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Oral History and Digital Collections create new exhibit

Mar 25, 2013 1:00 PM

Shivar Spring Co., a Fairfield County business that operated from 1907 to 1957, is the subject of a new digital exhibit created by USC Libraries. Shivar Spring Co. produced and sold ginger ale and mineral water. The company's logo -- a man and his dog standing near the natural springs -- is shown here.

Andrea L'Hommedieu, USC's oral historian at South Caroliniana Library, and Matthew W. Shepherd, a digital assistant in Digital Collections in Hollings Library, recently completed the online exhibit, “Shivar Spring Co. & Tom McConnell: A Shared Story.”

“The exhibit intertwines the history of a now defunct Fairfield County business, Shivar Spring Company, with the life story of Mr. Tom McConnell, who spent all of his 85 years in the small town of Shelton, South Carolina,” L’Hommedieu said. “The project was a great collaboration between the Office of Oral History and Digital Collections.”

The exhibit features postcards, business letterhead, a booklet promoting the company’s mineral water, an oral history interview with the last known living employee, photographs of the spring house, cisterns, bottles, and a resources page for additional information about the company, including advertisements, news stories, patent records, related books and an obituary.

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