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Saturday, December 18, 2010


Secession is the defining word for Americans with ancestors who fought in the War Between the States aka the Civil War aka The War of Northern Aggression.

A new exhibit of important documents officially opened Friday.
When: Monday-Fridays 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed for state holidays).
What: "Confrontation to Conflict: South Carolina's Path to the Civil War."
Where: S.C. Archives and History Center, 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia.
Cost: Free, but the archives gift shop will available for purchases.

Secession Day
9 a.m.: The original Ordinance of Secession will be on display at the Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting St., all day until 5 p.m.
10 a.m.: The S.C. Historical Society begins free hourly tours of its exhibit, "Voices of Secession," at 100 Meeting St. The last tour begins at 3 p.m.
10 a.m.: The Confederate Museum at Market Hall will observe the anniversary 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Men and women in period attire will greet visitors with copies of the Charleston Mercury's famous "Union is Dissolved!" special edition. The museum will highlight its collection of secession artifacts, including two of the pens used to sign the Ordinance of Secession, stage decorations from the ceremony and a lithograph of the ordinance owned by one of the signers. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
11 a.m.: Mayor Joe Riley and others unveil a new South Carolina historical marker at 134 Meeting St., where the Ordinance of Secession was signed on Dec. 20, 1860.
6 p.m.: The Secession Gala begins at the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium with a reception. The original Ordinance of Secession will be on display. A 45-minute theatrical play starts at 7:15 p.m. and will be followed by dinner and dancing.

Civil War stories
If you have stories of your ancestors during the Civil War and you would like to share them with other readers, send them to newstips@postandcourier.com.
These stories will become part of our ongoing coverage of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Be sure to include your contact information.
Are you a Civil War re-enactor?
Whether you're dressed in blue or gray, we would like to share your photos with readers. Tell us your name, residence, who is in the photo and what battle you're re-enacting. Send them to newstips@postandcourier.com.

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