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The following history exhibits are available through the Traveling Exhibits Program. For more information, call 803.898.4959 or email


Featured Exhibits

South Carolina: The Food We Celebrate Traveling ExhibitNEW! South Carolina: The Food We Celebrate

Developed by the State Museum and South Carolina Humanities, this new traveling exhibit celebrates iconic foods from communities around South Carolina. This exhibit tells the story of selected foodways and how they are celebrated and shared.

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Ft. Motte Traveling Exhibit Banner“…make no Doubt we shall carry this post…”:
The History and Archaeology of Fort Motte

This traveling exhibit was developed by the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum and examines the 1781 siege of Fort Motte, as well as the excavation of the site and the artifacts uncovered. Includes panels, reproduction objects for display and hands-on educational objects.

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Pirates Privateers and Buccaneers Traveling ExhibitPirates, Privateers and Buccaneers

This traveling exhibit from the South Carolina State Museum will make patrons avast (that’s stop in pirate lingo) and gasp as the world of pirates comes alive!

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More Traveling Exhibits

A Store at Every Crossroads: Documenting the Stories of
South Carolina’s Jewish Merchants
SC Jewish Merchants Traveling Exhibits at the SC State Museum

In partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina the State Museum is excited to travel “A Store at Every Crossroads: Documenting the Stories of South Carolina’s Jewish Merchants”. This exhibit is part of The Jewish Merchant Project, which documents the merchant experience through a statewide survey, a website featuring an interactive map, illustrated narratives and this very exhibition.

In addition to the traveling exhibit, the Jewish Merchant Project has an ever-growing database of history thanks to scholars and everyday contributors. The Jewish Historical Society of South Carolina has partnered with Historic Columbia and College of Charleston to undertake a state-wide survey of Jewish merchants, past and present. The foundational product of the survey will capture the impact of Jewish businessmen and women on communities, large and small, as well as the networks of family and friends that led Jewish men and women to call this state home.

The database is constantly expanding, and your help is greatly appreciated in submitting information relating to South Carolina’s Jewish Merchants — whether your own family’s history or that of the merchants of your childhood memories. Individuals and institutions alike can contribute to this database by visiting their Contribution web page at

Specs: 8 retractable panels each measuring 3’ x 7’ feet

Security: Low

The American Revolutionary War in South CarolinaTraveling Exhibits at the SC State Museum

South Carolina played a significant role during the American Revolution, where over 200 engagements (battles and skirmishes) took place, more than any other colony during the war. This exhibit highlights major battles that took place in South Carolina, including the Battle of Sullivan’s Island, the Cherokee Attack and the Battle of Cowpens, as well as the role that African Americans and women played in the war.

25 panels at 28” x 32”
Digital press package with photos
Teacher’s resource package which can be used for public programs

Textiles: A History of Innovation and CommunitySC Textile Traveling Exhibit

Sponsored by the Self Family Foundation of Greenwood, the exhibit was designed and fabricated by the South Carolina State Museum. Twenty-one illustrated exhibit panels tell the history of the textile industry in our state. The story begins with a case of industrial espionage! England did not allow textile workers to immigrate to other countries, but Samuel Slater, an English mill worker, told authorities he was a farmer and immigrated to New York in 1789. His memory of mill technology and the skills of mechanic David Wilkinson led to the first successful water powered textile mill in America. The exhibit details mill operations and also describes life in a mill town. The self contained mill communities provided for all worker needs from health care to education to recreation and religious services.

Today, much of the textile industry has relocated overseas but innovations continue to be made right here in South Carolina. Jay Self, president and CEO of the Greenwood Mills reports that his company is currently working on a fabric that kills bacteria. Another South Carolina mill produces material used by NASA to construct astronaut space suits

21 metal framed panels 30” x 40”
Digital press package with photos
Teacher’s resource package containing exhibit tour, student play.
Resource package can be used for public programs

Security: Low
Transportation: Large SUV or van with seats removed.

The Great Charleston Earthquake, 1886Charleston Earthquake

The most destructive earthquake ever recorded in the eastern United States, occurred near Charleston, SC on August 31, 1886. Discover details about the devastation and how rescue efforts were deployed during the 1800’s. The exhibit also teaches how to protect yourself today should an earthquake occur.

The exhibit was developed by the South Carolina State Museum with research, collaboration and assistance from Susan Millar Williams and Stephen G. Hoffius, authors of Upheaval in Charleston: Earthquake and Murder on the Eve of Jim Crow (University of Georgia Press, 2011) and the Emergency Management Division of South Carolina.

The exhibit includes a tour aligned with S.C. education standards for venues wishing to attract school groups and also includes materials for an entertaining tent building project to be used during family or school programs.

15 metal framed exhibit panels 31X 37
1 canvas depiction of St. Philip’s Church 114’ x 85”
1 education package for tent building project
DVD featuring interviews with book authors and local experts on geology and history.
Digital press package with photos

Security: Medium
Transportation: Van with seats removed

521 All-Stars: A Championship Story of Baseball and Community521 Allstars

Based on the 1998 book The 521 All-Stars: A Championship Story of Baseball and Community, this exhibit depicts the game in its purest form: scrap metal base lines, rotten wood bleachers, teams made up of brothers, fathers and sons, and most importantly, fellowship within the community.

Until Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in 1947, major league baseball was the pastime for white players and fans. Segregated and separated, black players were forced to form leagues of their own.

In 1996, author Frye Gaillard was driving north on Route 521 in Sumter County when he discovered a homemade ballpark and stopped to take pictures of the players. He and his partner, photographer Byron Baldwin, spent the next season and a half watching and studying the Gamecock baseball league of Rembert, S.C. The teams are comprised only of African-Americans.

6 metal framed photographs 18.5” x 37.5”
33 metal framed photographs 24.5” x 20.5”
3 metal framed photographs 16” x 20.5”
2 text panels
1 metal 521 road sign
Space Requirements: 100 linear feet

Security: low
Transportation requirements: Cargo van with no seats

Chapters in South Carolina History: Colonial Lifecolonial-life

Imagine leaving your home to start life in an unfamiliar place. That’s just what Europeans did during the colonial period. This exhibit helps you experience how challenging life was for them. You will get the chance to compare colonial life whether it was in the rural backcountry or the high society of Charles Towne.

31 exhibit panels 28″ x 32″
Security: Moderate
Transportation requirements: Van with no seats

The First South Carolinians: The Life and Times of the First Cultures in the
Palmetto State
SC Native Americans

How was life different for the First South Carolinians? For more than 10,000 years, South Carolina has been inhabited. These First South Carolinians organized their societies, establishing tows and working the land. This exhibit will draw you into their lives before Europeans came with disease, war and slavery.

Specs: 27 exhibit 28” x 32” panels
Security: Moderate
Transportation Requirements: Cargo van

The Palmetto Regiment and the Mexican War, 1846-1917SC in the Mexican War

Chasing what was considered “Manifest Destiny”, the United States declared war on Mexico in 1846. The call for volunteers was answered by the Palmetto Regiment from South Carolina. After two years of long marches, disease and battles interspersed with long periods of boredom, the Palmetto Regiment returned home, reduced in numbers but welcomed as heroes.

Specs: 21 exhibit panels (sizes range from 42” x 30” to 17” x 30)
Security: Moderate
Transportation Requirements: Van with no seats