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Charleston Library Society to Celebrate Release of “Italians in the Lowcountry: Sunny Italy’s Charleston Colony”

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On May 27th at 6 pm, the Charleston Library Society (CLS), Buxton Books, and the Dante Alighieri Society of Charleston will celebrate the release of Christina Butler’s Italians in the Lowcountry: Sunny Italy’s Charleston Colony

The evening will include a discussion by Eugene Massamillo about Italy, the Dante Alighieri Society, and the continued cultural presence and importance of Italians in Charleston.

Butler will give a brief overview of the book, highlighting the themes covered, how the book came to be, and providing a summary of the Italian experience in early Charleston. The evening will include a viewing of Italian rare prints from the CLS special collections, live piano performances, and Italian wine and light snacks. This limited-capacity event will be followed by a Zoom Speaker Series on Thursday, June 3rd that will go more in-depth into the book and the narratives within.

All attendees will be required to wear masks for the entirety of the event, excluding when persons are actively drinking or eating. This event has a maximum capacity of 60, so RSVP ASAP to get to enjoy this celebratory book launch event! To RSVP, fill out the form on the “Upcoming Events” page or call 843-723-9912.

The virtual zoom lecture will be held on June 3rd at 6 pm. The illustrated discussion will include glimpses from chapters in the book, addressing Italians in the Lowcountry from the colonial era, through the antebellum period and Reconstruction, and into the twentieth century and beyond. In addition, the conversation will highlight the importance of Italian cultural and architectural influence in the city past and present. To RSVP, fill out the form on the “Upcoming Events” page or call 843-723-9912.

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