Fannin’ the Heat Away: A Celebration of the Art and Social History of the Handheld Church Fan

Fannin’ the Heat Away: A Celebration of the Art and Social History of the Handheld  Church Fan

In a program of old-fashioned show-and-tell, William McNeill celebrates a vanishing relic of southern Americana: the handheld church fan. While showing his large collection of vintage church fans, he explores their place in Protestant Christian art and reveals how the fans have served as devotional icons. He also illustrates the important role church fans have played in the world of advertising and in the kitsch visual culture of the American South. The fans trigger brief anecdotes that capture the flavor of the 1950s congregation of Singletary Methodist Church, the country church of his Bladen County youth. Offering fragments of a vanished world, this informative and entertaining program resurrects a time gone by – a warmer and more innocent time before the cooling breezes of air conditioning.

http://www.starnewsonline.com/article/20070228/NEWS/702280331

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Two 20-foot extension cords, an AV cart