Calling all Farmers, Crafters, Artists, Bakers, and MORE: March 30th from 11-1pm we will be holding a Farmers Market Informational Lunch. If you are interested in becoming a vendor or already are one please makes sure to call us at 843.549.2303 and speak with Robin Gunter our Market Manager. This lunch is completely free. We will be serving Soup and Sandwiches. Join us!
The renowned creations of one of the Palmetto State’s most respected native sons are the focus of this special traveling exhibit. Twenty-four graphic panels, which feature copies of some of Mills’ most famous sketches, drawings and elevations, can be seen. The show is a smaller version of one created by the American Architectural Foundation, for which Dr. John M. Bryan, head of the art history department at the University of South Carolina, served as guest curator.
Mills is considered in many circles - this country’s first and foremost architect. His 19th century designs have not only stood the test of time, but they have become among the most familiar symbols of American democracy.
Mills’ architectural works, particularly churches and courthouses, can be seen in communities throughout the Palmetto State, as he served as the state’s superintendent of public buildings from 1822 to 1824. The Mills exhibit includes some of these designs but also looks at other buildings, such as Monticello, the Washington Monument and the first building of the Smithsonian Institution.
Discover the Victorian era influence on the sentimental practices of today. Friendship albums, hair work, and mourning practices are discussed. In addition, guests will have the opportunity to peruse authentic displays of hair jewelry, mourning pieces, and friendship albums. Kim Poovey demonstrates Victorian era hair work as well as scripting with a dip pen. Take a sentimental journey to the past and discover the origins of today's nostalgic rituals.
The handwritten letter with elegant wide and narrow strokes is a work of art. Whether it's improving one's penmanship, addressing wedding envelopes or creating unique art, calligraphy is for anyone who wants to try a fun, 2-hour class. Workshop fee of $25 includes instruction, guides, practice papers, calligraphy pen & materials to create a themed class art.
Anyone can learn the art of "beautiful writing" to improve penmanship, try a new artistic skill or create unique art. Workshops are available at Hobby Lobby, Studio B Art Gallery, and other museums and art centers including Coastal Carolina University (6-week series).
Natasha Lawrence has been a professional calligrapher for almost 20 years. She taught calligraphy at the Charleston Museum for almost ten years, offering an introductory program as well as workshops specific to brides and weddings.
Tickets $25 per person. Call 843.549.2303 to register
This fun talk from Charleston Fossil Adventures (CFA) is about all of our Lowcountry animals from the Ice Age mammals to the marine critters, including Otodus megalodon. After the talk CFA will have a Dig-Your-Own fossil bin for the kids and adults to dig through and unearth fun fossils that they can take home!
If you can't get enough dinosaurs in your life make sure to stop by the museum and check out our collection of fossils or book an adventure with CFA to go fossil huning!
This event is free and open to the public. Please call 843.549.2303 if you have any questions.
From Plume Street to the Polls: The Women’s Suffrage Movement in South Carolina–What do a small-town doctor’s wife, a Connecticut-born governor’s wife, an upper-class but down on her luck Charleston stenographer, and the first woman licensed to sell real estate in South Carolina have in common? They fought tirelessly to gain women’s right to vote in the Palmetto State. As we approach the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage, learn more about the South Carolina women who led that struggle.
Melissa Walker, Emerita George Dean Johnson, Jr. Professor of History at Converse College is an award-winning teacher and scholar. The author or editor of nine books on Southern and women’s history, in 2007, she was named the South Carolina Professor of the Year, by the Carnegie Foundation for Teaching and CASE. Her book “Southern Farmers and Their Stories” was awarded a prestigious Outstanding Academic Title Award from Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries for its overall excellence in scholarship and its value to undergraduate students. Her first book, All We Knew Was to Farm: Rural Women in the Upcountry South, 1919-1941, received the Southern Association for Women Historians’ Willie Lee Rose Prize for the best book in Southern history. Walker speaks to audiences of all ages about a wide variety of history topics.
This lecture presents in narration and interpretation an introduction to the Gullah language. The presentation, partially in storytelling form, is spoken in the Gullah language with the English translations.
