Naturalist John Cely signs new book on Congaree National Park

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Books on Broad will host John Cely for a book signing on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 from 4:00pm – 5:30pm. John Cely is the author of Congaree National Park as part of the Images of Modern America from Arcadia Publishing. Books on Broad is located at 944 Broad Street, Camden, S.C. 803-713-7323 M-S. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase and autographing.

About Congaree National Park: Located in central South Carolina, only a few miles from the capital city of Columbia, Congaree National Park is the largest old-growth bottomland hardwood forest left in the country and one of the most biologically diverse parks within the national park system. Nearly 100 species of trees have been documented within the park, almost as many as in the entire Pacific Northwest. The park has one of the tallest hardwood forests anywhere in the temperate world and features numerous trees of record-setting proportions, a distinction that has earned it the name “Forest of Champions.”

This book discusses the early history of the area that later became the Congaree National Park, shows efforts to protect it from logging by a citizen’s grassroots campaign, traces the park’s early beginnings and development, and illustrates some of the park’s notable flora and fauna.

About the author: John E. Cely, a native of Columbia, South Carolina, is a retired wildlife biologist and still-active naturalist who has been exploring the Congaree National Park for more than 40 years. He graduated from Clemson University twice, and currently serves on the board of directors of the Friends of Congaree Swamp. He is also a member of the COWASEE Basin Task Force. He lives in Columbia with his wife, Margaret, and two Jack Russell terriers, Buster and Belle.

Books on Broad is an independent book store and coffee shop located in downtown historic Camden proudly serving SC roasted King Bean coffee and offering a broad selection of new, used, and collectible books. Books on Broad is open Monday through Friday 7:30 am – 6 pm, and Saturday 7:30 am – 4 pm. Shop from the website 24/7 at


Books on Broad and Coffee, 944 Broad Street, Camden, SC 29020

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Free, Books will be available for purchase and autographing.

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