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April 10, 2008

History of Ft. Johnson seminar set for April 16

The Coastal Exploration Series continues this spring with a lecture and walking tour on the history of Ft. Johnson, held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16th at the Marine Resources Center Auditorium on James Island.  

The seminar and walking tour opportunity, "A History of Ft. Johnson," is the fifth event to be hosted in the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Coastal Exploration Series spring lineup of free opportunities for the public.  Historians Russell Horres and Skipper Keith will lead the event, and the lecture will conclude with a sunset walking tour of points of interest which remain on the premises today.

The Ft. Johnson property, which is now home to various state and federal agencies employing over 500 people in the sciences, was once the site of significant wartime activity that took place during both the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Although the famed first shot of the Civil War was fired from the property, Ft. Johnson is often overlooked as an important historic site.  

The spring events, including lecture, seminar and field-outing opportunities continue through May. The public is encouraged to register through the online calendar. Online registration is available 30 days prior to each scheduled event and reservations are required for all of the events.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina's natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state's natural resources and its people.

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