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Luncheon Lecture – Natural Disasters in the Lowcountry

March 31 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

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Cristina Butler

Charleston is a buoyant city that has weathered hurricanes, flooding, fires, war, earthquakes, and even tornadoes. “Charleston Disasters” is an illustrated lecture that will dive into some of the most memorable events in the city’s history, offering lessons from the past for architectural resiliency in the future. Butler Preservation’s owner/consultant Christina Butler has a professional background in historic preservation and history, as well as over eighteen years of experience in new construction, restoration, and renovation work.  She holds a B.A. in historic preservation and an M.A. in American History. Her areas of interest include urban history, cultural landscapes, history of public works and technology, and historic building materials and methodology.  She also works as a contract researcher for a cultural resource management firm  researching and writing land use histories, and has experience writing National Register nominations and applications for local property designations.

Butler’s first academic press book, Lowcountry At High Tide: A History of Flooding, Reclamation, and Drainage in Charleston premiered in June 2020, published with University of South Carolina Press. She has also contracted with Dante Alighieri Society to write Italians in the Lowcountry, which highlighted Italian cultural and architectural contributions to Charleston, and with Historic Charleston Foundation and Historic Ansonborough Neighborhood Association to write Ansonborough: Birth and Rebirth.

Since 1947 the Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens has been the Foundation’s largest fundraiser and educational tool and has provided intimate glimpses into some of the most beautiful homes and gardens in Charleston, SC. The Festival’s Food for Thought Lecture Series is a fan-favorite and this year the speakers and topics range from Charleston’s gardens and alluring interiors to Natural Disasters in the Lowcountry and everything in-between. Each lecture will be held atop Charleston’s High Battery at the Captain James Missroon house Community Room with a light lunch provided by Caviar and Bananas.

Limited space available. Tickets required. Limited off-site parking only.