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Dear Friends,

In the 1940s, a young boy sitting in his elementary school classroom in Lancaster, South Carolina, dreamed of flight, doodling on his math assignment. Those dreams became a reality when Charles Duke became the youngest astronaut to walk on the moon during the Apollo 16 mission on April 21, 1972.

This Spring the South Carolina State Museum is honored to mark the 50th anniversary of Duke’s historic moonwalk with a new exhibition, Apollo 16 & Beyond: South Carolina in Space, featuring objects from the lunar mission, including a flight suit worn by Duke. Guests can explore the Apollo astronaut’s path to join the space program and his experience on the Moon, as well as discover the achievements of South Carolina scientists and other individuals who helped advance aerospace research and exploration.

As a repository for important artifacts like those featured in this new exhibition, the State Museum considers it a great privilege and responsibility to both care for these items and use them in developing engaging exhibitions and educational programs to inspire our next generation of space explorers to reach for the stars. Currently, the museum has more than 800,000 objects, specimens and artwork in its collection which represent the history, culture and natural history of South Carolina. Through collecting, preserving, and displaying these pieces, the museum is able to highlight important stories about our state’s past to inform the present and make a better future, together.

Over the next five years, the State Museum is embarking on an ambitious initiative to Reimagine the Experience you have with us. This includes the renovation of 150,000 square feet of permanent exhibition space, creating an opportunity for the museum to expand the scope of the stories we currently tell, and feature more objects from our collection for guests to see when they visit. In addition to displaying more of our collection on-site, the museum will also make its collection and related educational resources available to the public through a new online website and collections database.

You can help the museum achieve these goals by making a donation to the South Carolina State Museum Foundation’s Spring 2022 Annual Fund Campaign. Your support enables the Foundation to assist the State Museum in funding future educational programs, exhibitions, collections acquisitions and major projects, including Reimagine the Experience.

As always, we are grateful for your continued support. We hope to see you at YOUR State Museum again soon and invite you to join us in celebrating the Apollo 16 Mission’s 50th anniversary this Spring!
With gratitude,

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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