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CURRENT EXHIBITIONS

BOOK SIGNINGS AND EVENTS

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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

John and Mary Margaret is a rare insider’s look into the white privilege bubble of a young girl growing up in Jackson, Mississippi and participating in sorority life on the Ole Miss campus in the late 1960s. But it’s also a candid portrayal of a young Black boy from Memphis who follows his dream to study law at the predominantly white university.
What happens when their shared love for literature blossoms into an ill-fated romance? Spanning five decades of historical civil rights events in Mississippi and Memphis, John and Mary Margaret’s story will challenge the status quo and give us another opportunity to examine our history and our hearts.
This talk and book signing is FREE and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served.

 

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

Book Signing with Signe Pike for The Forgotten Kingdom

Midsummer Mingle – Book Signing with Signe Pike for The Forgotten Kingdom, The Lost Queen Series Book II

The story continues in The Forgotten Kingdom, the second book in the astonishing Lost Queen series, already hailed as “Outlander meets Camelot” (Kirsty Logan) and “The Mists of Avalon for a new generation” (Linnea Hartsuyker).

AD 573. Imprisoned in her chamber, Languoreth awaits news in torment. Her husband and son have ridden off to wage war against her brother, Lailoken. She doesn’t yet know that her young daughter, Angharad, who was training with Lailoken to become a Wisdom Keeper, has been lost in the chaos. As one of the bloodiest battles of early medieval Scottish history scatters its survivors to the wind, Lailoken and his men must flee to exile in the mountains of the Lowlands, while nine-year-old Angharad must summon all Lailoken has taught her and follow her own destiny through the mysterious, mystical land of the Picts.

In the aftermath of the battle, old political alliances unravel, opening the way for the ambitious adherents of the new religion: Christianity. Lailoken is half-mad with battle sickness, and Languoreth must hide her allegiance to the Old Way to survive her marriage to the next Christian king of Strathclyde. Worst yet, the new King of the Angles is bent on expanding his kingdom at any cost. Now the exiled Lailoken, with the help of a young warrior named Artur, may be the only man who can bring the Christians and the pagans together to defeat the encroaching Angles. But to do so, he must claim the role that will forever transform him. He must become the man known to history as “Myrddin.”

Bitter rivalries are ignited, lost loves are found, new loves are born, and old enemies come face-to-face with their reckoning in this compellingly fresh look at one of the most enduring legends of all time.

 

** This event is a themed night with a celebration of the Celtic summer solstice. We will have specialty cocktails and delicious food. Decorations will make the scene enchanting along with the crowning of an Oak King and a Summer Maiden (picked at random from our ticket jar), music, a special gift to take with you, and of course the book signing will all make this an event to remember. **

McKenzie Hall, June 17th, 2021, 6 pm
$20 Members | $25 Public, Limited Number of Tickets
*Signed paperback copies of the book are included in the ticket price
*The first book of the series will be available for sale also

WORKSHOPS AND CLASSES

Home Economics - Basic Hand Stitching
Bushcraft Camp
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.
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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.

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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

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