.

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4 CO-OP CONNECTION Cooperative news

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A new state license plate honors educator and civil rights pioneer Mary McLeod Bethune. Plus: Ali Rogers, Miss South Carolina 2012, on her “little 10-day vacation” competing in the Miss America pageant.

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10 Men of distinction

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19 Exploring the past

Joseph McGill Jr. is on a personal quest to identify and preserve former slave quarters—and the stories they tell about our past. TR AVELS

20 Discovering an

American civilization

Consult your 5,000-year calendar and schedule a date to see the fascinating Secrets of the Maya exhibit at the S.C. State Museum. There’s more to this ancient culture than just doomsday prophecies.

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22 The Cottage

Leslie Rohland’s Bluffton eatery serves up a “Southern eclectic” menu that’s healthy and delicious.

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Meet two inspiring South Carolinians who overcame prejudice and segregation to make our state a better place to live.

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DEEp sECRETs

There’s only one rule to live by when compiling your “gotta do it” list—go big, or go home.

Solving the mystery of the H.L. Hunley

SC Sto r i e S

26 MARKETPLACE 28 SC EVENTS

Dwelling in the past

SC tr av e l S

Secrets of the Maya

Humor me

Kicking the bucket list February 2013

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30 A bucket list to die for

Archaeologists have found important new evidence that may solve the 149-year-old mystery surrounding the sinking of the Civil War submarine H.L. Hunley. Photo by Mic Smith.


On the Agenda For a listing p m co lete s, see of Event 8 page 2

Highlights

FEBRUARY 14–16, MARCH 1–2, MARCH 9

On the Run

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The BI-LO Myrtle Beach Marathon “runs wild” this year with elephants, chimps and tiger cubs at its Feb. 14–16 events—the race raises funds for the Rare Species Fund. Now in its 36th year, Greenville’s 5K/10K TD Bank Reedy River Run attracts regulars back every March to “run the Reedy,” finishing in front of scenic Falls Park downtown. The second annual Columbia SC Marathon expects runners from nearly every state at its March 9 races, all ending downtown with festivities on the State House lawn. All races welcome cheering spectators at the finish line. For details, visit mbmarathon.com or call (843) 293-7223; reedyriverrun.com or call (864) 303-0744; columbiascmarathon.com or call (803) 730-3663.

FEBRUARY 22

African-American Heritage Day

Modern-day students and centuries-old African-American traditions will meet at North Charleston’s Wannamaker County Park for a day-long exploration of culture, history and hands-on learning. Teachers can register elementary- and middle-school groups to come discover capoeira, a martial arts form disguised and preserved as dance by slaves; drumming, Gullah storytelling and sweetgrass basketry; and re-enactors of the 54th Regiment Massachusetts, among the first African-American soldiers in the Civil War. For details, visit ccprc.com or call (843) 795-4386.

FEBRUARY 15–17

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

You love wildlife, you love art—you belong at SEWE, the nation’s largest wildlife art and nature event. Crowds flock to Charleston for a weekend showcase of paintings, carvings, sculpture, decoy art, DockDogs jumping competitions and the sporting lifestyle. Celebrity guest Julie Scardina (left), known to TV audiences as the animal ambassador from SeaWorld and Busch Gardens, will lead up-close shows with alligators, bobcats and other wildlife. For details, visit sewe.com or call (843) 723-1748.

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MARCH 4–9

Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival Booted too soon, some say, from “Food Network Star” competition in 2011, charismatic Lowcountry chef Orchid Paulmeier will dazzle spectators in live gourmet cooking demos March 9 at Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn. After a week of “Great Chefs of the South Wine Dinners,” this gourmand’s festival finishes well with two days of wine tastings (take home a souvenir glass), auctions and an artisan market of foods and wines, plus a bartender’s challenge and waiter’s race.

For details, visit hiltonheadwineandfood.com or call (843) 686-4944.

MARCH 7–9

30th Annual National Shag Dance Championships

Dancing as a spectator sport will lure fans to the nation’s longest-running shag contest at the Spanish Galleon in North Myrtle Beach, with more than $17,000 in prizes for the winners. Special celebrity video tributes (one from Conway native and famed letter-turner Vanna White) and a salute to veterans are on tap, not to mention world-class shagging by contestants and the Championships 2013 Dance Team. For details, visit shagnationals.com or call (843) 222-6706.


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Competing for the crown She didn’t claim Miss America’s crown,

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but Miss South Carolina, Ali Rogers, sure made the competition exciting. Favored to win by Las Vegas oddsmakers, Rogers was a contender right up until the climactic moment that Miss New York, Mallory Hagan, was named Miss America 2013 on Jan. 12. Rogers is the first S.C. contestant to reach first runner-up status in the national pageant since 1990. “I was saying, ‘Holy cow, holy cow, holy cow’” while waiting on stage beside Hagan for the final announcement, Rogers said. “I didn’t feel my heart beating or my hands shaking until we came out on stage for the top five,” she said. “I realized I could actually win this thing and be swept off my feet, taken to New York and not see my family again until Easter.” Now Rogers says she is excited about “coming home, jumping right back into my full-time job as Miss

