Reception for Glimpses Into the Past: Postcards of Sumter Exhibit and New Mural

In celebration of our newly painted Greetings from Sumter County Museum mural, we've installed a new exhibit highlighting over fifty postcards from the museum collection.

These include images of Main Street, city landmarks, schools, houses of worship, restaurants, hotels, businesses, and other scenes of Sumter. Join us to view the exhibit located in McKenzie Hall on Thursday, July 29th for a drop-in reception from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

We'll also be celebrating our new mural painted by artist Christopher Johnson as part of the Sumter County Cultural Center's Creative Canvas Project. Refreshments will be served. This event is free and open to the public.

Sumter County Museum
122 N. Washington Street
Sumter, SC 29150

Phone: #803-775-0908
Email: information@sumtercountymuseum.org

Thank you to everyone who came out for the Book Signing for The Forest of Vanishing Stars by Kristin Harmel. Enjoy the pictures taken by Tracy Miller and Linda Tolar Cox

The Sumter Creative Canvas Project

“Sumter is brimming with public art, and work is moving quickly on the Sumter mural at the Sumter County Museum! Sumter County Cultural Center was awarded a grant to complete multiple custom murals throughout Sumter, so keep your eyes open for more to come. You can also stay up to date on paintsumter.com (coming soon!) with updates on the different murals being created around town.”  – VisitSumter.com

Christopher W. Johnson is making a name for himself as a muralist, painting his way across the Southeast. Johnson can now add our beautiful new mural at the Museum to his impressive and ever-growing list. Johnson is a Professor of Art at Andrew College in Cuthbert, GA. He holds a Master of Fine Art, Printmaking (minor in Drawing) • University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 2008 and a Bachelor of Fine Art, Printmaking (cum laude; minor in Ceramics) • Clemson University, Clemson, SC. Johnson is also a printmaker, painter, and graphic designer.
Visit his website to view more of his work www.chrisjmfa.com.

Temple Sinai Reform Jewish Congregation

If you would like to attend services or learn more about the Temple Sinai Reform Jewish Congregation please visit their website by clicking the button.

Rotating Exhibitions

Book Signings and Events

Talk and Book Signing with Susan Zurenda for Bells for Eli

"Bells for Eli is Adeline (Delia) Green’s first person narrative of her relationship with her first cousin Ellison (Eli) Winfield throughout their childhood into their young adult lives. The novel opens in 1978 in Green Branch, SC, with Delia appearing inert from an unknown sorrow. The story then flashes back to 1959 when Eli drinks Red Devil Lye, the chemical his father used to blow up balloons for Eli’s third birthday celebration and negligently left in a Coca-Cola bottle. Eli’s accident changes the trajectory of both his and Delia’s lives as he emerges, physically and psychologically, a severely damaged boy.

In part because of Eli’s accident, the cousins grow unusually close during the 1960’s and 70’s, against the backdrop of small-town South Carolina. They live across the street from each other, and though Eli’s mother is of landed aristocracy and Delia is the child of first generation college parents, social boundaries do not exist between them. An only child influenced by a doting mother and alcoholic father, Eli struggles mightily toward adolescence. He encounters bullying and shunning by schoolmates who don’t understand and mock his disfigurement and frailty. Achieving acceptance is torturous not only for Eli but for Delia who is her cousin's protector.

Later—his tubes and trach gone—Eli appears normal as he bolts into adolescence, a heartbreaker with a double standard, guarding Delia’s vulnerability when she ventures into a destructive romantic relationship. Determined as Eli is to rescue his beloved cousin from her boyfriend’s ulterior motives, Delia is equally committed to saving Eli when he falls into the wrong crowd enamored with drugs. Eli’s accident changes the typical relationship he and Delia might have had. Instead, it grows into an incomparable love, blossoming into an intimacy that cannot be, for they know to love one’s cousin in that way is taboo. The novel concludes with Delia’s discovery of a shocking secret that reveals truths about Eli she has never known." - www.SusanZurenda.com

This event is free and open to the public. The author will speak about her new work beginning at 6pm. Reception to follow with light refreshments. Books-A-Million will be on-site with books for purchase.

Kugels and Collards with co-founders Rachel Barnett and Lyssa Harvey

The Kugels and Collards program will be on Thursday, August 19th at Temple Sinai Jewish History Center at 6:00pm and is free and open to the public.
Kugels and Collards co-founders Rachel Barnett and Lyssa Harvey will present a talk and hold a Q&A session on exploring South Carolina's Jewish History through food. Kugels and Collards started as a blog in conjunction with Historic Columbia's Columbia Jewish Heritage Initiative. Barnett and Harvey are now working on a book entitled Kugels & Collards, A Jewish Culinary Journey through South Carolina that is set to be published by USC Press in 2023. They've collected recipes and family "food stories" from Jewish families throughout the state including several in Sumter.
A reception with refreshments will follow the talk featuring a couple of these recipes from the Sumter area! The Temple Sinai Jewish History Center's exhibits will also be open for viewing during the reception including the traveling exhibit from the Museum of Jewish People called Is it Kosher?: Cooking, Eating, and Selling Jewish and Israeli Food (which closes on August 21st).

