Join us for a in depth, first-hand look at the Edisto River. The Edisto River, the longest free-flowing black water river in North America, is one of the most important rivers in the world, a force of life for the Atlantic Ocean. The river is entirely contained in South Carolina and is under threat. Susan spent eight years in the making of “Edisto River: Black Water Crown Jewel,” working with nature photographer Larry Price and co-author Rosie Price. The making of the book, a winner of seven national awards, was a journey of its own, an experience that profoundly changed the lives of the three people who created the book.
Susan Kammeraad-Campbell is the publisher and editor in chief of Joggling Board Press and creator and producer of Storyboard America, a podcast being piloted in South Carolina in partnership with S.C. Public Radio. She is the author of “Edisto River: Black Water Crown Jewel,” winner of seven national awards, and “Doc: The Story of Dennis Littky,” which became an NBC movie of the week called “A Town Torn Apart.” She has served as lead editor of 34 books, many of which have won multiple literary and design awards. Joggling Board Press is a teaching press, and, over the years, Susan has mentored more than 30 interns and apprentices.
Join Sharon Cooper-Murray, aka the Gullah Lady, for a lecture and hands-on workshop about the folk art tradition of rag quilting. Cooper-Murray has set out on a mission to preserve this disappearing art form, which, she has learned from elderly Gullah women from Wadmalaw and Johns Islands, and which began on the islands during the antebellum period. Feed and grain sacks were combined with rag strips to make these unique quilts. This quilting tradition was passed from generation to generation until recent years. Join us for a fascinating workshop to learn more about this folk art, work on a community rag quilt and start your own project! The instructor provides all materials, and each participant should bring their own scissors.
Reservations are required. Call 843.549.2303
The Community Rag Quilting Preservation Initiative seeks to continue the transmission of folk art skills from generation to generation, to promote this indigenous textile tradition within the tourist industry and to facilitate a textile cottage industry of handmade crafts.
Sharon Cooper-Murray is a native of Lake City, South Carolina, and a Speech and Drama graduate of Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tennessee. After graduating she traveled for a brief time trying decide where she what area to take up residence. It was then she was invited to Wadmalaw Island, South Carolina a small Sea Island southwest of Charleston and the home of the indigenous group known as the Gullah people. She was fascinated by their creole language and even more intrigued by their culture.
Today, Cooper-Murray is founder and President of Gullah Enna & E Sweet Pan & Ting, a manufacturing organization i.e. cottage industry specializing in Gullah fiber arts & crafts. The organizations philosophy and mission is to increase awareness of the Gullah culture and facilitate understanding of their way of life; language, music, arts and crafts.
Located in Jacksonboro, SC, the ruin of the brick church represents both religious and civic history of St. Bartholomew’s Parish from the Church act of 1706 through today. The Pon Pon chapel was destroyed by fire in 1801, rebuilt in 1819-1822, and abandoned as a regular worship site in the 1830s.
This screening of the documentary “The Burnt Church: An Exploration of Pon Pon Chapel of Ease” will be followed by a conversation with Dr. Sarah Miller and George "Buddy" Wingard.
This event is free and open to the public.
An 1879 map of Walterboro shows the destruction caused by the Cyclone of 1879. An 1898 map of the town shows livery stables, blacksmiths and wheelwright shops instead of auto shops. A 1953 map of the town shows the new sub-division of Forest Hills. Come explore a variety of maps with local historian, Elizabeth Laney, showcasing the history of the town of Walterboro and Colleton County including maps from the 1820’s through 1990’s – a century and a half of maps! Participants will receive copies of several of the maps to take home as well as a list of websites where they can access high quality digital copies of the maps.
This program is great for Adults and Kids, age 10+. Free and open to the public.
Cyrus A. Singleton Jr. was killed by a train the day before he left for college more than 100 years ago. Emma Rivers was crushed by a chimney during the Cyclone of 1879. Both were buried in Live Oak Cemetery after their deaths. Discover the stories behind these tragic deaths and others during a tour of the two sections of Walterboro’s historic Live Oak Cemetery. The tour will also discuss burial practices of more than a century ago as well as the language of tombstones.
The tour is appropriate for Adults and Kids, age 12+.
Closed toed shoes and long pants recommended as some areas of the cemetery might have long grass or storm debris. Hats and water might also be welcome. The tour will last just over an hour.
There will be two tours limited to 20 people each. Tour #1 starts at 1pm. Tour #2 starts at 3pm. Please call 843.549.2303 to register.
Join us for an indigo dyeing workshop and tutorial with artists Leanne Coulter and Rhonda Davis, owners of the Daufuskie Blues Art Gallery. Guests will have the opportunity to hand dye a 60-inch cotton silk scarf in a natural indigo vat, while learning about the properties and various techniques used in the indigo craft. $35 per person. Space is limited to 20 people, call 843.549.2303 to reserve.
Join us for a meet and greet with the rare Marsh Tacky horses of South Carolina. This is a free event and open to the public.
The Marsh Tacky is a unique breed of Colonial Spanish Horse found only in South Carolina and is one of the most endangered horse breeds in the world. They once roamed freely by the hundreds through the South Carolina Sea Islands and Lowcountry but their numbers neared extinction as tractors, trucks, and development took the place of horsepower. Today, there are just over 400 Marsh Tackies left. In 2007, the Carolina Marsh Tacky Association was formed to preserve the breed and share its history. Horse owners and enthusiasts are diligently working to save the breed from extinction. DNA tests have been performed on the remaining horses and a breed registry has been developed by the Livestock Conservancy. In honor of its long history in the state, the Marsh Tacky was named the South Carolina State Heritage Horse in 2010.
Join us as we meet and greet live birds of prey, and learn about their lives and habitats.
Lowcountry Raptors goal is to help the human part of the natural community learn to value, understand, and honor the role of wildlife while preserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Lowcountry.
"This we know: the earth does not belong to us; we belong to the earth. All things are connected like blood which unites one family. Whatever befalls the earth befalls the children of the earth. Humanity does not weave the web of life; we are merely strands in it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves."
- Attributed to Chief Seattle
Lowcountry Raptors was founded in 2012 by Lila Arnold. She has over 20 years in avian rescue, rehabilitation, and education with migratory birds and birds of prey. She currently holds both state and federal permits to possess several non-releasable birds of prey. She has served in the positions of Educational Development Coordinator, Assistant Director, and Executive Director for Wild Bird Rescue in Wichita Falls, Texas. Lowcountry Raptors moved to South Carolina in 2014.
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.
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
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 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.
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!
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!