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  • One adult registration for Friday only.
  • One adult registration for Saturday only.

SEALHFAM Conference

Putting the "Living" in History:
Demonstrating the Past

Horry County Museum/L.W. Paul Living History Farm

& Coastal Carolina University

March 3rd-5th, 2023

Conway, SC

$150 Registration

Hotel: Quality Inn and Suites

3345 US 501 Conway, SC 29526

Schedule at a Glance
(download the full schedule here)

Friday, March 3rd, L.W. Paul Living History Farm

8:00am-3:00pm        Registration, Farm Classroom

8:00am-3:00pm         Seed Saver Station & Swap Meet, Classroom

9:00am-2:15pm         Continuous Demonstrations: Cooking in the Farmhouse; Open Fire Cooking of Chicken Bog for a Large Crowd; Gunsmith Display

9:00am-10:15 am       Morning Sessions

  • It’s All In Your Head: Getting Over the Fear of Head Cheese, Walter Hill
  • Woodworking Tools, Rusty Robinson
  • Traditional Pottery, Cary Briggs
  • From Dryin’ Up to Scrubbin’ Down: Soapmaking on the Farm, Rendering Pig Fat to Finished Lye Soap, Abigail Geedy


10:30am-11:45am      Mid-Morning Sessions

  • Using Indigo in Your Programming, Marian Calder & Karen Cox
  • Bringing Home the Bacon: How to Home Cure Bacon, Walter Hill
  • Born with a Silver Spoon (or Pewter): Casting Pewter Spoons, Robert Hill
  • Rags to Riches: Crocheting Rag Rugs, Sharon Hill

11:45 am-1:00pm       Chicken Bog Lunch

1:00pm-2:15pm          Afternoon Sessions

  • Getting the Shakes? No Need to be Nervous Around Woodworking Tools: Making Shingles & Shakes, Rusty Robinson
  • Of Mules & Men--Plowing through the centuries with 18th, 19th, and 20th century plows and working Livestock in a Living History Setting, Ed Schultz, Kevin Tobias & Tyler McCracken
  • Tan Your Hide: Traditional Bark Tanning, Walter Hill
  • One Brick at a Time: Making Bricks and Lime, Cary Briggs

2:15pm-5:00pm Bonus Activities

2:30-3:30 Plowing Match, open to all conference attendees with prizes! Farm

2:15-5:00 Kingston Joinery, Denley Caughman, proprietor of Kingston Joinery in downtown Conway invites attendees to visit his traditional woodworking shop to see his current project and learn about joinery and furniture building in the 18thand 19thcenturies.

3:00-3:45 Explore Conway, Walking tour of Downtown Conway provided by Conway Downtown Alive

5:00-6:00pm              Welcome Reception, Horry County Museum

7:00pm          Dinner on Your Own

9:00pm               Hospitality Suite, Quality Inn

Saturday, March 4, 2023, Coastal Carolina University

9:00am-9:50am          Morning Sessions

  • How the Honeybee Shaped America, Nancy Simpson
  • Dress for Success: Costuming Your Historic Site Interpreters, Marian Calder
  • One Piece at a Time: Creating a Living History Farm from Scratch, Nicholas Gambrell


10:25am-11:15am      Mid-Morning Sessions

  • Living History Meets Modern Technology, Abigail Geedy, Olivia Reed
  • All dem rice field…Growing Carolina Gold Rice, Bob Sherman
  • Exhibits in Collaboration with Native American Descendant Communities: Methods, Models, and Mis-steps, Carolyn Dillian, Katie Stringer Clary, Cheryl Cail, Harold Hatcher

11:30 am-12:45pm     Lunch & Business Meeting, CCU

Afternoon Sessions


  • "The richer dye of INDICO, I sing…” Nancy Simpson, Bob Sherman
  • Innovative Tours at Historic Sites, JR Fennell
  • A Living Kitchen Garden for Living History Sites? Suzanne Simmons & Carolyn Dilda
  • How-To: Present Difficult History with Authenticity and Empathy, Carin Bloom



  • Collections Management Policies, Lana Burgess
  • South Carolina 250th Revolutionary War Commission, Molly Fortune
  • Creating Professional Interpreters from Unlikely Sources, Carin Bloom

5:00pm-7:00pm Dinner & Auction, Fifth & Main

9:00pm Hospitality Suite, Quality, Conway, SC

Sunday, March 4, 2023

9:30am - 5:00 pm

Brookgreen Gardens, Attendees are invited to visit Brookgreeen Gardens, the largest outdoor sculpture gardens in the Southeast, including the Lowcountry History Center and Native Wildlife zoo. Free admission with Conference name badge.

Questions? Contact Abigail Geedy, geedy.abigail@horrycountysc.gov843-915-7864

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