April 9, 2019 – “Vinnie the Vulture and Charleston, South Carolina”

Hello, everyone!

As constantly mentioned throughout my entire experience with Home Movie Collection, the vast majority of all the footage in the collection deal with family-related life experiences. Perfect examples include birthdays, Christmas celebrations, graduations, weddings (and wedding receptions), and family reunions. The footage I reviewed today did not break that trend. While watching these moments let me know the families involved a little more, they do not make good content for this blog. Fortunately, a couple of things happened in the office that broke this monotony.

As I settled into my routine, the among the first footage I reviewed included a trip to Charleston, South Carolina. I remember visiting the city as a child during my own family vacation. Unfortunately, none of the places I visited appeared in the footage. Instead, the family visited the USS Yorktown (with the USS Clamagore moored next to it), Boone Hall Plantation at Mount Pleasant, and Poogan’s Porch Restaurant in Charleston.

When the Second World War aircraft carrier ended its service on June 1, 1973, the USS Yorktown soon arrived at its new home at Patriot’s Point with the Patriot’s Point Development Authority as the new owners. Soon, the Allen M. Sumner-class destroyer, USS Laffey, joined it in 1975 as well as the USS Clamagore, the only known surviving example of a GUPPY type submarine. The Laffey recently underwent a costly repair in 2012 and the Yorktown just started the first phase of its own repair process. Unfortunately, Palm Beach County Commissioners voted to sink the Clagamore and turn it into an artificial reef.

Boone Hill Plantation once became the economic powerhouse of the region in the nineteenth century. Its slave cabins stand as a reminder of South Carolina’s past and listed as part of the African American Historic Places in South Carolina. Interestingly, the plantation still is in use and grows crops all year long. As for Poogan’s Porch Restaurant, I never ate there and know nothing about the place.

Apparently, it opened in 1976 and the name came from a neighborhood dog that grew attached to the previous owners (https://www.poogansporch.com/). Poogan the dog passed away in 1979 from natural causes. The restaurant claims that it honors its namesake as a living monument to the dog.  A very touching story, indeed.

While I continued my review of the Home Movie Collection, Mr. Benjamin asked for assistance to move some carts to the first floor. On one of the carts sat Vinnie the Vulture. I knew Vinnie once became a mascot candidate before losing to Knightro. Mr. Benjamin informed me of Vinnie’s past: during his lifetime, Vinnie frequented the main campus often enough that the students recognized him. When Vinnie passed away, the school taxidermied him and he sat in the President’s office before he came to the archives.

As I finished another compiled file of video files, I noticed the end of my shift fast approched. Like always, I saved my work and cleaned my  work area. Afterward, I bid farewell and left for the day.

In review, I learned about some locales in Charleston, South Carolina and more about Vinnie the Vulture. Tomorrow, I continue my trek through the Home Movie Collection. Until then, enjoy the rest of the evening and stay safe! Bye!

Author: 57r3l574d

I am currently a Graduate Student at the University of Central Florida and simultaneously employed by the university library's Special Collections and University Archives as a Other Personnel Service (OPS) Student. Expected to graduate in 2019 with a History MA - Public History Track.

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