Workshops and Classes

Home Economics - Basic Hand Stitching

Home Economics: Basic Hand Stitching, An (almost) all-ages class

Learning how to sew is a valuable skill. While we don’t see many home economics classes in schools anymore, the sewing arts are making a comeback. Many young adults are enrolling in classes that teach skills like sewing and cooking. But what about our children and youth? There are plenty of reasons why everyone should learn how to sew.
Develop Hand-Eye Coordination
Learn Mathematical Skills
Mend Clothes
Plan and Prepare for a Project
Explore Creativity and achieve a sense of Accomplishment

In Basic Hand Stitching Ms. Deborah Watts, our Backcountry Manager and seamstress who makes all of the period clothing for the Museum will teach students:

• Basic hand stitching: straight stitch, back stitch, whip stitch, and blanket stitch

• How to repair a hem, close a ripped seam, and how to add a patch to clothing

• How to sew on a button the right way!

We are happy to take your payment and registration over the phone at 803-775-0908, stop by the Williams-Brice House Thursdays-Saturdays 10am to 5pm or simply click the register button for the class.

Thursday, August 12th, 1pm-4pm
THIS IS AN ALL AGES CLASS
(but you must be at least 8 years to participate)
$20 Members | $25 Public
All supplies are included.
Minimum of 5 students, Maximum of 12 students

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The Friends of the Sumter County Museum are an invaluable part of our institution.

Their support provides funding for educational programming and new exhibits. It also allows the museum to continue to preserve the history of the Sumter area and to share that history with our community. Read on to learn more about our member benefits.

All Members Receive:

  • Invitations to Special Events, Exhibit Opening Receptions, and Exclusive Member Events
  • Free Admission to the Sumter County Museum Complex including the new
    Temple Sinai Jewish History Center
  • Subscription to Monthly E-Newsletter
  • Annual Meeting Invitation and Vote- Hors d’oeuvres Reception
  • Discount on Classes and Educational Programs (including summer camp for children)
  • Early Bird Discounted Rate ($10 off) of Annual Oyster Roast and Shrimp Feast Tickets
  • Recognition in Annual Museletter
  • Tax Deductible

The museum offers the following levels of support:

Individual$30
Free Admission for One Adult
10% Discount in Gift Shop

Family: $50
Individual Benefits
Free Admission for Two Adults and Children under 18
2 Guest Passes
7th Grade Children can Participate in Junior Cotillion Program at Reduced Rate

Patriot$100
Family Benefits
4 Guest Passes
15% Discount in Gift Shop
Southeastern Reciprocal Museums Membership- Free Admission to more than 100 southeastern Museums. See the Complete List of Participating Museums
North American Reciprocal Museum Program- Free Admission to 700 museums across North America. See the Complete List of Participating Museums

Williams-Brice Benefactor: $250
Patriot Benefits
10 Guest Passes
10% Discount on one Rental of Facilities
20% Discount in Gift Shop
1 Shrimp Feast Ticket
Southeastern Reciprocal Museums Membership – Free Admission to more than 100 Southeastern Museums. See the Complete List of Participating Museums
North American Reciprocal Museum Program – Free Admission to 700 museums across North America See Complete List of Participating Museums

Gamecock Sponsor: $500
Williams-Brice Benefactor Benefits
20 Guest Passes
20% Discount on one Rental of Facilities
20% Discount in Gift Shop
2 Shrimp Feast Tickets
Special Membership Card that Allows Free Admission to Over 100 Southeastern Museums. See the Complete List of Participating Museums
North American Reciprocal Museum Program- Free Admission to 700 museums nationwide across North America  See Complete List of Participating Museums 

Heritage Sponsor: $1000
Gamecock Sponsor Benefits
30 Guest Passes
30% Discount in Gift Shop
30% Discount on one Rental of Facilities
3 Shrimp Feast Tickets
2 Oyster Roast Tickets
Special Membership Card that Allows Free Admission to Over 100 Southeastern Museums. See the Complete List of Participating Museums
North American Reciprocal Museum Program- Free Admission to 700 museums across North America See Complete List of Participating Museums

Society: $2500

Heritage Sponsor Benefits
40 Guest Passes
One Free Use of Facilities
30% Discount in Gift Shop
4 Shrimp Feast Tickets
4 Oyster Roast Tickets
Southeastern Reciprocal Museums Membership- Free Admission to more than 100 Southeastern Museums. See the Complete List of Participating Museums
North American Reciprocal Museum Program- Free Admission to 700 museums across North America  See Complete List of Participating Museums

Levels of Membership

…or Donate any amount.

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

 

 

Visiting the Museum

If you have a group of 10 or more you must call ahead or email us to schedule a tour. Please be sure to know the number in your group and if there are any special considerations we should be aware of. To view the entirety of the Sumter County Museum, including the new Temple Sinai Jewish History Center, generally takes 2 to 3 hours.

Admission is free through Labor Day 2021!

Please notice we have different hours of operation for Temple Sinai Jewish History Center and the rest of the campus at 122 N. Washington St.

Connect with us

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

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

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

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