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Storeroom Stories: Ring Jug

A certainly odd, albeit eye-catching, form of South Carolina pottery, these alkaline-glazed ring jugs, in fact, did serve a specific purpose for their time. A ceramic canteen of sorts, its doughnut shape played a duel role in not only helping keep the water inside of it cooler, but allowing for…

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A Word from our Director

Happy New Year!  Once again, thank you to all those who so generously gave to our Annual Appeal or our Natural History Gallery renovation project in 2016.  This past year was another active one for America’s First Museum in terms of special exhibits, collections management, programs and extensive planning and…

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Killer Fashion: The Consequences of Corsetry

Corset advertisement from the magazine The Designer, October 1906. Made popular in Europe during the 16th century, the corset is an article of stiffened underclothing made to shape the human torso using a series of stays and lacings.  Corset makers originally used whale baleen (read our blog post Killing for Baleen)…

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Killer Fashion: Killing for Fur and the Consequence of Fur Felting

  Photograph of a woman in a fur coat, taken by M.B. Paine, Charleston photographer, 1930s. The Charleston Museum’s current Textiles exhibit, Killer Fashion: The Consequence of Style, looks at the often tragic side of fashionable dress as it relates to the natural environment and those who wore these garments….

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2016 Joseph Manigault Holiday Decorations

This December The Garden Club of Charleston has again, brought holiday joy into the Joseph Manigault House, by adorning its rooms, hallways and stairways with greenery, feathers, ribbons and more! These spectacular arrangements coincide with this 2016’s theme, “The Nutcracker in Charleston” and will be displayed from December 3 – 27. See photos below…

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