Author Michael J. Heitzler, Ed.D. transports readers across "The Goose Creek Bridge" (published by AuthorHouse) to explore the fundamental characteristics and epochal transitions of Saint James, Goose Creek Parish, one of the most historically important neighborhoods in North America.
Comprehensive and carefully documented, "The Goose Creek Bridge" divulges the social and political significance of a small section of South Carolina through the ages by introducing local personalities such as the "Goose Creek Men" who were seen as the tip of the spear for the British empire in North America and who impacted prevailing policies during a major turning point in colonial history.
"The characters and stories in the book are vibrant and the lessons are transferable to many other places," Heitzler says. "Nuances of everyday life in Goose Creek illuminate the relevant aspects of the varying eras from the Carolina frontier to the emerging institutions of the old south in the twentieth century."
Heitzler begins each of the 10 chapters with one or more characters crossing the Goose Creek Bridge, interacting and impacting upon the community within their context and during each era of the 330-year saga.
"Goose Creek is a little-known community that played a vital role in the development of South Carolina as well as the source of institutions that impacted the nation," he says.
Heitzler, a retired educator and current mayor of Goose Creek, set out to describe the history of the local community after realizing part of the story was missing, he says.
"Local history is a window to a wider world reflected by better known places, people and players," Heitzler says.
About the Book
The Goose Creek Bridge: Gateway to Sacred Places
By Michael J. Heitzler, Ed.D.
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About the Author
Michael James Heitzler earned a doctorate in education from the University of South Carolina. He is a Fulbright Scholar and a retired school administrator of the Berkeley School District, South Carolina. He has served as mayor of the City of Goose Creek since 1978. He is the author of "Historic Goose Creek, South Carolina, 1670-1980," published in 1983 by Southern Historical Press, Easley, South Carolina, and "Goose Creek, a Definitive History," volume I published in 2005 and volume II published in 2006, by the History Press, Charleston, South Carolina. The Berkeley Chamber of Commerce published his work, "George Chicken, Carolina Man of the Ages in 2011" and the City of Goose Creek and the South Carolina Historical Society published many of his articles.