South Carolina” after what she calls “a little 10-day vacation.” The thrills came early during pageant week in Las Vegas, as Rogers won the Tuesday swimsuit preliminary (her trademark blue polish on her toes). On Wednesday, she was

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honored as top fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, the pageant’s charity. During the live pageant broadcast, viewers learned that Rogers placed second in online public voting for favorite contestant video. In the talent competition, she played an energetic piano rendition of The Jackson Five’s “I Want You Back.” Rogers finished the competition with $31,000 in scholarships—$25,000 as runner-up, $1,000 for her preliminary win and $5,000 for her fundraising efforts. She’ll return to her studies at Clemson in August, after crowning the next Miss South Carolina in July. A native of Laurens County and the daughter of Alex and Adair Rogers, members of Laurens Electric Cooperative, she was one of the co-op’s delegates to the 2009 Washington Youth Tour. —Diane Veto Parham

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On the Agenda New license plate pays tribute to Bethune Her portrait hangs in the S.C. State House. She has been honored with a monument in Washington, D.C., a U.S. Postal Service stamp, and two homes listed as national historic sites. Schools across the country bear her name. Now South Carolinians will see the name and face of Sumter County native Mary McLeod Bethune across the state on a new special license plate that recognizes Bethune’s extraordinary accomplishments and national impact in education and civil rights. The new plate was conceived by Jereleen Holliman-Miller, Bethune’s great-grandniece, and her husband, Ed, members of Black River Electric Cooperative. “A lot of children do not know

about Mary McLeod Bethune or even that she’s from South Carolina,” Miller says. “But that’s our daughter, that’s our history.” Bethune’s remarkable achievements grew from her commitment to improving the lives of AfricanAmericans through education. Born in Mayesville in 1875 to former slaves, she rose to prominence as an educator, founding Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona, Fla., and For information on how to request a Mary McLeod Bethune license plate, visit scdmvonline.com or go to a local branch of the S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.

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H.L. Hunley Slideshow: Learn more about our cover story and the Hunley’s fateful 1864 mission by watching a slideshow of CGI illustrations by Columbia artist Dan Dowdey. Ali Rogers Photo Gallery: See how Ali Rogers represented South Carolina with grace and style during the Miss America Competition. S.C. Stories: Find out where the Slave Dwelling Project will take founder Joseph McGill Jr. in 2013. S.C. Gardener: Don’t miss these expert tips for a weed-free lawn. t Chef’s Choice: Dig into homemade pistachio cream cake, courtesy of a bonus recipe from The Cottage in Bluffton. Energy Q&A: Insulating your garage door is an easy do-it-yourself job. Here’s how to get started.

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serving as an advisor to President Franklin Roosevelt. “Dr. Bethune left a blazing trail, not just in South Carolina,” Miller says. “That’s a great legacy that lives on and gives hope.” The Bethune license plate is the first in the state to honor an individual. The fee for the plate is $30 every two years. Proceeds will support S.C. projects and tourism related to Bethune, including a planned museum and restaurant, a nature trail and scholarships. —Diane Veto Parham

S.C.RAMBLE! By Charles Joyner, See Answer ON Page 26

Word play To go from NORTH to SOUTH you must change a letter, drop a letter or add a letter in each interim step to spell a new word. You can rearrange letters in any step. Note: Your answer may be different from mine. NORTH

_____ ____ SOUTH

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Dialogue

Men of distinction Every February since 1976, our nation has observed African-American History Month as a way to recognize inspiring leaders and signature events in the evolution of the country. This month, in schools across the state, our children will read about icons like Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, George Washington Carver, Martin Luther King Jr. and South Carolina’s own Mary McLeod Bethune (see page 8), but for every one of these celebrated leaders, there are millions of everyday people who overcame racism and prejudice. I’d like to introduce you to two such South Carolinians I’ve been honored to know personally.

William “Bill” Clinton

I met Bill Clinton during the September Honor Flight. A native of Lancaster, Bill was drafted into the U.S. Army while at Benedict College and served in the Philippines under Gen. Douglas MacArthur. In the Philippines, Bill says, the troops— African-Americans and whites—“ate, slept and prayed together.” When the troop ship came back to America, and Bill disembarked in Seattle, he saw two signs: one saying “Colored on this side” and one saying “White on this side.” “I thought we had paid the price,” he recalls. “Needless to say, the excitement about returning home was dampened.” In 1947, Bill met and married his wife, Mildred. When Mildred became pregnant, he searched for a better job. He found it with an aerospace company in Buffalo, N.Y., and the young family became part of a postwar population shift that saw millions of African-Americans go north to seek economic opportunity and escape the 10

Deep South. Bill worked hard, rose through the ranks, invested wisely in rental properties and enjoyed a full, prosperous life. The power of “home,” or, in this case, South Carolina, maintained a strong tug on Bill and Mildred’s hearts. They came back to Lancaster in 2005, where they live on 20 acres with their daughter, Miriam, and their granddaughter, Ebony.

Harold Rhodes Jr.

