Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Flurry of Talks in March!

This photo and short article appeared in today's Summerville Journal Scene. Many thanks to Louise Guy for inviting me to speak at The Village at Summerville Presbyterian Community. I really enjoyed the large attentive audience of residents and staff. Mrs. Guy has deep ties to Magnolia Cemetery, going all the way to its opening in 1850. A number of her Johnson ancestors are interred there, as is her late husband.

Mrs. Guy really surprised me with this beautiful display she and a staff member prepared to publicize my talk on March 12. She was kind enough to let me have the fine piece of work, which I have already used as a backdrop to me books at a presentation a few days later!
Wonderful Magnolia Cemetery Display!

March 12 was a busy day for me. After my Village at Summerville appearance I headed to Seabrook Island where I spoke to some 130 folks at an event sponsored by the Seabrook Island Natural History Group. Marsha Bird and her husband Ben treated me to dinner at the lovely Seabrook golf course club house. Wow, what a great view of the golf course and ocean from that restaurant! 

Marsha and Ben told me a great story about a photography book by Charles J. Moore that is all about the Great Egret rookery in their Seabrook backyard! I plan to accept their invitation to see all this firsthand! Thank you Birds and thanks to all the people who came to my talk. That's the biggest audience I've ever had! 

With Marsha Bird at Seabrook's Lake House on March 12

A few days later I had the privilege of talking about Magnolia Cemetery and my book to the Charleston chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society. It was neat for me to not only meet fellow history and research enthusiasts but also to be in the Masonic Lodge in West Ashley where they meet. 

I saw the large painting of late 19th century Masonic leader Peter Coburn. A local descendant of his who saw Mr. Coburn's artistic headstone and write up in my book (page 153) had told me about this painting in a Masonic Lodge locally. I didn't know it was at the Masonic Lodge where I speaking March 15 until I walked in and saw it in the lobby!
I'm looking forward to giving more presentations in the months ahead! Contact me if you're interested in me speaking to your group. Thank you! 

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Winter 2015 Backyard Birds

(A number of new photos were added on February 15 and March 22, bringing to 17 the number of different birds photographed in my backyard recent weeks)

This weekend I spent some quality time on my back porch enjoying the warmer winter weather while photographing some of the visitors to my feeders and nearby trees.

A nice variety of feathered friends feasted on the array of seeds and suet hanging from my (warning: product placement!) Wild Birds Unlimited set up located several feet from my porch. I like the position because the birds are very easy to see and the squirrels can't jump onto it from tree branches or the roof. Also, quality photography is possible while I'm sitting on the porch or stealthily looking down through my upstairs bathroom window.

Chipping Sparrow Pair
I like this photo of Chipping Sparrows because of the front and back perspectives it has. It's neat how symmetrical the feather pattern and colors are in the bird on the left.

These small birds don't spook as easily as most types that come to the feeders. They are focused on their eating and don't mind my presence nearby clicking (silently) just a few yards away.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fine People and Fine Day for Middleton Place Talk and Cemetery Tour

Yesterday helped get 2015 off to a great start! I had the honor of speaking about my Magnolia Cemetery books to a large group of guides at Middleton Place, one of the Charleston area's greatest and best attractions.

Beverly Donald speaks at the Smith Pyramid
After my talk at the Middleton Place pavilion (organized by Marty Turney), most of us drove to Magnolia Cemetery where superintendent Beverly Donald led a walking tour of Middleton, Alston and Middleton Place-connected burial sites. Lots of history and beautiful examples of funerary art. And we were treated to a beautiful, sunny and comfortable winter day. 

It was a truly great day and I'm very appreciative of the opportunity to speak to such a prominent group and to, with Beverly Donald, show these Middleton guides what's so special and interesting about Magnolia Cemetery! 

Click here for more information about Magnolia Cemetery and Middleton Place

Contact me, Patrick Harwood (843.224.3112 or, to hear more about my visual presentations to groups about Magnolia Cemetery, one of America's most beautiful and historic cemeteries. 
Middleton Place tour guides were taken on a tour of Magnolia Cemetery

Friday, December 19, 2014

VCU Alumni Publication Article

I was honored (and flattered) to get some nice attention in the School of Humanities publication at my alma mater, Virginia Commonwealth University. The writer, Caitlin Hanbury, did a fine job, crafting a really good article from our phone interview a few months ago. Check out the VCU piece!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Portico Feature Article!

Many thanks to the fine staff at Portico, the College of Charleston's employee newsletter, for a really nice article about my Magnolia Cemetery research and books. Check out pages 5-6 of the online version of the Fall 2014 publication!

From the Fall 2014 CofC Portico employee newsletter

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pat and Patrick Side-by-Side!

I was pleased to see my book is keeping such good company on the shelves of Tomlinson's Warehouse in Summerville! This posting is also a chance to thank store manager Rod Ellison for his support of local authors and artisans. The same appreciation goes to the owners and managers of the other shops that carry my and other local authors' books.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Magnolia Cemetery History and Artistry Presentation Opportunities

I have what I feel is a very interesting and colorful 60-90 minute photographic and oral presentation about my Magnolia Cemetery research and books. Please contact me if I can give a talk to your

Saturday, June 14, 2014

"In the Arms" Now In the Arms of the Governor!

What a thrill it was when I saw this photo shared by Magnolia Cemetery Superintendent Beverly Donald! Beverly was in Columbia on June 11 to receive an award as part of the 2014 South Carolina Historic Preservation Awards held in the state Capitol.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

"In the Arms" Interest Sparks Second Printing

At Magnolia Cemetery on April 12 with
Superintendent Beverly Donald.
It was a beautiful day and a great turnout
for the first book signing!
Sales have been brisk of my new book, "In the Arms of Angels: Magnolia Cemetery- Charleston's Treasure of History, Mystery and Artistry." In April, the first two book signings, at Magnolia Cemetery and the College of Charleston, were very successful.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014