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College of Education

Fortieth Anniversary of the Museum of Education

The Museum of Education celebrated its 40th anniversary on September 29, 2017 with the first public display of President Barack Obama's letter and signed photograph (of the Presidential Letters Collection) and the opening Museum's 40th Anniversary Exhibition.

During the past 40 years the Museum of Education has served as an archives, assisting researchers from throughout the United States and Europe, and has exhibited important documents and scheduled significant programs to help educators better understand the forces and factors that influence education in contemporary society. 

Originally housed in the McKissick building in what was then conceived as “McKissick Museums,” a collection of four museums, the Museum of Education moved to Wardlaw Hall in 1984 where it would expand its mission by developing a more interpretive, critical voice and an active sense of social agency for the understanding of history of education in South Carolina and the Southeast. By its second decade, after establishing itself as a leading archives for material culture related to the field of South Carolina education, the Museum continued its state and regional focus while expanding its acquisition program to focus on 1930s and 1940s educational life, elementary-postsecondary, throughout the United States.