Harold Rhodes has huge hands—ones calloused by laying brick from 1958 to 1996. He would routinely lay 800 bricks a day. Harold would lift and lay nearly 8 million bricks, weighing 39,520,000 pounds, during his career. Bricklaying was not Harold’s first experience with hard working selfemployment. His community of Neyles Crossroads in Colleton County was close-knit. The baseball games were played in a field right behind Harold’s family’s house. “I used to sell drinking water to those boys playing ball, for five cents a quart,” he recalls. “My best days were the Fourth of July and Labor Day. I’d sell 40 quarts of water, make $2.” Harold loved where he lived. Later, he and his wife, Juanita, bought 13 acres around the “old home place” that his ancestors, emancipated slaves, had purchased a century earlier. There, they raised seven children: a dentist, a CPA, a courier, a teacher, a police chief and two business executives, who became moms, dads and pillars of their communities across the Southeast. Their love of the home place now extends to their 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, Bill Clinton (left) lived the American dream. Harold Rhodes is rarely without his cowboy hat and a smile.

Harold’s community loves him. He was elected to the Coastal Electric Cooperative board in 1993 and continues to serve. Whenever you see him, he will be in a hat, usually cowboy, and beaming a smile. He calls me “young man.” If the day’s events have knocked me down a bit, Harold will pick me up with his sense of optimism, grounded not in simplicity but in his certainty that we can achieve almost anything—one brick at a time.

Fast Forward to 2013

As I watched the swearing in for a second term of the nation’s first African-American president on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I was moved by a portion of Myrlie EversWilliams’ invocation: “We ask, too, Almighty, that where our paths seem blanketed by [throngs] of oppression and riddled by pangs of despair, we ask for your guidance toward the light of deliverance. And that the vision of those that came before us and dreamed of this day, that we recognize that their visions still inspire us.” And among those who came before us, thank you, Bill and Harold.

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New discoveries may solve the mystery of the H.L. Hunley

BY KEITH PHILLIPS

Hands clad in blue latex gloves, Paul Mardikian gently lifts the artifact that may unlock the 149-year-old mystery of the Civil War sub­ marine H.L. Hunley. “This is really interesting,” he says cradling the object in his palms the way a parent holds a newborn child. “It is changing the way we are looking at the attack on the Housatonic.” Interesting? It’s a corroded piece of steel pipe, about the length of a man’s forearm, and so fragile that it could easily snap. The pipe is capped on one end by a jagged blossom of discolored copper sheathing that is held in place by a rusted iron bolt. To my untrained eye, it looks like a household plumbing project gone horribly wrong, but if this object is a vital link to the past, Mardikian would know. As the senior conservator

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at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, he’s been working for the past 12 years as part of a multi-disciplinary team examining every square inch of the historic sub. Under the direction of Senior Archaeologist Maria Jacobsen, scientists with the Clemson University Restoration Institute are using hightech tools and painstaking forensic techniques to restore and analyze artifacts recovered from the first submarine to sink a ship in combat. The team’s discoveries so far have made international headlines, been profiled in National Geographic documentaries and caused historians to rewrite much of the sub’s history, but the researchers are still working to answer the question: What sank the Hunley? The piece in Mardikian’s hands has the


potential to unlock the answer, and Jacobsen calls the humble artifact “one of the most important finds to date.” “This may be the closest thing that we in archaeology find in terms of the proverbial smoking gun,” she says.

Sailing into history

Illustrations by Daniel Dowdey

Ever since the night of Feb. 17, 1864, when the Hunley sank the Union warship USS Housatonic and failed to return to port, the fate of the submarine has been the source of endless speculation. The conventional narrative of the attack went something like this: Shortly after sundown, Lt. George Dixon and his crew squeezed into the cramped confines of their human-powered submarine. Affixed to a wooden spar atop the wedge-shaped bow was the sub­marine’s only weapon, a torpedo (today we’d call it a mine) filled with 60 to 70 pounds of black powder and fitted with a spiked barb. Around 7 p.m., Dixon sealed the forward hatch and guided the Hunley away from its dock on the back side of Sullivan’s Island. The sub caught the outgoing tide flowing through Breach Inlet and

turned toward the nearest Union blockade ship anchored offshore. Hunley’s twin conning towers rode just above the water’s surface, allowing Dixon to peer through two round view ports as the sub neared the 205-foot hull of USS Housatonic. Union lookouts spotted the sub, sounded the alarm and began firing their rifles at the approaching object, but Dixon continued the charge, ramming the barb of the torpedo into the wooden hull near the stern on the starboard side. The barb held the torpedo in place as the sub backed away to a safe distance, spooling out a 100-foot lanyard that pulled tight and triggered the mine. The explosion effectively destroyed the stern of the Union ship, which sank within five minutes. In the chaos that followed the blast, witnesses on shore and aboard the Housatonic claim to have seen a blue light thought to be Dixon’s signal to shore indicating a successful mission, but the sub and her crew were never seen again.

Trail of evidence

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The fate of the sub is a tantalizing mystery made all the more so by the scarcity of reliable, first-hand information about the boat and her mission. Dixon and his crew had vanished, and few of the men who previously sailed the vessel survived the experience. On two separate training missions before the Housatonic attack, the submarine had flooded and plunged to the bottom of Charleston Harbor. The accidents killed 13 men, including Horace Lawson Hunley, a New Orleans attorney and would-be privateer who spearheaded the craft’s construction.

