The 150th anniversary of South Carolina's secession from the union later this year will be a low-key affair, consisting mostly of lectures.
But The Post and Courier of Charleston reports the anniversary next spring of the firing on Fort Sumter that plunged the nation into the Civil War will be a bigger event with concerts, exhibits, a star shell fired over Charleston Harbor and more lectures.
Organizers are still looking for money to pay for the observances.
John Tucker, the former superintendent of Fort Sumter, works with the Fort Sumter-Fort Moultrie Trust, one of the local organizations making plans for the 150th anniversary.
The Ordinance of Secession was approved in Charleston in December, 1860. The firing on Union troops in Sumter followed the next April.