Studying Local History | Palmetto Special


The opening and closing wraparounds are in front of the restored "Big Apple." Originally a synagogue, the building was sold in the 1930's to a black man and converted to a night club. Here originated the dance, the "Big Apple," that would become fashionable across the country.

The body of the program includes: a group of students talking with Margaret Gibbs who gives the students hints and encouragernent on conducting historical interviews; Mack Nichols of the Sumter Downtown Project taking two students through downtown Sumter with a discussion of architectural history; Mason Gibbes, of Gibbes Volkswagon/Mazda in Columbia, tells how his business, founded in 1877, has changed over the years; and Harvey S. Teal, an educator and local history buff, tells about his interest in local history, and shows them some of the artifacts that he has collected over the vears.


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