EDGEFIELD — The Southern Studies Showcase is an opportunity to explore the past. Hosted by the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society and the Edgefield Civic League, the third edition of the event is scheduled for Sept. 19 and 20.


Activities will include a block party during which dinner will be served, tours of Willowbrook Cemetery and a kiln opening.


The theme of the block party will be “How the 1920s Roared During Prohibition.” Period dress is encouraged, but not required, for the party. The best outfits will be recognized with prizes.


Vendors, such as The History Press and The University of South Carolina Press, will have tables with displays in Trinity Episcopal Church's parish hall.


There also will be a series of speakers during the morning and afternoon on both days. Their topics will include the famous slave potter Dave, the Cherokee Trail, African-American genealogy, slave records and Native Americans in the CSRA.


Dr. Julian L. Mims III will talk about Prince Rivers, a state legislator and trial judge who played an important role in the founding of Aiken County. A former slave, Rivers also fought for the Union during the Civil War, achieving the rank of sergeant.


Southern Studies Showcase participants will also be able to do research in the D.A. Tompkins Memorial Library and the Edgefield County Archives.


The registration fee for the Southern Studies Showcase is $30 and includes admission to the block party on Sept. 19.


After Sept. 12, the cost is $40 and there will be no guarantee of a meal during the block party.


Registration on both days of the Southern Studies Showcase will be held at the Tompkins Memorial Library, which is located at 104 Courthouse Square.


For more information, email Dr. Connie McNeill at connie@wctel.net or Tonya Guy at OEDGS85@gmail.com, or call the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society at 803-637-4010.


Dede Biles is a general assignment reporter for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since January 2013. A native of Concord, N.C., she is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.