Time & Location
May 24, 2023, 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM
About the event
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May 24 (Zoom) – The Charleston Museum, Jennifer McCormick, Chief of Collections. The museum is the nation’s first museum. It was founded in 1773 which means that this year it is celebrating its 250th anniversary. A recent Post and Courier article points out that the museum has 2,500,000 items, but only about 6,000 are on display at any given time. That means that the remaining 2,494,000 are hidden from view and show up on display only periodically. Some, like eggs and dolls, are too fragile to display. Some clothing will deteriorate if displayed under ultraviolet light. Others like walking sticks, weapons of all types, and musical instruments are too numerous to display. But scholars doing research on native American communities, paleontologists interested in giant sloths, or historians studying the antebellum South will visit the museum seeking out artifacts relative to their study and that research adds to our collective knowledge of bygone days. If this presentation by Jen piques our interest the museum has a behind-the-scenes tour which may be of interest to us.
Required reading: https://www.charlestonmuseum.org/