Hunley goes to war: Columbia artist

Dan Dowdey envisions the history-making attack on the USS Housatonic in a series of CGI images (opposite page and above). Around 8:45 p.m., lookouts on the Union warship spotted the approaching sub and opened fire with small arms, aiming at the candlelight visible through the forward conning tower view ports. The Housatonic was a formidable part of the Union blockade, but the tiny submarine’s wellplaced torpedo easily sank the 205-foot warship. New evidence: Senior Conservator Paul Mardikian inspects the artifact that may unlock the mystery of what happened to the Confederate submarine after the attack.

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Deep secrets

Hunley facts Length: 39 feet, 5 inches Height: 4 feet, 3 inches Beam (width): 3 feet, 6 inches

Illustration by Daniel Dowdey

Ahead of its time: The Hunley’s hydrodynamic hull—

made from riveted iron plates—was a marvel of 1860s engineering. Her innovations included the diving planes, snorkel device, cutwaters to minimize surface ripples around the conning towers, a propeller shroud and a system of pumps and valves to control buoyancy. The captain piloted the sub from the forward conning tower while a crew of seven men turned hand cranks to propel it through the water. Hull plates removed during excavation of the sub provide visitors a glimpse of the hand cranks and the cramped interior.

Inside view:

Confederates twice raised the sub and put it back into service, an indication of their desperate need to break the Union blockade; however, the “fish boat” was never an officially commissioned warship, and few records of her remain. Until recently, historians had to piece together highly speculative stories based on scattered—and often contradictory—sources, including an 1863 oil painting by Conrad Wise Chapman and accounts published in newspapers decades after the war. That began to change in 1995 when a team of divers found the submarine intact and buried in the sand 300 yards seaward of the Housatonic wreck site. In August of 2000, recovery experts lifted the sub from the seafloor and placed it in the conservation center’s 90,000-gallon indoor tank, where scientists could control the process of corrosion that threatened to consume the iron hull. Like crime-scene detectives working a “cold case,” the researchers began gathering evidence to replace historical speculation with fact.

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Named for: Horace Lawson Hunley, a New Orleans lawyer who spearheaded construction of the sub. The “fish boat” was given Hunley’s name after he and seven crewmembers died when the sub flooded during an October 1863 test dive in Charleston Harbor. Construction: The submarine was assembled at the Park & Lyons Machine Shop in Mobile, Ala., in the summer of 1863. After a successful test in Mobile Bay, it was shipped by rail to Charleston for use against the Union blockade. Predecessors: The experimental sub was owned by a group of businessmen who built two earlier submarines—the Pioneer, which was scuttled in a New Orleans canal when the city fell to Union forces, and the American Diver, which sank in Mobile Bay during testing.

Like crime-scene detectives working a “cold case,” the researchers began gathering evidence to replace historical speculation with fact.

Historians misinterpreted it, but Conrad Wise Chapman’s 1863 painting turns out to be a highly accurate and detailed depiction of the Hunley. Case in point: When divers recovered the spar, they found it attached to the bow on a pivot fitting visible in the artwork. The wooden mast on the bow’s peak was used to raise and lower the spar.

Historical revision

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The first major revision to the Hunley narrative came from the unexpected discovery of the spar. Based on the Chapman painting, which shows a wooden pole protruding off the top peak of the Hunley’s bow, most people assumed that was how the sub carried its weapon. But as divers uncovered the intact vessel, they discovered the actual spar was a 16-foot-long steel pipe that was still attached to the bottom of the bow. The spar was encased in a thick envelope of concretion—a rock-like combination of sand, shell and corrosion that forms around metal objects submerged in salt water—indicating an advanced state of decay. The tip of the spar actually broke off when divers tried to bring it to


the surface, but both pieces were recovered and placed in a conservation tank before the team turned its attention to the complicated task of raising the hull. Excavating the silt-packed interior of the submarine quickly took top priority, so the spar pieces were left to stabilize in a preservative sodium-hydroxide solution. For the past 10 years, they’ve been on public display during weekend tours of the lab.

Warren Lasch Conservation Center

Painstaking work: Senior Conservator Paul Mardikian uses a pneumatic chisel to scrape away concretion from the severely corroded spar. Rewriting history: The rusted bolt and

deformed copper sheathing of the spar tip match a technical drawing of a large Singer torpedo, forcing historians to rethink how the Hunley attacked the Housatonic.

