of Directors – 2016-2017
Jack D. Howle, President
Sue Walker Griffin, Past President
Dr. Jack Fudger, 1st Vice President
Porter L. Thompkins, Jr., Treasurer
Shirley Patterson, Secretary
Mike Carraher, Director-at-Large
Dr. Arland Compton, Jr., Director-at-Large
Kell Compton, Director-at-Large
Ray Thompson, Director-at-Large
Sue Towery, Director-at-Large
Annie Rivers, Ex-officio
Dr. William R. “Bob” Ferrell, Ex-officio
year - July 1 to June 30
Memorials & gifts gratefully accepted.
Gifts & dues are tax deductible as provided by IRS.
Checks should be payable to
The Sumter County Historical Society,
& mailed to:
P.O. Box 1456 • Sumter SC 29151
the Historical Society's 2016 Newsletter
The Sumter County Historical Society continues
to work to follow the aims established when the Society began.
To that end in 2015, The Society actively began to develop
a plan for making improvements and maintenance of the Thomas
Sumter gravesite. We have applied for a grant and have coordinated
with Thomas Sumter Academy for an ongoing program of general
upkeep of the site.
Membership dues also enable us to fund a
$1000 scholarship, as well as monetary awards on Student Recognition
Night to students competing in our essay contest.
projects in the past included funding the restoration of the
oil portrait of the sister of Angelica Singleton Van Buren,
Videau Singleton Deveaux, who with her husband purchased “The
Ruins,” a local historic home in 1838. We make efforts
to hold meetings on site at historic locations, of which there
are many in the Sumter area. Come join us and learn about Sumter
March 5th General meeting- 3:00 at the museum. John
Duffie will speak on his grandfather and the Miracle
on Washington Street.
March 19th Essay Contest winners meeting- 3:00 at
April 30th- History of Shaw AFB and Annual Meeting