Check out Joe Long’s awesome history lectures on Zoom!

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Y’all, I’m swamped today, but right now, Joe Long — curator of education at the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum — is giving a great lecture on some of the fascinating, unique, handmade flags in the museum’s collections.

The museum is closed because of the crisis, but Joe it doing these from home, three times a week.

Here’s the link to join:

And here’s a release we put out about the series:

Tune in to History at Home, with the Relic Room’s Joe Long

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum may be physically closed by the coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean our programming has to stop.

Starting Wednesday, April 1, Curator of Education Joe Long will be presenting some fascinating live programs that you can stream at home.

And while we all know Joe as a guy more at home in the 19th century, he assures us this is no April Fool’s joke. He’s been training himself on 21st century technology that will enable him to stream onto your screens at home in real time.

Each presentation will last half an hour, and will be a mix of live lecture, Powerpoint and images from our collections.

Go to the museum’s Facebook page, and there you will find a link and instructions on how to tune in. Don’t be late! Each program is limited to 100 participants.

Joe plans three live programs each week, and here are the first three:

  • Wednesday, April 1, 11 a.m. – “How to Be a Villain: Tarleton and Kilpatrick.” South Carolina has seen its share of villains. Banastre Tarleton, nemesis of Francis “Swamp Fox” Marion, was seen as a monster by Patriots. And Judson Kilpatrick relished his role as cavalry commander in Sherman’s March to the Sea – when he got to Barnwell, he said it would be known as “Burnwell” when he was through.
  • Thursday, April 2, 11 a.m. – “Rally ‘Round the Flag: Relic Room Flags and Stories.” This will feature images from the museum’s extensive collection of both Confederate and Union flags from the Civil War. Joe will talk about the people who made these unique, original flags; about the men who carried them into battle; and about the symbolism of the flags’ designs.
  • Friday, April 3, 11 a.m. – “Dread of the Adriatic: U-Boat Skipper Georg Von Trapp.” If you’ve seen “The Sound of Music,” you know Capt. Von Trapp as the dour, if brave and distinguished, man whose household is transformed by his children’s governess, Maria. But before that, he was a bold naval leader with a flair for unconventional tactics – a U-boat captain, a staunch monarchist, and an Austrian patriot.

The programs will be suitable for all ages – educational for the kids as well as their homebound parents.

Check it out, enjoy, and learn!

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4 thoughts on “Check out Joe Long’s awesome history lectures on Zoom!

  1. Bill

    I remember standing in line forever to watch Christopher Plummer in The Sound of Mucus(he called it)…

  2. Bryan Caskey

    I caught a little bit of his lecture on flags. Very interesting. Unfortunately, I couldn’t watch the whole thing as I was working from home and was balancing kids and work. Would love to be able to stream those lectures on demand when I have time in the evenings.

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      Well, I’ve got good news for you. The recordings are now being posted on YouTube.

      Here’s the one from Wednesday.

      And here’s Thursday’s.

      I’m not sure what’s going to happen with today’s. I hope he was able to get it recorded. Zoom cut him off in the middle.

      Joe knew the version of Zoom he’s using only allowed 30-minute programs, but Wednesday and Thursday they let him go over.

      Today, they cut him off right in the middle. Which is a shame, because his program on Capt. von Trapp is a good one. And he does it wearing his official Austro-Hungarian U-boat captain’s hat. See below.

      I’ll let you know if and when a recording of that is posted.

      Joe von Trapp

  3. jim catoe

    I found the Tarleton spot to be very informative. I believe I am correct in saying that Jack Bass wrote a biography of Tarleton many years ago. Also the late Dr, Henry Lumpkin wrote a magisterial history of the southern campaign of the revoluton. Tarleton and the Battle of Camden figure prominently in his book.

    As an interesting aside, my wife’s maiden name is Tarleton. Of course she vehemently denies any connection.


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