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Warren Lasch Conservation Center

The spar tip rose to the top of the conservation priority list late last summer. Using X-rays to guide him, Mardikian began chiseling away the concretion, bit by tiny bit, until he found the original surfaces of the artifact underneath. Conventional wisdom held that he would find the remains of a fitting that would have allowed the torpedo to slip off the spar, but the artifact emerging before him was something entirely different. At the end of the steel pipe sat a curious bloom of copper held in place by a bolt. Puzzled, he called Maria Jacobsen over to take a look. Her immediate reaction: “Oh, my God.” “I saw this flash of copper and frankly the hair stood up on my head,” Jacobsen recalls. “What you’re looking at here is not the end of the spar. You’re looking at the weapon system. We actually have part of the torpedo.” The artifact matches a technical drawing in the archives depicting a Singer torpedo and bearing the notation, “Used for blowing up the Housatonic.” This Singer torpedo was a monster—packed with 135 pounds of black powder, nearly twice as much as the typical spar-mounted torpedoes used by Confederate boats—and it was designed to remain attached. Accordingly, many historians discounted it as the Hunley’s weapon of choice.

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Things change in a flash

Shell shocker: Although the spar tip was one of the first artifacts recovered, it was only recently cleaned of concretion, a build-up of sand, shell and corrosion that obscured important details. Researchers now know that the Hunley’s torpedo was still attached to the spar when it went off. The blast shoved the torpedo’s copper sleeve against the retaining bolt, leaving a record of the explosion that scientists can use to model the effect on the sub and the crew.

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Hunley on display

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Visitors to the Warren Lasch Conservation Center can observe the hull of the submarine inside its 90,000-gallon conservation tank and learn about the latest archaeological findings during weekend tours offered on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. The lab is located at 1250 Supply St. in North Charleston. Regular admission is $12, with children under 5 admitted free. For more information, contact Friends of the Hunley at (843) 743-4865, ext. 10, or visit hunley.org.

“For many years we thought that the torpedo had been released and left in the hull, and that they would have backed off and then detonated,” Mardikian says. “What this shows is that’s not what happened. They had that torpedo solidly attached to the spar when they attacked with no intention of leaving.” The new evidence is clear: the Hunley was no more than 16 feet away when the torpedo went off, but Jacobsen and fellow archaeologist Michael Scafuri are quick to point out that there is no data to suggest that the blast itself sank the sub. The hull was found intact, and they’ve already proven that the three visible holes in the vessel’s iron shell formed after the Hunley sank, but the finding does help the team narrow the focus of the ongoing investigation. “Any hypothesis that involves the ­sub­marine being more than 16 feet away from the Housatonic is probably now invalid,” Scafuri says. “It’s new information, but it doesn’t necessarily answer all of our questions.”

Next steps

Mardikian rotates the spar tip under an exam light to highlight the intricacies of the piece and the other reason the researchers are so excited by this latest find. In the moment of the blast, part of the torpedo’s copper sheath “peeled back like a banana,” and the entire sleeve was shoved several inches back against the retaining bolt, causing the pliable metal to crumple against

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one side of the nut like wadded paper. “You’ve got an ‘instant moment’ frozen in time right there,” he says. Jacobsen explains that these details contain information that will help explosive experts re­create the blast. Using both physical models and computer simulations, they’ll be able to study the likely effects on the sub and the crew. “With this one finding, not only can we reconstruct the attack strategy, we can reconstruct the charge, we can reconstruct the charge configuration and we know the distance of the Hunley from the weapon system and Housatonic,” she says. “Now we actually have data we can plug into an equation.” The results of the simulation will coincide with the next phase of conservation—cleaning and stabilizing the hull. Sometime later this year, the fresh water in the conservation tank will be replaced with a diluted sodium-hydroxide solution capable of extracting the corrosion-forming salts that bonded with the iron during 136 years on the ocean floor. It will take years of treatment to fully stabilize the metal, but within just a few months, conservators can begin the mammoth task of chiseling the sub clean and examining their largest artifact. What they will find is anyone’s guess, but each new secret extracted from the sub sheds more light on the true story of the Hunley. “We’re about to enter a really intriguing phase,” Jacobsen says. “We can’t wait.”


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Exploring the past

It began as part of a Civil War documentary for the History Channel. Joseph McGill Jr., a Charleston-based field officer with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, volunteered to spend the night in a restored slave hut at Boone Hall Plantation to demonstrate what living conditions had been like for enslaved Africans. The overnight stay had a profound impact on McGill, and in 2010 he launched the Slave Dwelling Project, a personal quest to explore and preserve slave quarters across the state and nation. “My goal is to bring attention to the dwellings,” he says. “It’s an opportunity to recognize the places that have been restored and acknowledge the places that need to be restored.” In addition to helping landowners identify, interpret and maintain slave quarters, McGill is raising awareness of the history behind the buildings. Camping overnight in former slave dwellings—sometimes accompanied by the descendants of the slaves who built and occupied them—is a way to establish an emotional connection “to the people who endured despite all that they went through,” he says. “You think about those people. You think about the fact that in that space it was probably the most peaceful part of their lives, but even that could be interrupted.” While the project began with an exploration of slave dwellings on Southern plantations, McGill has visited 38 sites in 12 states, including Pennsylvania and Connecticut—areas not normally associated with slavery. “Expanding the project to those states sheds light on the period of slavery in the United States history,” he says. “The North does not get a pass. Slavery existed there also. If you go to any older city that existed prior to the Civil War you can find architecture that supported slaves.” —Keith Phillips