Sharon Cooper-Murray is a native of South Carolina raised in Florence County. After attending college in Tennessee, she returned to South Carolina and has resided Charleston County, South Carolina. When she arrived on Wadmalaw Island, SC, it was the first time she heard the Gullah language, and she was fascinated by the tone and rhythm of this Creole language. That was the beginning of what has become her life-long passion: the Gullah culture, their stories, folk music, crafts, food ways, religious folkways … their way of life. She has traveled throughout the east coast of the United States as an advocate of the preservation, conservation and development of the culture through workshops, lectures, storytelling, special events and artist in residency programs.
When they first came they were the enemy - Union soldiers burning, plundering, pillaging, emancipating and fighting on Southern soil. With the end of the Civil War they became residents, businessmen, husbands, fathers, civil servants, and community leaders. In this presentation Historian Elizabeth Laney talks about the Union veterans who were brought to Walterboro in war but settled in peace to become backbones of the local community. A large focus will be on the town's largely forgotten black union soldiers, members of the 35th US Colored Troops.
Take a stroll with local historian Elizabeth Laney. The cemetery tour will be centered around the Colored Section of Live Oak Cemetery featuring some of Walterboro's most prominent 19th century African-American families, including two of Walterboro's forgotten black Union soldiers.
Please call ahead and register 843.549.2303. This event is free and open to the public.
The history of afternoon tea, proper tea etiquette, and how to brew the perfect pot of tea is shared. Audience members also learn the history of the teddy bear and Margarete Steiff, founder of the Steiff stuffed animal and teddy bear company. Rediscover the simple pleasure of afternoon tea with teddy.
Advanced Tickets ONLY. Tickets are $10 per person. Tea and heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please call 843.549.2303 to purchase tickets and reserve you spot.
Join us for the 3rd Annual Teddy Bear Breakfast! Bring you best teddy friend along for this hearty breakfast, and if you’d like bring your teddy over to the museum the day before so the teddies can have a sleepover! Pancakes, bacon, teddy bear parade, and fun for all!
Space is limited. Please call 843.549.2303 to reserve your spot.
Ticket Prices: $15 - 1 adult & 1 child
$8 - each additional child
Get in the holiday spirit with the whole gang at Family Craft Night! We will be doing/demonstrating crafts at several stations. This is interactive fun, so be sure to bring your craft skills! We will be have an “Ye Olde English'“ theme with Chris Tingles, Crackers, Dioramas, and Pinecone owls.
Dan Johnson, a former managing editor of The Press and Standard, will present a program on the American Revolution at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Colleton Museum.
The program traces the travails of Sarah McIntosh, her two daughters and her three young sons. At the beginning of the war, British forces based in Florida raided incessantly into South Georgia, placing the McIntosh home at Darien in the midst of a combat zone and causing Sarah to move her family to the supposed safety of Savannah. After British invaders captured Savannah, the family became trapped behind enemy lines. While French and American forces laid siege to Savannah, Sarah and her children huddled in a basement and endured horrific artillery bombardments. When the British eventually released them, they travelled to the supposed safe haven of Camden, S.C. Just before the British captured Camden, the family evacuated to North Carolina. The family continued wandering around the South before finding refuge in Virginia, where Governor Thomas Jefferson provided funds for the family’s sustenance. After the war ended, the family returned to Savannah.
Welcome to one of the most unique bicycling festivals in the USA!
Coming up is our 20th annual FestiVELO Ride, taking place November 7-11, 2018, out of Walterboro, SC. You have never experienced a more exciting and activity-filled bike event than Festivelo!
Our annual four-day event offers you your choice of morning rides in the area:
20-30 miles, 55-65 miles, or 95-105 mile routes – to suit your ambition and skill level.
You will enjoy delicious food: breakfast and hot meals at your lunch rest stops each day, and when you return to home base in Walterboro in the afternoons, we have more food and festivities for you: themed dinners, drinks, activities and entertainment planned for you to celebrate your riding accomplishments.
See the links above for more information about FestiVELO!
