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Presbyterian Heritage Tour of Georgia and South Carolina Lowcountry and Upcountry , April 3-8, 2006


Decatur, GA—Columbia Seminary’s Lifelong Learning program is offering a tour of the Georgia and South Carolina lowcountry and upcountry from April 3-8, 2006. Tour hosts are Erskine and Nan Clarke and Bert and Kaye Carmichael. Clarke, who is professor of American religious history at Columbia Theological Seminary, will provide background and stories about the places being visited. His most recent book, Dwelling Place: A Plantation Epic focuses on the Georgia and South Carolina lowcountry. Carmichael is Columbia’s director of alumni/ae and church relations. The tour will focus on the historical influence of Presbyterianism in the lowcountry with a return excursion through the upcountry. Participants will visit elegant country churches and cemeteries (both European American and African American) on the mainland as well as Georgia’s fascinating Sea Islands. The tour will explore Savannah and Charleston in all of their springtime glory with visits to churches as well as to homes, gardens, and sites of slave markets. The return trip will pass through Columbia with a visit to the mansion that housed Columbia Theological Seminary for almost one hundred years. Following an overnight stay in Clinton, SC, there will be a tour of Presbyterian College and Thornwell Children’s Home in that city. Another highlight will be a visit to Due West, the Mecca of Associate Reformed Presbyterians, with its Erskine College and Seminary. For the complete itinerary and further information about pricing and accommodations, or to register for the tour, you may view or print out the attached brochure or call 404 687-4587. Columbia Theological Seminary, located in Decatur, Georgia, was established in 1828 and is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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