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BY DIANE VETO PARHAM

Discovering an American civilization Secrets of the Maya reveals a bygone world and its legacy Obviously, the world did not meet its apocalyptic end last Dec. 21, as some folks believed the Mayan calendar predicted. Guess we outsmarted those ancient Maya, huh? Not so fast. Those Maya were pretty darn clever, on closer inspection. And the fact is, they had multiple calendars, one of which was more than 5,000 years long and ended on Dec. 21, 2012. That was never meant to mark “the end of the world”—only the end of that calendar, just as our calendar ends on Dec. 31 each year and starts over again on Jan. 1. Thousands of years ago, the Maya

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already understood time as both linear and cyclical. They recognized patterns in the seasons, in the heavens and in nature and shaped a civilization around that knowledge. They grasped the concept of zero in their mathematics, and they created the most sophisticated system of hieroglyphic writing in Mesoamerica. They managed to build gargantuan pyramidal temples with the crudest of tools. They left a legacy of art, weaving, sport, religion and culture that carries on in modern Maya communities. Impressed? There’s plenty more to learn about those clever Maya at the South Carolina State Museum, where Secrets of the Maya is on exhibit through June 9. “We all think about Greece and Rome as being centers of the ancient world,” says JoAnn Zeise, the museum’s curator of history. “But there was this beautiful world and fascinating civilization right here on the American continent.” Secrets of the Maya merges—for the first time—three separate exhibits that, together, reveal astounding

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Earthenware jaguar effigy cache vessel, ca. A.D. 650-850

details of how the Maya lived, worked, worshipped and played in the tropical jungles of Central America, beginning in 2000 B.C. Images of life-or-death ball games, brightly painted ceramics, musical ocarinas shaped like animals, casts of stone monuments, restored ruins, ceremonial masks—these are among the hundreds of artifacts, reproductions and photos that reveal how the Maya lived and what they achieved. Visitors will discover the cosmos as the Maya understood it: a harmonious relationship of earth, sky and underworld. Stage two of the exhibit explores how a husband-and-wife archaeology team excavated the buried and grand Temple of the Warriors— literally unearthed from below a mound of dirt in Yucatan—in a 1920s expedition. The finale showcases vivid photos of modern Maya in Chiapas in southwestern Mexico, where the people have blended their historical culture with contemporary influences. “Usually in an exhibit you see just a moment in time, but here you see the whole story, from ancient times to modern times,” Zeise says. “The Maya culture is still around—people are surprised by that.” Pick a day to visit when you can give yourself at least a couple hours to absorb the Secrets of the Maya. You may want to check a calendar.


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Combine all ingredients and marinate 4 hours in refrigerator. Pan saute fish until cooked, about 15 minutes. Layer fish with cheddar cheese, green cabbage in ­tortillas. Serve with pico de gallo. Pico de gallo 6 tomatoes, diced fine 4 Vidalia onions, diced fine 1 bunch fresh cilantro

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15 • Mardi Gras in the Electric City, Anderson Civic Center, Anderson. (864) 225-6800. 15–16 • Chase away the Blues, The Handlebar, Greenville. (864) 467-3434. 15–17 • The Tints That Glow by Caroline Rust, Center for the Arts, Rock Hill. (803) 328-2787. 16–17 • Fireside Arts & Craft Show, Unicoi State Park Lodge, Helen, Ga. (800) 573-9659. 21 • Upstate Forever’s ForeverGreen Annual Awards Luncheon, Embassy Suites, 670 Verdae Blvd., Greenville. (864) 250-0500. 21–24 • Art & Antique Show, Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg. (864) 582-7616. 22–23 • Helenblitz Mini Cooper Car Show, Helendorf Inn, Helen, Ga. (706) 878-2271. 22–24 • Progressive Insurance South Carolina RV & Camping Show, TD Convention Center, Greenville. (800) 441-0013. 23 • Joy of Gardening Symposium, Baxter Hood Center, York Technical College, Rock Hill. (704) 443-1366. MARCH

1–2 • Reedy River Run, downtown on Main Street, Greenville. (864) 288-6470. 2 • Bridesmaids Ball, Marriott, Greenville. (864) 241-0462. 5 • Celebration of Story, The Arts Center, Clemson. (864) 276-2166. 14 • Oconee Bell Nature Walk, Devils Fork State Park, Salem. (864) 944-2639. ONGOING

Daily • Art Gallery at the Fran Hanson Discovery Center, South Carolina Botanical Garden, Clemson. (864) 656-3405. Daily • Trail Riding, Croft State Natural Area, Spartanburg. (864) 585-1283. Mondays, through Feb. 25 • International Folk Dancing, Sears Recreation Center, Greenville. (864) 467-4326. Wednesdays, through March 20 • Homeschool Fitness, Bobby Pearse Community Center, Greenville. (864) 467-4331.

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Saturdays, through March 23 • First Tee of Greenville, Nicholtown Community Center and First Tee of Greenville Facility, Greenville. (864) 467-4330. Second Saturdays • Music on the Mountain Bluegrass Jams, Table Rock State Park, Pickens. (864) 878-9813.

