Covid-19 Update

EFFECTIVE MAY 3, 2022: The Museum follows CDC guidelines with respect to mask wearing. Charleston County's Covid-19 community level is currently listed as low. Masks are not required while visiting Museum sites.

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Storeroom Stories: Coprolites

PAST EXHIBIT Coprolite is the scientific term assigned to fossilized animal droppings. Just like any other fossil, all of the organic material has been completely replaced by minerals over millions of years buried in layers of sediment. Coprolites fall within a category of fossils known as trace fossils. Trace fossils…

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Armed Forces Day – May 16, 2015

PAST EXHIBIT 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….

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Fashion and Function: Bonnets

PAST EXHIBIT Long before we knew the dangers of sun exposure and skin cancer, women were intent on protecting their fair skin from the ravages of sunlight and keeping their complexion fair. It was not fashionable in the mid 19th century, and indeed until the 1920s, for a woman of…

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Storeroom Stories: Lusitania Medal

Fashion and Function: Bonnets   On May 7, 1915, a German submarine torpedoed and sank the British-built luxury liner Lusitania killing more than 1,100 civilian passengers. Claiming the ship was carrying weapons for World War I’s allied forces and was therefore justified in destroying it, German sculptor Karl Goetz set…

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Storeroom Stories: Souvenir spoon and machine dies

Fashion and Function: Bonnets Souvenir spoon and machine dies James Allan & Company Charleston, 1900-1905 On April 14, 1865, four years to the day after surrendering Fort Sumter to the Confederacy, Union General Robert Anderson was back in Charleston reclaiming what was left of it for the United States. For…

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