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Lectures on Location

New for 2024, this lecture series features an eclectic collection of local experts speaking on location, to further enhance the discussion. Due to the nature of these lectures the capacities are limited and mobility is required.



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Leigh Handal

Leigh Handal

Author and Historian

A graduate of the College of Charleston with an MA degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina, Leigh Handel has been a licensed city tour guide for more than 25 years and owns her own tour company, Charleston Raconteurs ( As Director of Communications and Public Programs at HCF (1998-2010), Leigh directed the annual spring house and garden tours and Charleston International Antiques Show before being tapped by the Mayor’s Office to serve as co-editor of the city’s official history and tour guide training manual, released in 2011, which is still in use today. 


Handal's first book, Lost Charleston was released 2019 and her second, Storied & Scandalous Charleston, in 2022. Her next book, Charleston Then & Now, is set for release May 9, 2024. Today, Leigh writes the “Do You Know Your Lowcountry” column for the Charleston Post & Courier, appears on the Lowcountry Live show's “I Love the Lowcountry” series (WCIV-TV4) and has lectured extensively for a wide range of groups on Charleston history.


Brian Fahey

Director, Charleston Area Beekeepers

A native of Tybee Island, GA., Brian was drawn to Charleston by The Citadel. He traveled a circuitous path that led a career as an archivist and family man. Brian first placed hives in his driveway in 2019 and is a freshly minted South Carolina Beekeeper Association Journeyman; but he’s been a lifelong master of wit and sarcasm. 


Andy Slotin

Co-owner, George C. Birlant & Co. Antiques

A descendant of expert appraisers, Andy Slotin is the co-owner and manager of George C. Birlant & Co. Antiques. Andrew is the past-president of CADA (Charleston Antiques Dealers Association) and specializes in Antique English furniture, silver, porcelain, earthenware, crystal, brass, longcase clocks and fireside accessories and has worked continuously since 1986 at their family’s nationally renown business while also traveling with his parents to England and the Continent since he was 15 on buying expeditions.  He is also a certified antiques appraiser.

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Justin Schwebler

Properties Manager, HCF

Trained architectural historian and historic Charleston Foundation Properties Manager, Justin Schwebler is the steward of four of the Foundation's historic properties in addition to speaking on behalf of advocacy issues at BAR-L and beyond. 

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