MIDLANDS FEBRUARY

13–16 • USC Dance Company Spring Concert: On the Edge, Drayton Hall Theatre, Columbia. (803) 777-5112. 15 • Columbia Baroque Soloist Concert, “Past as Prelude,” USC School of Music Recital Hall, Columbia. (803) 727-8555. 15 • Picture Perfect Gala, Leaside, Columbia. (803) 227-8588. 15 • “All Hands on Deck!” by Aiken Performing Arts Group, URS Center for the Performing Arts, Aiken. (803) 643-4774. 16 • One Stop Shop Hop, Bradley Arts and Sciences Building, Lancaster. (803) 273-3834. 22–23 • Francis Marion Living History Encampment, shores of Lake Marion, Summerton. (803) 478-2645. 22–24 • Battle of Aiken, 1210 Powell Pond Rd., Aiken. (803) 642-7557. 23 • Lexington’s Race against Hunger, Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church, Lexington. (803) 359-7770, ext. 20. 23 • Haynes 4th Saturday Bluegrass Series, Haynes Auditorium, BatesburgLeesville. (803) 582-8479. 23 • Julius Daniels Memorial Blues Festival, Dane Theater, Denmark. (803) 245-1000. 24 • St. Andrews Woman’s Club Bridal Showcase, Cantey Building, S.C. State Fairgrounds, Columbia. (803) 730-8818. 25 • Birds and Butterflies Owl Prowl, Silver Bluff Audubon Center, Aiken. (803) 649-7999. MARCH

1–3 • Craftsmen’s Spring Classic Art & Craft Festival, Cantey and Ellison buildings, S.C. State Fairgrounds, Columbia. (336) 282-5550. 1–3 • Reenactment of the Battle for Broxton Bridge, Broxton Bridge Plantation, Ehrhardt. (800) 437-4868.

7 • Girls Night Out, EdVenture, Columbia, (803) 779-3100. 9 • Columbia Marathon, downtown, Columbia. (803) 730-3663. 9–15 • Juilliard in Aiken, various venues, Aiken. (803) 292-3124. 12 • Carolina Wildlife Care, Birds & Butterflies, Aiken. (803) 649-7999. ONGOING

Daily, through Feb. 24 • Snowville, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia. (803) 779-3100. Daily • Trail Riding, Kings Mountain State Park, Blacksburg. (803) 222-3209. Daily • Trail Riding, Lee State Park, Bishopville. (803) 428-5307. Daily • Trail Riding, Poinsett State Park, Wedgefield. (803) 494-8177. Daily, except Mondays • Living History Days, Historic Brattonsville, McConnells. (803) 684-2327. Daily, except Mondays and major holidays • Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site, Camden. (803) 432-9841. Daily, by appointment • Overnights and Night Howls, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Columbia. (803) 779-8717, ext. 1113. Mondays through May • Homeschool Mondays, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Columbia. (803) 978-1113. Second Tuesdays • Family Night $1 Admission, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia. (803) 779-3100. Fourth Thursdays • Tales for Tots, EdVenture Children’s Museum, Columbia. (803) 779-3100. Saturdays • Behind-theScenes Adventure Tours, Riverbanks Zoo & Garden, Columbia. (803) 978-1113. Second Saturdays • Children’s Art Program, Sumter County Gallery of Art, Sumter. (803) 775-0543. Saturdays and Sundays • Gallery Tour, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia. (803) 799-2810. Sundays • Sunday Brunch & Jazz Series, Senate’s End, Columbia. (803) 748-4144.

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LOWCOUNTRY FEBRUARY

13–17 • Beaufort International Film Festival, University of S.C. at Beaufort. (843) 522-3196. 14–16 • BI-LO Myrtle Beach Marathon, various venues, Myrtle Beach. (843) 293-7223. 15–16 • “Truer Words,” a novel and event by Kim Poovey, ARTworks, Beaufort. (843) 379-2787. 15–17 • Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, various venues, Charleston. (843) 723-1748. 22 • African-American Heritage Day, Wannamaker County Park, North Charleston. (843) 795-4386. 22–23 • Horry County Museum Quilt Gala, Ocean Lakes Campground, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-5636. 23 • Charleston Brewvival, Coast Brewery, North Charleston. (843) 343-4727. 23 • Leukemia Ball, Omar Shrine Ballroom, Mount Pleasant. (843) 881-8176. 23 • MardiCrawl on Shem Creek, Mount Pleasant. (843) 388-0003. 23 • LifePoint Gift of Life 5K/2K Run/Walk, James Island County Park, Charleston. (800) 462-0755. 28 • Charleston Wine + Food Festival, various venues, Charleston. (843) 727-9998. MARCH

1–3 • Charleston Wine + Food Festival, various venues, Charleston. (843) 727-9998. 1–3 • Breath of Spring Flower Show, Cypress Gardens, Moncks Corner. (843) 553-0515.

