Learn about the history of Columbia, SC, from some of the nation’s elite historians
Speakers & Historians
John E. Allison
John Allison is a founding partner in the investment management firm of Allison Investment Management, LLC. He is a South Carolina native, graduate of Wofford College, and has lived in Columbia, SC for the last 21 years. His ‘hobby’ of Revolutionary War history dates back to 1975 when he and his father started a quest to identify and define various Revolutionary War sites in the Carolinas. His particular passion is Revolutionary War battlefield archaeology. He is credited with locating many lost battlefields, and also better defining known Revolutionary War battlefields. None of his work could be accomplished without the help of his all-volunteer archaeological crew----the best crew ever assembled.
Doug Bostick is an eight-generation South Carolinian with an ancestor who served as the secretary for the Charleston Sons of Liberty. He is a graduate of the College of Charleston and earned a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina. Doug is a former staff and faculty member of the University of South Carolina and the University of Maryland. He is the author of 26 books and his knowledge of history is enhanced by a gift for storytelling. He speaks on a wide range of topics the Revolutionary War in South Carolina, South Carolina horse racing, the Civil War, Root Work (Voodoo) in South Carolina, Lowcountry folklore, and the history of Lowcountry food. He served as the project Director and Editor for a series of books commemorating the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War. Doug is currently the CEO & Executive Director of the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust, a land trust that protects and preserves historic military sites in the Palmetto State. He works directly with Catherine Noyes with the American Battlefield Trust as co-director for the South Carolina Liberty Trail.
Dan Davis, Education Manager at the American Battlefield Trust. He is a native of Fredericksburg, VA where his love for the Civil War began on childhood trips to local battlefields. Dan is a graduate of Longwood University with a bachelor’s degree in Public History. Dan has worked as a Ranger/Historian at Appomattox Court House National Historical Site and the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park. He is the author or co-author of numerous books and articles on the Civil War.
Rick Wise is a native South Carolinian from near Johnsonville, SC. He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BA in History, has a Masters Degree in Education, and a Masters Degree in Military History. Rick was commissioned as an officer through Army ROTC at the University of South Carolina. He was a paratrooper and is a Veteran of Desert Shield/Desert Storm, where he commanded a Multiple Launch Rocket System battery supporting the 24th Mechanized Division’s attack into the Euphrates River Valley. He served as a Ground Targeting Officer for Operation Southern Watch (No Fly Zone) in 1996, and in Operation Iraqi Freedom in Baghdad from 2005-2006. Rick served over 23 years in the Field Artillery and retired in 2007.
Since retiring from the Army, Rick helped over 500 Veterans and Spouses become teachers in South Carolina and in other states as Program Manager for the Troops to Teachers program. He served as Education and Volunteers Coordinator at the Historic Camden Revolutionary War Park in Camden, SC from January 2019 to May 2020. Rick currently serves with the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust as a member of the Liberty Trail Project Team, and also provides battlefield tours for military and other groups. Rick and his wife Paula live in Irmo, SC, and have two adult children and four grandchildren.