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.