Dr. Eric Lager has a passion for giving entertaining and educational tours that cover a broad array of topics related to Charleston’s history, but specializes in the city’s Revolutionary and Civil War history. Eric earned his B.A. in history at the University of Florida in 2003, worked for several years as a tour guide at Custer State Park in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and then as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service at Fort Pulaski National Monument in Savannah Georgia.
In 2008, Eric earned his M.A. in history at Clemson University. After working as tour guide for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia and teaching courses on United States history at Colorado Mountain College, Eric spent the next seven years working on his doctorate degree in Nineteenth Century American History at the University of Tennessee, graduating with a Ph.D. in 2019. His dissertation, The Transformation of a Confederate State: War and Politics on the South Carolina Home Front, 1861-1862, examines the state government’s prosecution of the war effort and addresses issues relating to civilian life in Charleston and more broadly on the South Carolina home front.
On the days when he is not giving tours, Eric teaches courses on United States and European history at The Citadel, the Military College of South Carolina. He has severed on many history panels over the years and presented his research to several professional conferences and private history organizations. Eric thus brings an extensive background in both public history and higher education to the guests on his tours, explaining historical information in a fun, yet highly informative manner.
Al Ray is a seventh-generation Charlestonian who was first licensed as a tour guide in 1979. He is the current President of the Charleston Tour association and is recognized as a knowledgeable historian and a talented storyteller, strengths which make him an excellent guide. His years of Healthcare Outreach and Public Speaking honed skills that allow him to convey maximum information and retention using humor and logical sequencing of the narrative. A’s belief is that a good guide will entertain, edify and inform, in that order.