Dr. Andrew Sharp to present Caestecker Chair program April 16

Fri, 03/27/2009 (All day)

MOBILE – The Thomas E. Caestecker Endowed Chair in the Liberal Arts Program, in conjunction with the Friends of the Spring Hill College Library, is hosting a literary event to present “Antebellum Myths and Folklore,” a book by Dr. Andrew D. Sharp. The event is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16 at Stewartfield on the campus of Spring Hill College. A donation of $5 is requested.

Sharp is a professor of accounting at Spring Hill College and the current Thomas E. Caestecker Chair in the Liberal Arts. “Antebellum Myths and Folklore” is the result of Sharp’s three-year term as the Caestecker Chair. Research for the book took him from Charleston and Savannah to Natchez and Vicksburg to downtown Mobile, touring old homes and pouring over surviving tax records in a search for the truth.

Dr. Charles J. Boyle, professor emeritus and archivist at Spring Hill College, is quoted on the back cover of the book: “Most importantly, it points out several misconceptions, explanations of the causes of certain architectural characteristics, which for decades have been offered by tour guides but which in fact are not true,” he said.

After a brief presentation by Sharp, refreshments will be served. Autographed copies of “Antebellum Myths and Folklore” will be available for $10. All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Spring Hill College Library.

Thomas E. Caestecker provided $1 million to establish the chair in 1996. For more information, call (251) 479-1976.