The Horry County Museum and the AVX Foundation present a lecture by Matt McDonough on Saturday, February 22nd, on the Golden Age of Piracy.

Nothing quite captures the American imagination like the Golden Age of Piracy. Seafaring rogues who swashed their buckles, accumulated and squandered a fortune amidst the beautiful turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean. How much of this depiction is true to history? Were pirates truly the romantic anti-heroes of yore? Vicious criminal sociopaths? Or something in between? Join Dr. Matthew McDonough as we separate fact from fiction regarding these tyrants of the seas.

Dr. Matthew McDonough earned his PhD in American history from Kansas State University in 2011 and has won several teaching awards over the last decade. His teaching and research specializations include military history, the American frontier and the Golden Age of Piracy. At present he is a Senior Lecturer of history at Coastal Carolina University and had previously served as an adjunct for Kansas State University and as a Visiting Assistant Professor of History at the United States Military Academy at West Point. When not teaching or lecturing, Dr. McDonough can most often be found enjoying spicy food, playing board games with his wife or visiting Amusement parks.

The program will begin at 1 pm in the McCown Auditorium located at 805 Main Street, Conway SC. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 843-915-5320 or email To view a full list of programs, visit our website at


  • Occurred Saturday, February 22nd, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


Horry County Museum

805 Main Street
Conway, SC 29526


Horry County Museum

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