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March 18, 2019

I had the opportunity to interview Dr. Danny Nicholson last week in what should be one of the final interviews for this documentary project. Nicholson is a high-energy guy with a compelling story that gives him a direct connection with the children Connie Maxwell cares for.

I say that because Nicholson knows himself what it's like to be...

September 16, 2018

One of the early sections of "The Connie Maxwell Story" describes the plight of orphaned or impoverished children before the advent of child labor laws.

This was a problem about which many in the public were unaware, or if they were aware, the magnitude and severity of the suffering wasn't front of mind. That is until the pictures of Lew...

October 31, 2017

Here's another little snippet of the rough cut of "The Connie Maxwell Story" documentary I am working on. This segment is from early in the documentary and briefly discusses the history of orphanages to help establish context for the beginning of the Connie Maxwell and similar orphanages in the 19th century.

By the time the Connie Maxwel...

July 4, 2017

Embedded with this post is the latest rough cut from "The Connie Maxwell Story" documentary project. This cut contains two of the narrated segments, "Life in the New Century" and "Transitions." These segments cover the remarkable 46-year tenure of the second superintendent, Dr. Atha T. Jamison. Jamison led Connie Maxwell Children's Home...

June 14, 2017

The photo above shows J.H. Oulla and the first set of printer boys at the Connie Maxwell Orphanage standing in front of trays of type in the early 1900's. The orphanage had purchased a printing press to provide vocational training and to publish the Orphanage Notes, a monthly paper. The boys here are taking a break but will soon be gett...

September 18, 2016

Some of you who are regular readers of this blog may be interested in the sources being used for "The Connie Maxwell Story" documentary. I am very much indebted to a number of great sources, without which I would not have even attempted this project. This isn't meant to be a complete list by any means. I will create one for the credits...

August 3, 2016

One of the ways in which God never ceases to amaze me is in how He prepares people to be in the right place at the right time to receive His call for service. The Rev. J.L. Vass played an important role in getting the Connie Maxwell Orphanage up and running. He oversaw getting the first buildings built, hired the first child-caring staf...

July 19, 2016

Although he was the first superintendent of the Connie Maxwell Orphanage, the Rev. J.L. Vass often seems overshadowed by others in Connie Maxwell Children's Home's history. His story wasn't nearly so dramatic as that of Connie and her parents and he didn't serve nearly as long as the two superintendents who followed him. Yet Vass had th...

July 12, 2016

I had long heard that it was an editorial by W.W. Keys, the editor of The Baptist Courier, that had spurred South Carolina Baptists on to beginning its ministry to children but it wasn't until I began working on The Connie Maxwell Story documentary project that I actually looked at the original Nov. 15, 1888 issue of the denominational...

July 5, 2016

Although the Connie Maxwell Orphanage did not open until 1892, the American Civil War unquestionably had an impact on its founding just as it impacted everything in the South during the last half of the 19th Century. The orphanage's chief benefactor, Dr. John Maxwell, was a Civil War veteran who served as a surgeon for the Confederacy a...

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