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Storeroom Stories: Back to School!

Various children’s written educational materials from The Charleston Museum’s archives: Writing Book, c. 1880s Writing book used by Harriet Lowndes Rhett (1872-1935) to practice her penmanship. Plantation Ledger and Receipt Book, 1804-1852 A ledger and receipt book kept by George Lynes for Harry Hill Plantation, refurbished by his son, Richard…

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The 2015 Archaeological Field School

Museum archaeologists joined Dr. Barbara Borg and 14 College of Charleston students for our 7-week archaeological field school this summer. Along the way, we excavated at two Museum properties and worked with colleagues and sister organizations at several others. The summer began with two weeks of testing at the plantation…

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Storeroom Stories: Needlework Sampler, 1813

Made by Jane Eliza Taylor at age 9, this schoolgirl sampler is hand-worked on linen with two-ply silk thread. Stitches include cross, square, and eyelet. There is a small alphabet in capital and lower case letters in alternating colors and a larger alphabet in capital letters. There are three verses:…

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On Parade, Into Battle: Women’s Uniforms

Included in our new exhibit, On Parade, Into Battle, is a selection of uniforms relating to the history of women in the military. Today, a woman can enter any branch of service and perform any duty, short of combat. However, this has not always been true. Women were first officially…

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Fashion Flashback: Similarities Between Dresses in 1920s and 1960s

In our current exhibition of Fashion Flashback: 1920s – 1960s, one thing that stands out to me is the amazing similarity of the 1920s and 1960s dresses. Both decades were heavily influenced by the younger generation, more outspoken and vibrant than perhaps in any other times. The 1920s, on the…

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