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A False-Toothed Giant

Pelagornis sandersi, a giant bird that was discovered from an excavation at the Charleston Airport. Pelagornis belongs to a group of birds known as pseudodontorns, or false-toothed birds. This relates to the toothy structures on Pelagornis’ beak. Although they appear to be teeth, and serve the same function, they are…

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A Legacy in Silk: Eliza Lucas Pinckney’s Robe à la Française

Robe à la française gown, c. 1753, worn by Eliza Lucas Pinckney. Gift of Katherine Felder Stewart 1900-1984. HT 604a-b. The Charleston Museum is spending our 250th anniversary looking back to our founding in 1773, so we can better understand our role as America’s First Museum as we move forward…

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Adopt-an-Audubon Plate

The name Audubon is synonymous with conservation. Honoring this legacy, the Feel Guide exhibition was created to spotlight the fragile state of John James Audubon’s Birds of America held in the Museum’s archives. The Charleston Museum is excited to announce our Adopt-an-Audubon Plate Program, in which plates from Volume I of…

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Charleston Bricks and Fingerprints of the Enslaved

Once you see them, you can’t not see them. That is the case with fingerprints preserved in locally produced bricks, a signature of the people who made them from local clay, for houses, storefronts, and fortifications.  Still other skilled artisans, often enslaved, constructed the houses, storefronts, and fortifications of Charleston…

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The Founding of America’s First Museum

This is an exciting month for The Charleston Museum as January 12 marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of a “museum,” that would eventually become the wonderful institution we know today. Comprised of some of the leading learned men of the colony of South Carolina, the Charlestown Library Society…

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