In honor of Armed Forces Day, we present a uniform from each branch of military service. The Army uniform was worn by Warren Ripley of Charleston during World War II. He served as a second lieutenant with the Army Field Artillery and with the Army Reserve until 1963. The Marine Corps selection is a uniform worn by Susan Corbett, a corporal in the quartermaster’s department, stationed in Charleston during the war.
For the Navy, we offer a Navy Air Force uniform worn by Lt. jg. Cornelius I. D. Wise, Jr. of Sumter, SC. The Air Force selection is an Army Air Corps uniform worn by Corporal Abe Schwartz of Charleston during World War II. And for the Coast Guard, we present a SPAR uniform, worn by Betty Jean Wolf of Michigan, who was stationed in Charleston during the war.
These and many more military uniforms will be on exhibit from June 26, 2015 – January 10, 2016 in our Historic Textiles Gallery. On Parade, Into Battle will feature uniforms and accoutrements from the American Revolution to the present.
In the Museum’s Armory, see excellent examples of historic weaponry, dating from 1750 to the twentieth century, with uses that ranged from military to more personal applications such as hunting and dueling.
In the Lowcountry History Hall, see materials relating to the Native Americans who first inhabited the Lowcountry and the African American and European settlers who transformed the region into an agricultural empire.
In the Natural History gallery you will see an extraordinary array of birds, reptiles and mammals that have called the South Carolina Lowcountry home since prehistory, including contributions from noted naturalists.