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2014 Simms Society Biennial Conference Information
The 2014 Simms Society Conference will be held September 25-27, 2014 in and around the historic Woodlands plantation, Simms’s home for most of his adult life. Registration for the conference will begin at 9:00 a.m. on September 25, 2014 in Building F, Room 406 of the Orangeburg Calhoun Technical College, 3250 Matthews Road in Orangeburg, SC. Scholarly sessions will begin there at 10:00 a.m. and will continue through the late afternoon. The conference continues on Friday, September 26 from 10: 00 to 4:30 p.m. on the grounds of Woodlands and on Saturday, September 27 from 10:00 a.m. to noon, also at Woodlands.
Those attending may choose other hotels, but the official conference hotel is the Holiday Inn in Orangeburg. The hotel will hold rooms for us until August 25, and reservations can be made at 800-315-2621. The Holiday Inn is located at 118 Sleep Inn Road in Orangeburg.
In addition to scholarly papers, the conference will include a catered lunch and a dinner banquet on Friday, a report on the potential for an archeological dig at Woodlands on Sunday, tributes to two great Simms scholars who recently passed away, a showing of the Woodlands-themed artworks of Ann Simms, and other events related to the life and works of William Gilmore Simms.
If you are planning to attend the conference or need additional information, please contact Simms Society president Kevin Collins at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student Research Awards
If you are an undergraduate or
graduate student and are interested in attending the 2014
conference at Woodlands, the society is sponsoring several
student research awards that will include a cash prize, a
reduced conference registration fee, and an opportunity to
present your research essay at the conference. Deadline for
submission of essays is April 15, 2014. For more information
click HERE (PDF File)
or go to the
Conference Information link located in the menu on the
Simms Review, Volume
The latest edition of the Simms Review has been
mailed to society members. Please let us know know if you have
not received your copy. An electronic edition is available
PDF format HERE.
This is a special issue on Simms and The Writing of
Difference published jointly with the Institute
for African American Research at the University of South
The Simms Digital Initiatives at
With the Simms Initiatives,
generously funded by the Watson-Brown Foundation and the
University of South Carolina Libraries, scholars now have
growing access to Simms's writings through both digital and
Print on Demand editions. The Initiatives also are compiling
as complete a bibliography of Simms’s writings as possible.
For more on the Simms Digital Initiatives, visit the USC
Shared History, an
award-winning documentary on the history of black and white
families who trace their heritage through Woodlands, has a
companion website that provides useful information about
Simms and his family. You can find it at
WGSS Constitution and Bylaws
An updated edition of the
society's constitution and bylaws can be found