Christopher Werner, Master Ironworker: From Germany to Charleston
The American College of Building Arts in Charleston, SC presents a digital history exhibit and lecture focused on 19th-century German immigrant and Charleston artisan, master ironworker Christopher Werner. Mr. Werner’s immigration from Germany to Charleston in the 1850’s transformed many of the city’s residences through his skill as an ironworker. His personal life was as bold as his professional life. A free lecture and reception will be held January 29th at 6:30 at Buyer Auditorium in Mark Clark Hall, The Citadel. The keynote speaker is Dr. Andrea Mehrländer, Executive Director of the Academy of Transatlantic Academic Studies in Berlin, and author of “Germans in Charleston.” The event also features Kelly Ciociola, the thesis author who inspired the creation of Werner’s digital exhibit; Nic Butler, Historian for the Charleston Archive at Charleston County Public Library; and Amanda Noll, Project Coordinator for the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative. This celebration of Christopher Werner and Charleston is made possible by a grant from The Humanities Council SC.