“Reconstructing Hawthorne” Tonight

My historical archaeology class and I were privileged to be the second group to see the documentary just a few minutes ago. We give it two thumbs up. Come tonight and be among the first to see this new historical documentary.

WHAT: Reconstructing Hawthorne, a documentary film screening and short, introductory talk by the filmmaker and archaeologist George Wingard. Free and open to the public.

WHERE: Armstrong State University, University Hall 157 (see map below)

WHEN: February 15, 2017 at 7pm

Hawthorne was once a small community in Aiken County, South Carolina but with the construction of the Savannah River Site in 1950 it, and its handful of residents, had to be removed. As the years passed, Hawthorne and its story were lost. In the mid-1990s the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program (SRARP) conducted an oral history survey with hundreds of Savannah River Site area former residents.

In 2014, the SRARP partnered with filmmaker Patrick Hayes to make a short film on the community of Hawthorne. Conducting interviews with two of its last residents and discussing how historical documents and the latest archaeological techniques will ensure the protection of the area, this documentary draws the viewer into the very tumultuous time of this small community through documents, photos, and the memories of those who lived it.

George Wingard joined the Savannah River Archaeological Research Program (SRARP) staff in 1993 with a B.A. in Humanities from the University of South Carolina. George is also the co-producer of the documentary Discovering Dave: Spirit Captured in Clay detailing the life and times of the enslaved Edgefield, South Carolina, Potter David Drake. The film has been screened through out the United States and is being used as a teaching aid at several universities. SRARP is a division of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA), which is a department of the University of South Carolina. The SRARP is located on the Savannah River Site (SRS) a Department of Energy (DOE) facility straddling Aiken, Barnwell, and Allendale counties.

For more information contact George Wingard at 803-725-3724, or contact Laura Seifert, Digging Savannah Co-Director, at laura.seifert@armstrong.edu.


University Hall is circled in red. Enter Armstrong’s campus via Science Drive and take the first, immediate right onto University Drive. Follow the U-shaped road and park along University Drive  or in the parking area circled in yellow. 

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