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Lesta Sue Hardee: Legendary Locals of Myrtle Beach
Lecture, History, Museum

The local author Lesta Sue Hardee will talk about her book, "Legendary Locals of Myrtle Beach." Simeon B. Chapin was an entrepreneur and visionary who, along with Franklin G. Burroughs, helped create the foundation of what is Myrtle Beach today. B.B. Benfield built and opened the area’s first movie theater, and Lawrence Boulier was a landscape artist and founder of the Waccamaw Arts and Crafts Guild. Earl Husted brought the first amusement park rides to this area, and Anthony James left after high school to make a name for himself as the first widely known actor from the Myrtle Beach area. Some of these names may be unfamiliar, but each of these legendary locals, in his or her own way, has helped make Myrtle Beach the historical hometown and vacationers’ paradise that it is today. Hardee, a Myrtle Beach native, preserves the history of Myrtle Beach through oral history interviews and the archiving of materials that she comes across at work and during her personal genealogy and local research.


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