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Not Just Turkey

The Heyward-Washington kitchen is the setting for this image by Terry Richardson that captures Charleston’s bountiful coast.  The remains of many of the foods shown here were retrieved from the cellar of the Heyward kitchen. In 1851, the South Carolina Society for the Improvement of Domestic Poultry held its first…

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Storeroom Stories: Election Day

PAST EXHIBIT Although the Federal government had electoral guidelines in place by the early 1790s, there remained no decided upon single date on which the country held its national elections. Thus, most states held their elections randomly between the thirty days of November and the first four days of December….

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Blood Spillers

Scarificators with brass casings, 1825-1845. Multi-bladed tools with adjustable penetration depth, each blade springs forward simultaneously at the depression of the side-mounted release button. Feeling a touch queasy this Halloween? Probably the candy…or maybe too much fetid blood coursing around your insides. Whatever it is, just be glad you can…

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Storeroom Stories: Taino pottery

PAST EXHIBIT To commemorate International Archaeology Day, October 17, The Charleston Museum presents a collection of Taino pottery from Isle of Cabrit, in Haiti on the Island of Hispaniola. When Christopher Columbus encountered the Americas in Hispaniola, he met the Taino. Taino culture was fully established in the Greater Antilles…

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Making it Happen – Transported: Charleston Street Scenes, 1860s-1960s

PAST EXHIBIT Have you ever wondered how an exhibit is created? Installing an exhibit takes months of planning and decision making. Decisions for a specific theme or subject have to be made, a design has to be formulated, a title has to be created, dates have to be worked out…

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