Learn the intricate and meticulous rituals required of 19th century families when mourning the loss of a loved one. Kim wears period correct mourning attire as well as sharing displays of mourning jewelry, photography, and accoutrements of the era. Ghost stories make the event a spine tingling experience.
Join us as Joseph McGill chronicles nights spent in slave dwellings.
Now that I have the attention of the public by sleeping in extant slave dwellings, it is time to wake up and deliver the message that the people who lived in these structures were not a footnote in American history.
– Joseph McGill, Founder of the Slave Dwelling Project
For more information about this project visit: http://slavedwellingproject.org
This was made possible in part by the South Carolina Humanities Speakers Bureau.
The dynamic story of Barbados is one which is as fascinating as it is mind-blowing including the fact that Barbados is known as the only colony to have founded another colony. When Barbados was still a colony of Britain, Barbadian set sail from Speightstown to the United States, and founded the colony of the Carolinas. Thus, historically Barbados played a major role in the settlement of the Americas, and was also described as the springboard for demographic movement in the colonization of the Americas. Approximately 7 to 10 million Americans can trace their roots to Barbados.
Free & Open to the Public
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All of the children sign our pirate articles to join the crew. Next, we practice sword drills, so the crew is ready for the adventure. Each child receives a sword to keep as a souvenir. Don't worry, Mom & Dad... the swords are foam rubber!
We then set out on our treasure hunt, exploring the pirate history of White Point Gardens and Charleston Harbor.
Children also get to make their own pirate flags. The tour ends when we find the treasure chest and divvy up the plunder. Aye! The kids get more souvenirs from the treasure chest!
Free event but please pre register with the Museum. Call 843.549.2303
Geared for children under 8 years old.
Meet a real pirate and their talking parrot all while learning about the history of pirates here in South Carolina.
In June of 1718, the infamous Blackbeard, working in partnership with Stede Bonnet, The Gentleman Pirate, blockaded Charleston’s harbor, stole goods, and held hostages. In the months that followed, others repeated similar acts of piracy. Bouts with these sailing thieves ultimately led to a 1719 petition requesting that South Carolina transition from a proprietary territory to an official royal colony of Great Britain. This is the perfect opportunity to explore the early 18th-century Lowcountry while learning stories of its piratical past.
Free and open to the public!
Peek into the wardrobe of a Victorian lady as Kim demonstrates the daily dressing rituals required of women during the 19th century, specifically the 1860s. Learn proper etiquette and fashion styles of the Victorian era. The language of the fan, a humorous look at Victorian communications between ladies and gentlemen, is also presented.
Truer Words is a novel about Emma Victoria Brown, a woman born and raised on a wealthy plantation in the Lowcountry of SC during the 19th century. Share in Emma’s childhood antics, joys, and tragedies as she struggles to do the right thing in the face of adversity all the while hiding a family secret that could cost them their lives.
Kim performs excerpts from the novel in period attire bringing the story, and its characters, to life.
Join the Colleton Museum and instructor Natasha Lawrence to learn the fundamental art of Calligraphy for any season and occasion! Topics include: Italian Italics, cursive writing, accents and flourishes, envelope addressing and resources. No previous experience or artistic ability are required. Guides, practice papers, and calligraphy pens will be provided!
54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry
The history of the regiment that was portrayed in the award-winning movie, Glory. This presentation is given in a Civil War uniform and includes a first-person characterization.
Joseph McGill, Jr. is a native of Kingstree, SC and is currently a Program Officer for the National Trust for Historic Preservation. He works in the Southern Office in Charleston, SC and is responsible for the states of Alabama, Louisiana, and South Carolina.
Mr. McGill received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Professional English from South Carolina State University. He spent six years in the United States Air Force and has been employed by the National Park Service, Penn Center, and the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa.
Mr. McGill is the founder of Company “I” 54th Massachusetts Reenactment Regiment in Charleston, SC. The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry was the regiment portrayed in the award-winning movie Glory. As a Civil War reenactor, Mr. McGill participates in parades, living history presentations, lectures, and battle reenactments.
Mr. McGill is a member of the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission and the African American Historical Alliance.