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McKissick Museum notes for October

Permanent Display

“Bernard Baruch Silver Collection”
A collection of the Baruch family silver. Since 1965, through the generosity of the estate of Bernard Mannes Baruch, the University of South Carolina has housed an extensive collection of 18th- and 19th-century British silver. This collection of more than 452 pieces was assembled in the early 20th century by Baruch’s wife, Annie Griffen Baruch.

“Natural Curiosity: USC and the Evolution of Scientific Inquiry into the Natural World”
This natural-environment exhibition explores the process of collecting and displaying natural specimens and artifacts and what they reveal about man’s relationship with, and obligation to, the natural world. “Natural Curiosity” features an impressive array of specimens collected during the university’s past 200 years.


Aug. 8 – Jan. 23 --- “Southern Satire: The Illustrated World of Jak Smyrl.” Jak Smyrl, from Camden, served as the illustrator and artist for The State newspaper from 1949 - 86. During his 37-year career, Smyrl created hundreds of caricatures of leading political and community figures, illustrations for magazine covers, and portraits for The State newspaper and The Columbia Record (a former afternoon newspaper). Smyrl masterfully understood the region in which he lived and connected with readers through personal reflections and an awareness of Southern culture and history (North Gallery, second floor).

Aug. 22 – Jan. 9 --- “The Biennial Department of Art Faculty Exhibition.” McKissick Museum hosts the department of art’s faculty exhibition. This biennial exhibition features works created by art faculty and a wide range of mediums including painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking, digital arts, computer graphics, textiles, drawing and film presentations (South Gallery, second floor).

Aug. 15 – Jan. 16 --- “Urban Archaeology in Columbia, South Carolina.” Archaeology has the task of understanding human behavior through the material remains left behind by past people. It examines the people with and without a written history. This exhibition will present the fundamentals of urban archaeology in South Carolina and how it has been applied at Columbia’s historically significant properties under the stewardship of the Historic Columbia Foundation (third-floor lobby gallery).

Oct. 6 – Nov. 3 --- “Urban Archaeology Lecture Series” Archaeologists and site directors will discuss their excavation projects conducted at the properties maintained by Historic Columbia Foundation. The lectures will be held in room 306 of McKissick Museum on the historic Horseshoe.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, noon
Woodrow Wilson Family Home
Lecturer: Helena Ferguson, master’s candidate, department of anthropology

Tuesday, Oct.13, noon
Mann-Simons African American Cottage
Lecturer: Jakob Crockett, Ph.D. candidate, department of anthropology

Tuesday, Oct. 20, noon
Robert Mills Salvage Archaeology
Lecturer: John Sherrer, director of collections and interpretations, Historic Columbia Foundation

Wednesday, Oct. 28, noon
Seibels Kitchen House
Lecturer: Dr. Terrence Weik, associate professor, department of anthropology

Tuesday, Nov. 3, noon
Hampton-Preston Mansion
Lecturer: Helena Ferguson, master’s candidate, department of anthropology

October – November ---- “Diggin’ History Programs”
The McKissick Museum and Historic Columbia Foundation have partnered to offer an archaeology program for school groups. Centered on the fundamentals of urban archaeology, the program uses the research at the historic sites of Historic Columbia Foundation as its basis. Students first travel to the McKissick Museum, where an archaeologist will go over the basic tools used in the field and then review the panel exhibit on the archaeological dig at the foundation’s sites to acquire context for later hands-on activities. Students travel to the foundation and participate in a series of hands-on activities that educate students on the various aspects of the archaeological digs done at the sites. Students will plan grids that tell archaeologists where to dig. Students will see hundreds of artifacts discovered at the Mann-Simons Cottage. They will also do a pottery refit activity to demonstrate how archaeologists put clues together and tour an excavation site in the Seibels House kitchen. The archaeology program can be adapted to all grade levels and is a great way to incorporate math, science and language skills into one program. Reservations can be made by contacting James Quint, education coordinator at 803-252-1770 ext. 36 or by e-mail at

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