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Bringing Them Back to Life: The Live Lab

Bringing Them Back to Life is a blog series from The Charleston Museum that provides updates and plans for our Natural History Gallery renovations. We are pleased to report that the Museum recently surpassed the 90% mark in terms of funds needed to create the new Natural History Gallery.  We…

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Storeroom Stories: 42 Star American Flag

November 1889 – July 4, 1890. In keeping with its long-held tradition, the federal government formally added new stars to the flag only on its July 4 Independence Day. However, when the United States officially admitted Washington, Montana, and both Dakotas into the Union in November 1889, bringing the total…

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Killer Fashion

In planning the next exhibition for our Textile Gallery, we thought it would be an interesting idea to look at fashions that not only decimated animal populations but also harmed the makers and wearers of these various fashion statements. Simple concept, right? Yes – and no. I was quickly overwhelmed…

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Storeroom Stories: Miss Saitama, 1927

One of fifty-eight unique dolls created by Japanese master artisans and exhibited here in her travel trunk, Miss Saitama was part of a US-Japan goodwill public relations campaign launched in opposition to the Oriental Exclusion Act of 1924, which disallowed Asian immigrants from seeking United States citizenship. Believing this new…

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Wedding Colors

The popularity of the white wedding dress is credited to Queen Victoria and her extraordinary wedding to Albert of Saxe-Coburg in 1840. The desire to emulate her enchanting bridal regalia crossed the English Channel and the Atlantic Ocean with speed and enthusiasm. An entire wedding etiquette and propriety grew and…

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