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Hello and welcome to the online home of the South Carolina Historical Association.

The South Carolina Historical Association (SCHA) was founded eighty-seven years ago in 1931 to help enhance the teaching and study of all areas of history. The association has a diverse membership that includes university professors, graduate students, archivists, public historians and even park rangers!


SCHA provides opportunities for individuals who love history to share that passion with like-minded individuals through an annual meeting held every March. In 2018 the annual meeting will be held at the USC Aiken Campus in Aiken, SC and in 2019 at the SC Department of Archives and History in Columbia, SC. Papers presented at the annual meeting are eligible for submission to our prestigious peer-reviewed journal The Proceedings.


Check our website for updates throughout the year on the annual meeting, the call for papers, information on how to become a member, etc and check out the South Carolina Historical Association on Facebook for other updates and opportunities throughout the year.

If you have a passion for history we hope you’ll join us!


Elizabeth L. Laney

SCHA President



South Carolina Archives and History, Columbia, SC

Information will be available soon

2019 Annual Meeting and Conference
Location: USC Aiken
    When: March 9th, 2019

History of SCHA

The South Carolina Historical Association was founded in 1931 by persons teaching, writing, and studying history in South Carolina. Since that time, it has held an annual meeting for the presentation of papers on a wide variety of historical fields. Although its geographical base is the state of South Carolina, the organization exists to enhance the teaching and study of all areas of history. Membership comes primarily from South Carolina, but the organization is open to any person interested in history. The person's field of study may be any area of history; the association welcomes and encourages participation regardless of the historical field of interest. The Association also publishes a journal, The Proceedings, to which papers presented at the annual meeting may be submitted.

The Proceedings

Annually, the association publishes a journal, The Proceedings, which consists of papers presented at the annual meeting and submitted to the journal for publication consideration. The papers presented at the annual meeting and submitted to the journal are refereed by professional historians prior to selection for publication. Only those papers that meet high standards of scholarship and writing quality are selected for publication. Some papers are published in their entirety; others are published in abstract. Here are The Proceedings from past years.

SCHA Officers

Each year the association elects for its officers, a president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and three members-at-large. These officers comprise the executive board. The executive board nominates an editor for The Proceedings, arranges the annual meeting and program, oversees the publication of The Proceedings, and publishes a quarterly Newsletter.



Elizabeth Laney

Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site

Vice President

Michael Morris

College of Coastal Georgia

 Board Members:

J. Brent Morris

USC Beaufort

Term Expires 2019

Stefan Wiecki

Presbyterian college

Term Expires 2021

Proceedings Editors:

Brenda Schoolfield

Bob Jones University

Earnest Jenkins

USC Lancaster


Melanie Maddox

The Citadel

J. Tracy Powers

Newberry College

Term Expires 2021


Carol Loar

USC Upstate

Alexia Helsley

USC Aiken

Term Expires 2018

Elizabeth Georgian

USC Aiken

Term Expires 2020

Brooke Bauer

USC Lancaster

Term Expires 2020


Every two years the association awards prizes for outstanding articles that are published in The Proceedings. One prize is for the best article submitted by a graduate student member. The other prize is for the best article submitted by a professional member.

2017 Professional Paper: Ken Alford

2016 Graduate Student Paper: Anderson Rouse

2015 Professional Paper: Robert Scott Davis

2015 Graduate Student Paper: Megan Hatfield

2013 Professional Paper: Stefan Wiecki

2013 Graduate Student Paper: Otis Westbrook Pickett

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