The Charleston Museum Commemorates 250th Anniversary with Special Keynote Speaker

The Charleston Museum

On January 12, 1773, members of the Charleston Library Society founded America’s first museum, which would evolve over time to become The Charleston Museum. 

Although established to examine the “natural history” of South Carolina, its focus soon took on a more cosmopolitan nature and its collections included significant objects from around the world. Although it still exhibits objects from its early collections, beginning in 1983, the Museum devoted its mission specifically to the natural and cultural history of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Today the Museum’s collections, which includes over 2.4 million objects, are unmatched in their interpretive value to Lowcountry South Carolina history. The Charleston Museum will commemorate its 250th milestone anniversary with a special celebration on January 12, 2023.

This event is FREE and open to the public with registration.  The evening will begin in the Arthur M. Wilcox Auditorium with remarks from Carl Borick, director of The Charleston Museum; followed by a special keynote speaker, Anthea M. Hartig, director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, and a celebratory reception in the main lobby, which will feature a special anniversary craft beer, 1773 Anniversary Ale, proudly brewed by Holy City Brewery, along with other libations and refreshments.

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