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Dear State Museum Friend,

2020 has certainly been a history-making year – and like history, it has had both its high points and challenges for all of us. You have probably heard about SCSM’s challenges (decreased attendance and revenue, cancellations of some of our signature programs…), but as we close out the year, I’d like to take a moment to share a few of our highlights.

The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers has been our number one priority this year. Working closely with local health officials, we quickly put safety measures in place including limits on attendance and theater capacities, deep cleaning of our exhibition and educational spaces, and updating our program formats. Since the beginning of the pandemic, our talented SCSM team has created scores of new virtual programing opportunities to support teachers, students and parents adjusting to online learning. Virtual programs such as our weekly “Telescope Livestream” and “Virtual Trivia Nights” have given thousands of weekly viewers from around the state and beyond interactive access to all the museum has to offer from the comfort of their living rooms.

Our collections team has also been hard at work, producing eight new exhibitions acquiring 2,100 objects and 300,000 specimens to add to the state collections that we hold in trust for South Carolina and the nation. Part of our new collecting work documented the many ways in which businesses, universities and volunteers in South Carolina joined together to produced Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to fight Covid-19. And through a generous grant from the Institute for Museums and Library Services (IMLS), we are digitizing our collections so everyone can access our content from wherever they are. This year we completed digitization of our 4000+ art collection and will continue this important work focused on our cultural history collections this coming year.

We’re looking to build on these successes in 2021 but need your help. It is important to us that we continue to engage with our community and provide content that entertains, inspires imagination and creativity, and enriches the lives of those around us.

If you can support the South Carolina State Museum at this time, know that your donation goes towards helping us create virtual content for our students and teachers, safe programming for our audiences, and exceptional stewardship of the history and culture that we house within our walls.

Thank you again for helping us to continue to move forward, sharing the diverse stories of South Carolina and serving as a catalyst for the cultural and educational development of our State.

Amy Bartow-Melia
Executive Director, SC State Museum


P.S. Please remember that donations to the South Carolina Museum Foundation Annual Fund are 100% tax deductible. Thank you! To make your donation click below to donate online, call (803) 898-4935 or mail a check to the State Museum Foundation, 301 Gervais St., Rear, Columbia, S.C., 29201.

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