1–31 • North Charleston City Gallery Exhibit: Works by Dayton Colie & Michael Fowler, North Charleston City Gallery, Charleston Area Convention Center. (843) 740-5854. 2–3 • Winyah Bay Heritage Festival, East Bay Park, Georgetown. (843) 833-9919. 3 • Literacy Volunteers of the Lowcountry Cooks & Books Event, The Westin Hilton Head Island Resort & Spa, Hilton Head Island. (843) 815-6616. 4–9 • Spring TennisFest, various venues, Hilton Head Island. (843) 785-7244. 7–9 • National Shag Dance Championships, Spanish Galleon, North Myrtle Beach. (843) 249-1048. 7–10 • Charleston Film Festival, Terrace Theater, Charleston. (843) 762-4247. 9–10 • The Skirmish at Gamble’s Hotel Civil War Reenactment, 4789 E. Old Marion Highway, Florence. (843) 667-1705. 10 • Chefs’ Feast, Charleston Area Convention Center, North Charleston. (843) 747-8146, ext. 105. 14 • Catch the Leprechaun 5K Run, Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, Mount Pleasant. (843) 856-4206. ONGOING

Daily, through Feb. 28 • Goose Creek Artists Guild Annual Judged Show, North Charleston City Gallery at the Charleston Area Convention Center. (843) 740-5854.

This year, the BI-LO Myrtle Beach Marathon events begin on Valentine’s Day. Daily, through Feb. 28 • The Meeting Place Window Exhibit: Works by Martin E. Sullivan, The Meeting Place, North Charleston. (843) 740-5854. Daily • Trail Riding, Cheraw State Park, Cheraw. (843) 537-9656. Daily • Nature Center, Hunting Island State Park, Hunting Island. (843) 838-7437. Daily, except major holidays • Parris Island Museum, Beaufort. (843) 228-2166. Daily, except Christmas • Self-guided Colonial Tours, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, Charleston. (843) 852-4205. Tuesdays through Saturdays • Education Center Displays and Programs, Myrtle Beach State Park, Myrtle Beach. (843) 238-5325. Thursdays • Farmers Market of Bluffton, Calhoun Street, downtown Bluffton. (843) 415-2447. Fridays, through March 22 • Senior Dance Series, Base Recreation Center, Myrtle Beach. (843) 918-2380. Saturdays through Tuesdays • Mansion Tours, Hampton Plantation State Historic Site, McClellanville. (843) 546-9361.


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By Jan A. Igoe

A bucket list to die for Every time friends start

sharing their “bucket lists,” I retreat to the nearest ladies’ room to spend time alone with the delusion that I’m not old enough to have one. Bucket lists are the place to file all the insanely awesome stuff you meant to do before careers, rug rats and April 15 got in the way of the fun you meant to have as a grown-up. It’s tough to schedule Mount Everest expeditions between PTO meetings. Since the days of secret plans and locked diaries are over, you’ll find several zillion bucket lists online, in case you run out of ideas. There are lots of regular people—maybe some of the folks singing right next to you in the church choir—who really want to milk a pit viper, wrestle a moose and rappel off the Eiffel Tower. You’ll also find a few mashed couch potatoes who hope to keep breathing long enough to grow a tomato and lose three pounds. (Forget Ambien, read their lists.) “Stuff to do before you die” lists went mainstream after Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman spent their final days racking up adventures in a movie called The Bucket List. Now everybody has a bucket list, and you’d be amazed how many feature bungee jumping in the “must-do” section. Besides riding an elephant to her Zumba class and serving fondue from a volcano, my friend Rachel— mild‑mannered, cookie-baking, sockknitting grandmother of seven—wants

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to bungee jump off the Bloukrans Bridge in South Africa. That’s a lovely structure arching 708 feet above a river flanked by solid rock cliffs on which to bang your head. OK, I get the elephant thing, but bungee jumping? Much to the envy of her bionic Mahjong buds, Rachel still has all her original parts. You’d think she’d want to keep them. Let’s be clear: Bungee jumping involves tall buildings, cranes, hot-air balloons or helicopters that were minding their own business until someone strapped an elastic cord between them and some leaping lunatic’s ankles. To me, this has “bad plan” written all over it. “You are about as adventurous as a Brussels sprout,” Rachel lamented. “Yeah, a Brussels sprout who knows the difference between a bucket list

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entry and a death wish,” I retorted. “Why don’t you hop off the Piggly Wiggly checkout counter a few times to be sure you like it?” Bungee jumping isn’t for everyone. Humorist Jeanne Robertson was 62 when she was invited to bungee jump in Canada with her husband, who refused because his teeth might fall out. But the jumping facility did offer a safe place to leave hearing aids and dentures, which mature jumpers appreciate. Robertson thought the leap might knock a few saggy parts back into place, but in the end she declined the adventure. At 96, Mohr Keet became the oldest bungee jumper on the planet when he leaped off the Bloukrans Bridge (Rachel’s bridge of choice) in 2010. The event was captured on YouTube, where the video shows him moving slowly to the launch point, balancing on a cane. Moments before Keet went bouncing off the bridge like an antique yo-yo, someone checked his blood pressure. Apparently, you can’t jump to your possible death if you’re having a heart attack. Go figure. First entry on my bucket list: Find my first sane friend. Preferably one who likes Brussels sprouts. JAN A. IGOE ,

our humor-writing vegetable, lives in Horry County and would love to read your bucket list to offer safety tips. Write Jan at HumorMe@SCLiving.coop.


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