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Celebrating 'A History of Kershaw County'

Posted: January 11, 2011 2:50 p.m.
Updated: January 12, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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The cover to the Inabinets' new book

The Kershaw County Historical Society (KCHS) will formally reveal the completion of the largest project it has undertaken -- the book “A History of Kershaw County” -- at a public program and book launch from 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church’s fellowship center, 1201 Broad St., Camden.

The book was written by Joan A. Inabinet and L. Glen Inabinet and published by the University of South Carolina (USC) Press.

KCHS representatives said a number of local citizens received books in advance when pre-sold copies unexpectedly arrived early and were quickly distributed just before Christmas to those who had made pre-sale purchases.

As part of Sunday’s program, the authors of the book will offer remarks, “The Story Behind (and Beyond) the History.” Publications Chairman Harvey S. Teal will thank contributors to the project.

“This is a very important occasion for Kershaw County,” said Teal. “The last volume of ‘Historic Camden’ was published 85 years ago, and there has never before been a book-length history written of the whole county.”

Out-of-county guests will represent the USC Press, the South Caroliniana Library and the S.C. Department of Archives and History. Other invited guests will be elected officials who represent the county and its municipalities and those who represent its historical and educational institutions.

 “We are getting very positive responses from the people who are presently reading the new book,” said KCHS President Steve Reynolds. “We expect the program will introduce more people to the book and will also interest those who have already bought it.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to chat, buy books and enjoy refreshments catered by Jack Brantley after the program. The authors will autograph books brought to the event or purchased there. The KCHS will sell the new book, priced at $50, as well as other publications it has in print. Those with discount coupons they received from pre-ordering the book may redeem them when purchasing other in-print publications. Buyers of the new book at the program will receive a coupon for the other publications.

“A History of Kershaw County” will also be available at the Camden Archives and Museum and Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site on the first business day after the book launch. The book will continue to be sold at the KCHS’s headquarters, the Bonds Conway House, 811 Fair St., Camden, from 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays.

The book will be available in retail outlets in the county, and it may be ordered from USC Press and other on-line outlets such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

“The society has never before had a publication with such a wide variety of outlets,” added Teal. “This is fantastic exposure for Kershaw County since this attractive and well-researched book will represent our area not only locally but throughout the country and abroad. Many, many people will learn about Kershaw County, past and present, from reading this book.”

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