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Nic Butler, Ph.D.

Nic Butler is a public historian with a passion for sharing his love of learning. A native of Greenville County, South Carolina, Dr. Butler attended the University of South Carolina before completing a Ph.D. in musicology at Indiana University. He has worked as archivist of the South Carolina Historical Society, as an adjunct faculty member at the College of Charleston, and as an historical consultant for both the City of Charleston and the Charleston County School District. Since 2005 he has worked for the Charleston County Public Library, first as the institution’s archivist and now as its historian-in-residence. In 2014 Dr. Butler launched the Charleston Time Machine, a multimedia campaign to promote a better understanding of our community’s deep and colorful history. Through public lectures and a bi-weekly podcast, the Charleston Time Machine seeks to educate and amuse, as well as to inspire audiences of all ages to reflect on the enduring presence of the past in our lives.