In celebration of the 250th anniversary of its founding in 1773, The Charleston Museum is pleased to announce the release of a special commemorative volume, published by the University of South Carolina Press, entitled The Charleston Museum: America’s First Museum. Authored by Director Carl P. Borick, with contributions from Museum curatorial staff, this work features a history of the Museum, overviews of each of its collections, sections on the Heyward-Washington House, Joseph Manigault House and the Dill Sanctuary, along with beautiful photographs of nearly one hundred objects from the Museum’s impressive collections in archaeology, natural history, archived materials, decorative arts, weaponry, and historic textiles.
On October 13 at 6:00 pm, The Charleston Museum invites the community to share in the excitement of the upcoming momentous anniversary for America’s first museum with the official launch event for this celebratory publication. This special event is FREE and open to the public (registration is recommended). The evening will begin in the Museum’s Arthur M. Wilcox Auditorium with a presentation, followed by a brief Q&A segment. Afterwards, a light reception will be held in the main lobby with books available for purchase. Mr. Borick and other contributors will be on hand during the event to sign books.
About the Book:
Published in 2022 by the University of South Carolina Press, The Charleston Museum: America’s First Museum, is available for purchase at the Museum stores located at the Museum, Heyward-Washington House and online for $34.99.
About the Author and Contributors:
Carl P. Borick, Director of The Charleston Museum, is the author of A Gallant Defense: The Siege of Charleston, 1780 and Relieve Us of This Burthen: American Prisoners of War in the Revolutionary South, 1780-1782.
Jennifer McCormick, Chief of Collections and Archivist
Martha Zierden, Curator of Historic Archaeology
Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History
Virginia Theerman, Curator of Historic Textiles