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Upcoming Events

New Exhibitions

Curated especially for Kennesaw State University’s Year of Cuba, and sponsored by a generous grant from the Breman Foundation of Atlanta, Georgia, The Tragedy of the St. Louis tells the story of more than 900 Jewish refugees who departed Germany in May 1939 hoping to wait safely in Cuba until their U.S. visas were approved. Visitors to this 8-panel bilingual (English and Spanish) traveling exhibit will learn what happened when the Cuban government refused to let the M.S. St. Louis land in Havana. They will also have the opportunity to follow the story of one family whose desire to escape Nazi Germany sent them on a journey that included Cuba, England, the Netherlands, Poland, New York, and ultimately Kennesaw, Georgia.

The Tuskegee Airmen explores the history and heroism of the first African American pilots to fly in combat during World War II. Between 1941 and 1946, what became known as the “Tuskegee experiment” trained more than 1,000 pilots. Although required to train and fight in segregated units, the Tuskegee Airmen proved to be some of the most skilled aviators during the war.

The undeniable courage and skill of these brave pilots contributed to the desegregation of the United States Armed Forces in 1948. This exhibit offers a look into the historical challenges and triumphs of these unsung American heroes.

Classes and Workshops

IMPORTANT COVID ANNOUNCEMENT: All upcoming programs are contingent on public accessibility during this time. Workshops have been modified to protect students and staff from COVID-19. Our guests health and safety are important to us. The following measures are in place during all workshops and classes:
Registration is limited to 10 students.
Workshop to take place either outside or in large Multipurpose Room spaced to accommodate social distancing.
Seating spaced 6+ feet apart.
Each student will have dedicated supplies, none shared.
Increased emphasis on hand washing.
All surfaces and supplies disinfected before use.
Staff will wear masks when in close contact with students.
If students bring drinks only one time use containers are allowed and the container should
have the student’s name written on it.
Click the link below to go to the Sumter County Museum’s General Health and Safety Guidelines:

Watercolor Workshop Inspired by the art of Mark Catesby

Mark Catesby was an English naturalist who studied flora and fauna in the New World. Between 1729 and 1747 Catesby published his Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands. It included 220 plates of birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, insects, mammals and plants all drawn and painted by Catesby.
Join Amanda Cox, Education and Visitor Services Manager for a watercolor class inspired from Catesby’s Natural History reference book. Each student will pick their own beautiful Catesby print from a selection. You will learn a beginner’s “trick” to get your dimensions just right, how to mix your paint to get vivid colors instead of muddy mixtures, and simple watercolor techniques like wet on wet. This would make a wonderful Valentine’s gift to paint and give to your sweetheart or even better, make it a date. Ages 18+. All materials included. Limit of 10 students.

Saturday, February 13th from 1 pm to 4 pm, $30 Public, $25 Members

We are happy to take your payment and registration over the phone at 803-775-0908 or stop by the Williams-Brice House Thursdays-Fridays, 10am to 5pm
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Pottery Workshop: How to Make a Smartphone Speaker

Pottery is a pre-historic skill used by people in every corner of the world. Many traditions still practiced today are simple in nature and use hand-building. We will learn traditional hand-building using local clay from Bethune, SC. These skills are then used to make monster heads – similar to a face jug – that are also a speaker for a smartphone! Underglazes are used to paint the clay. This workshop includes materials and firings. Student work may be picked up 2 weeks after the original date of the workshop during the Museum’s regular hours of operation in the Williams-Brice House. Ages 8-13. Limited to 10 students. All materials and firings included.

Saturday, February 27th from 1 pm to 4 pm, $30 Public, $25 Members

We are happy to take your payment and registration over the phone at 803-775-0908 or stop by the Williams-Brice House Thursdays-Fridays, 10am to 5pm
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Volunteers, Education, Events, Exhibits and more

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Please help us continue our mission and become a Friend of the Museum…

We understand this has been a difficult year for everyone, and we greatly appreciate your continued support of the Museum. We are in uncharted waters. COVID-19 is present nearly everywhere, and our community is no exception. The Sumter County Museum has an important role to play by continuing to best serve our community in unique and thoughtful ways.

We hope that you have had the chance to participate in some of the Museum’s online efforts, including our live book chats with New York Times bestselling authors, demonstrations of early 19th century crafts and skills, free painting workshops, watched our new series “From the Collection with Charles Broadwell,” and our new digital Scavenger Hunt in our Carolina Backcountry Homestead. Maybe you’ve attended some of our socially-distanced events, like our popular Wreath Workshops and Backcountry Living History days.

Membership Options

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Sumter County Museum Staff

Annie Rivers, Executive Director arivers@sumtercountymuseum.org

Amanda Cox, Education and Visitor Services Manager acox@sumtercountymuseum.org

Charles Broadwell, Curator of Collections cbroadwell@sumtercountymuseum.org

Diana Roof, Temple Sinai Jewish History Center Site Manager dianasue@sc.rr.com

Deborah Watts, Carolina Backcountry Manager information@sumtercountymuseum.org

Josh Brown, Grounds Keeping information@sumtercountymuseum.org



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Williams Brice House
122 N. Washington St.
Sumter, SC 29150

Thursdays 10am to 5pm
Fridays 10am to 5pm
Saturdays 10am to 5pm

Temple Sinai Jewish History Center
11 Church St.
Sumter, SC 29150

Thursdays 1pm to 4pm
Fridays 1pm to 4pm
Saturdays 10am to1pm