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93rd Annual Halsted Society Meeting


Join us from September 11 - 14, 2019 in Charleston, SC for the 93rd Annual Halsted Society Meeting, hosted by the MUSC Department of Surgery.  

Charleston PlaceThe meeting hotel is Charleston Place, where history meets timeless elegance. Located at the heart of downtown Charleston’s historic district and within walking distance of all the major attractions, Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect base for the annual meeting.


Wednesday evening, MUSC is hosting a Welcome Reception at in the Palmetto Garden Room in Charleston Place from 6 - 9 p.m. We hope to see you there! 


Thursday's local scientific program will take place on the MUSC Campus with a half day of academic sessions. Lunch is provided and the annual Halsted Society photo will be taken. After the academic session, we have two opportunities for you. We invite you to join us on a walking tour through an historic section of Charleston, led by anthropologist Dr. Ade Ofunniyin (Dr. O), grandson of the legendary Charleston Blacksmith, Philip Simmons, and founder and CEO of the Gullah Society. (Note: This is the same tour offered to your guests on Thursday morning, during your academic session.) Or we invite you to spend time on a self-guided tour of the Waring Historical Library, the special collections and rare book library for the Medical University of South Carolina.

Ade Ajani OfunniyinSpouse and Guest Social Programs:
Thursday's social program begins with a rich understanding of the contributions made by enslaved Africans and their descendants to the fabric of life in America through the eyes of anthropologist Dr. Ade Ajani Ofunniyin (Dr. O), grandson of the legendary Charleston Blacksmith, Philip Simmons, and founder and CEO of the Gullah Society. 

Heart Gate

Dr. O will guide us through a leisurely walking tour in the historic district, focusing on the famed Charleston gates created by Philip Simmons, one of the world's most renowned Master Blacksmiths. Dr. O will speak to the significance of Philip Simmons as an African American blacksmith and someone of Gullah Geechee heritage. Dr. O will delve into the influence of the Gullah Geechee in the Lowcountry and the efforts being made by the Gullah Society to preserve their heritage, providing a deeper understanding and depth of gratitude to their contributions to society. 

After the tour, enjoy lunch on your own and meet us for an enjoyable walk or pedi-cab to the Roper House, built in 1838 on the recently completed High Battery, which commands a sweeping view of the Charleston, South Carolina harbor.

The Roper House, part of the American Classical Homes Preservation Trust, is an outstanding example of early 19th Century Greek Revival architecture. The house is built on a monumental scale, with massive, two-story-high Ionic columns raised above a first floor, arched loggia pedestal base.The private tour provides a glimpse into life on the High Battery.

Gibbes Museum of ArtThursday's social program concludes with a reception and dinner at the Gibbes Museum of Art, just a few short steps away from Charleston Place. The Gibbes Museum of Art is home to the foremost collection of American art that incorporates the story of Charleston. The Museum connects the city and region’s artistic past to a vibrant contemporary art scene. 

Abigail Kent

During the cocktail reception, enjoy a  docent-led private tour of the galleries and entertainment by local harpist, Abigail Kent, named the February 2018 “New Artist of the Month” for Musical America International Magazine. Miss Kent is the 2017–19 touring “Concert Artist” of the American Harp Society after winning the prestigious Pan-American solo competition.


Friday's academic sessions take place in the Oak Room at Charleston Place and concludes at 11:30 a.m. with the annual business meeting taking place from 11:30 - noon. There are no morning social events scheduled, providing spouses and guests ample time to explore the art galleries, museums, market area, shops and boutiques on Upper King Street, or enjoy a morning at the Spa at Charleston Place. 

Charleston Library Society After lunch on your own, join us for a short walk to the Charleston Library Society, one of Charleston's true treasures. Founded in 1748, decades before the United States, all four South Carolinians who signed the Declaration of Independence were board members. From colonial era letters to literary manuscripts, the Library Society's Archives and Special Collections hold some of the Lowcountry's greatest cultural treasures.  Today, it stands as the nation's second-oldest continually operating library and in addition to being a lending library, local Charlestonians often referred to the Library Society as Charleston's cultural, social and intellectual living room, hosting screenings, book events and talks.

The Sound of Charleston

The Friday night Black Tie Dinner and Reception includes a cocktail reception and special musical performance at Circular Congregational Church: The Sound of Charleston from Gospel to Gershwin.  Charleston’s longest running musical production. 

“The best night out in the City is this must-see performance of gospel, Gershwin, music of the Civil War, light classics, and jazz — all the elements of Charleston’s rich musical stew”– Frommers Travel Guide

Sottile Ballroom

Following the reception is the Black Tie Dinner in the Sottile Ballroom, part of the historic Riviera Theater at Charleston Place.The Riviera Theatre is a National Historic Landmark, complete with Art Deco murals, intricate moldings and light fixtures. Even the original plush theater seats, marquee and ticket booth were preserved. 


Saturday's academic session takes place in the Oak Room at Charleston Place. There are no social events planned for Saturday.