Speaker for May 19, 2015 Meeting – Suzannah Smith Miles, Local Historian

Flyer on Miles Books MapFor the May 19th meeting, we will welcome Local Historian Suzannah Smith Miles as our speaker. Raised in historic downtown Charleston and on Sullivan’s Island, Miles was bitten by the history bug when she was seven-years-old and discovered a Revolutionary War cannonball while playing in the yard of her family’s lower King Street home. She has been called the “historian’s historian” for her extensive knowledge of Lowcountry history and the enjoyable way she easily brings history to the public in her writings. She is a regular contributor to Charleston Magazine and East Cooper’s Moultrie News, as well as WNC Magazine in Asheville where she shares her knowledge of western North Carolina history. She has written extensively on Civil War history and lived in Gettysburg for ten years. While making her home in Mount Pleasant’s Old Village in the 1980s, she began to focus on East Cooper history and is now considered one of the most knowledgeable historians of the region. She has written some sixteen books, including Writings of the Lowcountry, Writings of the Islands and An East Cooper Gazetteer (History Press). Her latest is a coffee table-sized history, The Islands: An Illustrated History of Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms, is considered the most thorough and in-depth work written of these two important barrier islands. Also an artist, Miles’ works in watercolors and oils but is best known for her cartography skills, including the recent signed and limited number edition, “Plantations of Christ Church Parish.”