The Charleston Museum – March Newsletter

Every Sunday during the month of March, The Joseph Manigault House will hold a special Women’s History Tour at 2:00 pm.

March 7 – Kid Tours: Toys through Time, 3:30 pm.

March 9 – Conversations with a Curator: Rice Plantations and Archaeology with Curator of Historical Archaeology Martha Zierden, 10:30 am.

March 10* – Calligraphy for Beginners Workshop, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

March 10*Intermediate Calligraphy Workshop, 1:00 am – 3:00 pm.

March 14*Toddler Day: Shamrocks and Rainbows, 10:00 am – 11:00 am.

March 15 The Entrepreneurial Artist: John James Audubon in the Lowcountry lecture by Ron Roth of the South Carolina Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau, 6:00 pm.

March 16*Home School History Day: What is it? Analyzing Artifacts, 10:00 am – 11:00 am.

March 24 – Family Fun Event: Easter Eggstravaganza, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.

March 24* – Identifying Ceramics at the Dill Sanctuary, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm.

March 26 – Europe’s Ice Age Beasts lecture by Jan Freedman, 6:00 pm.

March 28* Toddler Day: Bunny Ears, 10:00 am – 11:00 am.

March 29 – Book talk and signing with Natasha Boyd, author of The Indigo Girl, 6:00 pm.

*Indicates that reservations are required; fees may apply to these programs.

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Beginner and Intermediate Calligraphy Workshops

March 10, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

On Saturday, March 10, explore the classic art of calligraphy at The Charleston Museum! Instructor Leaha Gathings of Loco Calligraphy will teach Calligraphy for Beginners from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and Intermediate Calligraphy from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Sign up for one class or both. All materials will be provided.

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Don’t Miss

Identifying Ceramics 

at the Dill Sanctuary

March 24, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Join Museum Archaeologist Ron Anthony at the Dill Sanctuary on James Island for a lesson in how to identify various colonial and antebellum ceramics commonly recovered through archaeology in this region.  From enslaved people to artisans to planters, European and European-American ceramics served a vital role in everyday life from the 16th through 19th centuries.  In this program, participants will learn to distinguish between earthenware, stoneware, and porcelain, as well as several varieties within each type. Join us for this exclusive experience at the Dill Sanctuary!

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Camp Registration Open

Looking for spring break or summer camps for your kids? We’ve got you covered. From outdoor adventuring to prehistoric Charleston to engineering, our camps have topics to interest everyone!

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Staff News

In January, Chief of Education Stephanie Thomas was selected to take part in a week-long workshop put on by Southeastern Museum Conference, the National Association for Interpretation, and the Smithsonian’s National African American Museum of History and Culture. Out of 50 applicants for the workshop, only 14 were chosen. During this immersive program, participants explored ways to improve the interpretation of the African Diaspora and African American life, art, history, and culture in their educational programming. Stephanie will be able to apply what she learned to both school programs at The Charleston Museum and the interpretation of the Museum’s historic houses.

The Museum is proud to announce that Curator of Historical Archaeology, Martha Zierden, has been awarded the 2018 Albert Simons Medal of Excellence by the College of Charleston. The Albert Simon’s Medal of Excellence was established to honor qualified individuals who have excelled in one or more of the areas in which Albert Simons excelled, including civic design, architectural design, historic preservation and urban planning. This award recognizes the extensive contribution that Martha has made to the preservation and understanding of Charleston through over 35 years of archaeological research conducted in the city. Congratulations, Martha!

Storeroom Stories

Sound of Sickness

Feeling a bit woozy? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this year’s flu season is of “high severity.” It’s therefore safe to assume that more than a few of our friends and neighbors have had some form of a stethoscope stuck to their chest within the last few months.

Although physicians have for centuries understood the heart and lungs (and the sounds that each makes) to be quintessential details in evaluating a person’s health, the first stethoscopes do not appear in America until the early nineteenth century. Before then, doctors practiced what was called “immediate auscultation,” a scientific-sounding technique to be sure, but one that, in reality, was simply sticking one’s ear up against a patient’s chest.

Read the rest of the blog post online, and come check out the latest Storeroom Story exhibit at the Museum!

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Our Blog 

Animal Bones and Charleston’s Beef Market

A most interesting newspaper article recently circulated on social media made for entertaining and enlightening reading on a rainy afternoon:

Considerable excitement was caused on Upper King Street this afternoon by the stampede of a herd of cows which soon included several horses hitched to wagons in the street, and for a time, the whole thoroughfare was on the move.  Not only did the street itself seem to be moving, but with the wild animals invading several of the stores, things were lively within as well as without, and it is understood that no small damage was done before the wild animals were all herded out of the stores and again started for the slaughter pen to which it is understood that the cows were destined before they took fright.

The entertaining aspect of the story is clear enough.  The enlightening part is this: the incident took place in 1911!  Cattle were trailed to market, entering the city along the King Street (the Broad Path) from the earliest days of the colony. That such drives continued into the early 20th century surprises many, reminding us how far we have come from our agrarian roots in a relatively short time.

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Save the Date

Conversations With a Curator

Conversations with a Curator programs allow visitors a chance to have an intimate look at an exhibit in The Charleston Museum, hear stories, ask questions and spark conversations. The Museum’s collections are both extraordinary and diverse, and each Curator-led talk and tour allows participants to immerse themselves in different areas of Charleston’s history. These programs begin at 10:30 am and are typically held on the second Friday of each month.

All Conversations with a Curator programs are open to the public and free with admission and free for Members.

The schedule for upcoming Conversations with a Curator Programs is as follows:

March 9

Rice Plantations and Archaeology with Curator of Historical Archaeology

Martha Zierden

April 13

Egyptian Funerary Objects with Museum Archaeologist Ron Anthony

May 11

The Oligocene in South Carolina with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

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