Bill Fitzpatrick’s “South Carolina’s Sacred Spaces” to Help Save Endangered Churches

Proceeds Benefit Preservation South Carolina's Endangered Sacred Spaces Fund 

The church of your childhood, no longer attended and the doors long closed, but constantly in your peripheral as your drive through town or home for a visit. What if, perhaps, one day, it was no longer there? An empty lot where this building block of a community once stood. Unfortunately, all too often, that is when people begin to notice and that is when it is also too late. More and more small churches are struggling or closing their doors altogether. History is embedded in the timbers of these churches and with the loss of rural Christian culture these churches represent a generational shift. The plight of these sacred spaces in South Carolina's rural communities need more attention. By bringing awareness to these issues, we can do more to help preserve them.

Preservation SC hopes to find some common ground between the memories and significance of these old churches and today's values and visions for the future. Preserving these structures of yesterday not only keeps the past alive but it reminds many of us where we came from, it brings the history of South Carolina, figuratively and literally, to life. Author and photographer, Bill Fitzpatrick and I agree that South Carolina's story could be told through the collective histories of its sacred spaces. When Bill approached me and offered his beautifully produced, 248 page coffee-table book to Preservation South Carolina, his only stipulation was that all of the profits from its sale go to the preservation of our state's sacred spaces. Between myself and the Board of Directors, we knew we couldn't turn down this opportunity to help preserve our state's heritage for future generations.

Whether we attend religious services on a regular basis, or not, I would argue that when we travel along our state's less traveled roads we all pause, if just for a second or two, to stare at the aching beauty of a long-forgotten church. Who once worshiped here? What year was this church built? Who now tends to its weathered boards and windows? What unknown history does it hold? Preservation South Carolina hopes to remind communities of the significance of these buildings that were once a central meeting place, and spiritual and cultural hitching post for many people.

With the sale of this book, Preservation SC will be able to continue our work to keep these churches from crumbling and offer a new outlook to the future of the buildings and the future of the communities to which they have so often been integral. By putting intention and repair back into these buildings, our goal is to make sure they are ready for their next great purpose, whatever that may be. You can be a part of this recovery with the simple purchase of a book that will help tell this history for years to come.

Your’s in Preservation,
Michael Bedenbaugh
Executive Director, Preservation South Carolina

"Here's a meaningful and beautiful gift [for Christmas]. Bill Fitzpatrick has given us a sacred book, one for the ages."

Where to Buy South Carolina's Sacred Spaces

SC Retail Locations

Books on Main –1209 Main St, Newberry, SC - Check out their Facebook page

Historic Charleston Foundation – 40 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401 -  In their store on Meeting Street and in The Historic Market

Historic Columbia Foundation – 1601 Richland Street, Columbia, SC 29201 - In the Robert Mills Gift Shop

The Edgefield General Store – Located on the Historic Square, 102 Courthouse Square Edgefield, SC 29824

 

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Bill Fitzpatrick’s “South Carolina’s Sacred Spaces” to Help Save Endangered Churches

Proceeds Benefit Preservation South Carolina's Endangered Sacred Spaces Fund 

More and more small churches are struggling or closing their doors altogether. The plight of these sacred spaces in South Carolina's rural communities need more attention. By bringing awareness to these issues, we can do more to help preserve them.

“History is embedded in the timbers of these Churches,” said Mike Bedenbaugh, Executive Director. “With the loss of rural Christian culture these churches represent a generational shift.” Preservation South Carolina hopes to remind communities of the significance of these buildings that were once a central meeting place, and spiritual and cultural hitching post for many people.

Preservation South Carolina hopes to keep these churches from crumbling and offer a new outlook to the future of the buildings and the future of the communities to which they have so often been integral. By putting love and repair back into these buildings, their goal is to make sure they are ready for their next great purpose, whatever that may be.

Secure Your Copy Today - Help Save Sacred Spaces

Give the gift of history, order one for you and for friends & family.

Bill has graciously donated this stunning book to Preservation South Carolina for the purpose of creating SC's Saving Sacred Spaces Fund. This fund will be utilized to save sacred spaces that are at risk of being lost forever. So, as you enjoy the history and stories of the sacred spaces in the book, know that your purchase will help ensure sacred spaces, that now stand empty and at risk of loss, will not be forsaken.

You will be taken to PreserveSC.org to complete your purchase. Prefer to mail? Download the Order Form.

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Upcoming Book Tour Events

Coleman – Feaster – Mobley Family Reunion

Date: October 6, 2019

Time: 8:30 am to 11:30 pm

Location: Feasterville Academy Grounds: Hwy 215, Feasterville, SC

Mike will be presenting a short program about South Carolina’s Sacred Spaces and have books available to sell!

Historic Aiken Foundation Fall Membership Meeting

Date: October 6, 2019

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: Historic Aiken Foundation: 433 Newberry Street SW, Aiken, SC

Author and photographer, Bill Fitzpatrick, will speak at to members regarding his South Carolina’s Sacred Spaces book. Books will be available for sale and signing!

Eliza Lucas Pinckney Chapter NSDAR

Date: October 13, 2019

Time: 2:00pm

Location: Old Exchange Building: 122 East Bay Street Charleston, SC 29401

Bill Fitzpatrick, author and photographer of South Carolina’s Sacred Spaces, will be speaking.

Campbell Chapel AME Church

Date: November 4, 2019

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Campbell Chapel AME Church: 25 Boundary Street, Bluffton, SC

Bill and Mike will present information about South Carolina’s Sacred Spaces Book and Fund.

Third Thursday Luncheon

Date: November 21, 2019

Time: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Location: Hanahan Hall at Grace Church Cathedral: 98 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401

Grace Church Cathedral offers a series of luncheon speakers on topics of community interest, paired with a hearty lunch. They are held from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Third Thursday Luncheons are open to everyone: men and women, members and non-members. A $10 donation is appropriate for food service. Bill Fitzpatrick will be speaking about his book “South Carolina’s Sacred Spaces; the journey that led him to photograph endangered churches around the state and write about those who sacrifice to ensure they survive. He will also discuss the formation of Preservation SC’s Sacred Spaces Fund that will help give grants to those rural churches who have the most critical need for stabilization.

The public is invited to attend.

Contact Preservation SC at 803-944-9425, or,  Grace Church Cathedral at 843-723-4575 to learn more.

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