This week at the Charleston Museum!

CHARLESTON, S.C. (Lowcountry Weekend) - If you need a fun activity this week, consider checking out one of these great events at the Charleston Museum!

Homeschool History Day: Eliza Lucas Pinckney

  • May 18
  • 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Learn all about Eliza Lucas Pinckney and her role in bringing indigo to South Carolina. Use indigo dye to create your own tie-dyed masterpiece! Enjoy a rare opportunity to see Eliza Lucas Pinckney’s dress and personal items as they are displayed for a limited time. Homeschool History Day programs feature a field trip experience, a chance to go through the Museum, and an educational activity.
  • $5 for Museum Member Students | $10 for Non-Member Students
  • Free for Museum Member Adults | $12 for Non-Member Adults
  • For more information: call 843-722-2996 ext. 236

Special 250th Early Days Gallery Tour with Curator of Natural History Matthew Gibson

  • May 18
  • 3:30 p.m.
  • Celebrate the Charleston Museum’s 250th anniversary with a tour of the Museum’s earliest collections in the Early Days gallery, which reflects the Museum’s long history from its founding before the American Revolution to the late twentieth century. Following the tour of Early Days, guests will be led through the Museum’s special exhibit America’s First Museum: 250 Years of Collecting, Preserving, and Educating, Part 1, highlighting objects from ancient Rome, a Chief’s helmet from the Sandwich Islands acquired in 1798 and Japanese Samurai armor. Join Curator of natural History, Matthew Gibson, for the story of the Museum’s institutional history and take a closer look at some of its earliest objects that have fascinated the public for years.
  • This program is FREE for Members and FREE with admission. Reservations preferred.

Fossil Friday with the Natural History Department

  • May 19
  • 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History, or Jessie Peragine, Natural History Curatorial Assistant, on Fridays from 3:30 – 4:30 PM in the Bunting Natural History Gallery lab. They will be on hand to share projects currently being worked on and to help identify your fossil finds.
  • FREE for Members and FREE with admission to The Charleston Museum.

Sweetgrass Basket Weaving Workshop

  • May 20
  • 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Join local artisan Sarah Edwards-Hammond for in-depth instruction on sweetgrass basketry which has been an integral part of the Lowcountry’s Gullah Geechee community since the 17th century. Edwards-Hammond comes from a long line of basket makers and has passed down the tradition to her family and others in the community. She will share a brief history of the artisanal craft of basket making. Participants will then spend the remainder of the class making their own basket guided by Edwards-Hammond. Come learn about an extraordinary craft that has been a staple of culture, art, and history in Charleston for centuries. All materials and instruction will be provided.
  • Space is limited. Reservations required.
  • $75 Museum Members | $105 Non-Members
  • Register online or call 843.722.2996 ext. 235

Screen Printing Clay Resist & Indigo Workshop

  • May 21
  • 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • In this workshop participants will learn how to combine screen printing using a clay paste and indigo. Charleston fiber artist Kristy Bishop will demo how to make the clay paste, pulling a print with a silk screen, and dipping dried resist prints into indigo. The rich shades of indigo blue contrast beautifully with the white patterns left behind by the clay. Participants will have the opportunity to create their own stencils as well as use pre-burned screens to print multiples on a variety of fabrics. Clay resist is a wonderful technique that can be applied to printing on clothing, artwork, tote bags, and household goods. Participants will walk away from this workshop with their own stencils, a variety of dyed prints on fabric, and a printed cotton bandana as well as personal items brought to the workshop.
  • All materials, instruction and admission to the Dill Sanctuary will be provided in this workshop.
  • Reservations required.
  • $120 Museum Members | $150 Non-Members
  • Register online or call 843.722.2996 ext. 235

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