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BOOK SIGNINGS AND EVENTS
Midlands Gives, ONLINE GIVING DAY- Tuesday, May 4th, 6:00am to 10:00pm
We look forward to this event every year! It gives so many non-profits an infusion of support they would not normally have fundraising as a single entity. Each year we have a plan of how we will use the funds raised from Midlands Gives. This year we are focusing on changes and equipment needed for guests to enjoy our outdoor spaces in a wider variety of ways.
We plan to purchase outdoor equipment such as picnic tables and tents to provide safe, fresh air programs and events. We are incredibly lucky to have several large outdoor spaces that enable us to host in-person, smaller versions of our tri-annual Carolina Backcountry living history days, which have brought in thousands of visitors over the years and is just one of many free events we offer. We see in the community a need for safe recreation. The Museum has such large outdoor areas we want to utilize these green spaces much more while encouraging our guests to visit and enjoy the beautiful grounds.
Besides the Carolina Backcountry Homestead, the museum features the spacious Martha Brice Gardens, originally landscaped by Robert Marvin in the 1960s. This historic and beautiful area provides a safe setting to host additional socially distanced educational programming in fresh air. We also want guests to enjoy our grounds even when the buildings are not open. We leave the grounds open when the Museum is closed so people have an opportunity to enjoy these beautiful spaces even if our hours of operation don't fit their busy schedules.
Matching Sponsors!: Special thanks to Sumter Utilities and Black River Electric Cooperative for each providing a $500 match, allowing the museum to advertise a $1 for $1 match up to $1,000! This means a donor’s $10 donation is really $20. A $100 is really $200! Check out our giving page here: https://www.midlandsgives.org/sumtercountymuseum
Talk and Book Signing with author Mary Alice Monroe for her latest novel The Summer of Lost and Found
The nationally bestselling Beach House series returns with this tender and compassionate novel following the historic Rutledge family of Charleston, South Carolina as they face a summer of upheaval and change with perseverance, a spirit of unity, and a dose of humor.
The coming of Spring usually means renewal, but for Linnea Rutledge, Spring 2020 threatens stagnation. Linnea faces another layoff, this time from the aquarium she adores. For her—and her family—finances, emotions, and health teeter at the brink. To complicate matters, her new love interest, Gordon, struggles to return to the Isle of Palms from England. Meanwhile, her old flame, John, turns up from California and is quarantining next door. She tries to ignore him, but when he sends her plaintive notes in the form of paper airplanes, old sparks ignite. When Gordon at last reaches the island, Linnea wonders—is it possible to love two men at the same time?
Love in the time of coronavirus proves challenging, at times humorous, and ever changing. Relationships are redefined, friendships made and broken, and marriages tested. As the weeks turn to months, and another sea turtle season comes to a close, Linnea discovers there are more meaningful lessons learned during this summer than opportunities lost, that summer is a time of wonder, and that the exotic lives in our own back yards. In The Summer of Lost and Found, Linnea and the Rutledge family continue to face their challenges with the strength, faith, and commitment that has inspired readers for decades.
In The Summer of Lost and Found, Mary Alice Monroe once again delves into the complexities of family relationships and brings her signature “sensitive and true” (Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author) storytelling to this poignant and timely novel of love, courage, and resilience.
McKenzie Hall, Tuesday, May 18th, 5:00 pm, $30 Members, $35 Public
*includes a hardback copy of the book
*light refreshments will be served
*registration is required
Talk and Book Signing with Susan Cushman for the novel John and Mary Margaret
McKenzie Hall, June, 8th, 2021 5:30 pm, Free and open to the public
*copies of the book will be available for sale
*light refreshments will be served
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
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.
SUMTER COUNTY MUSEUM STAFF
Annie Rivers, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org
Amanda Cox, Education and Visitor Services Manager email@example.com
Charles Broadwell, Curator of Collections firstname.lastname@example.org
Diana Roof, Temple Sinai Jewish History Center Site Manager email@example.com
Deborah Watts, Carolina Backcountry Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
Josh Brown, Grounds Keeping email@example.com
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