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History Programs

Antebellum South Carolina

Grades 3-4, 8 • Standards:  3-4.1; 3-4.2; 4-2.5; 8-1.4; 8-1.6; 8-3.1

How did rice and “King Cotton” affect the politics, economy and society of antebellum South Carolina? Students will learn about the role of white yeomen and free Blacks, the spread of slavery, how many West-African traditions were maintained and the rise of the planter class.

Colonial Life

Grades 4, 8 • Standards:  4-3.1; 4-3.6; 8-1.4; 8-1.5; 8-1.6

Explore life in the Colonies — South Carolina style! What was it like to be a colonist and how did that lead to revolution? Explore these issues and more in this exciting lesson.

Cultural History Tour

Grades K-12

Students will explore exhibits that describe the rich cultural contributions of Native Americans, African-Americans and European-Americans who once lived in our state. Pre-Visit Materials

Getting Around: Transportation in the Palmetto State

Grades 2-5, 7-8 • Standards:  2-2.4; 3-5.1; 3-5.4; 4-1.1; 5-3.1; 5-3.3; 5-4.1; 7-1.2;
8-1.1; 8-5.3

From a replica of the “Best Friend of Charleston” to a Lowcountry canoe to a 1904 Oldsmobile and a 1915 Model-T Ford, Students will learn about “getting around.” Pre-Visit Materials

Introduction to the State Museum

Grades 1-12

Designed for the first-time visitor. Students will view and learn about exhibits in each of the museum’s subject areas. Pre-Visit Materials

Native Americans: First South Carolinians

Grades K-3 • Standards:  K-1.1; K-5.4; 1-1.2; 1-2.2; 1-6.1; 2-1.1; 2-1.3; 2-2.4; 3-2.4; 3-2.5
Native American culture dominated what is now South Carolina for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans.  Hands-on activities will help students appreciate the similarities and differences between the Paleo, Archaic, Woodland and Mississippian Indians.

Readin’, ‘Ritin’ and Responsibilities!

Grades K-2 • Standards:  K-1.1; K-1.2; 1-6.1; 2-2.4

What was it like to attend a one-room country school? Students will attend “class” at the Berry School and learn about daily household chores.

South Carolina’s Symbols

Grade 3 • Standards:  3-1.1; 3-1.3; 3-1.4

What do “The Philip Simmons Gate” and the state flag have in common? How is the Upcountry different from the Lowcountry? What clues tell us that mastodons once roamed the land? Learn the answers to these questions and others during this lesson. Pre-Visit Materials

The Palmetto State at War

Grades 3-4, 8 • Standards:  3-4.1; 3-4.3; 3-4.4; 3-4.5; 3-4.6; 4-6.1; 4-6.2; 4-6.3; 4-6.6;
8-3.4; 8-3.5; 8-3.6

Life changed dramatically for most people during the Civil War. Thousands of men went off to war leaving women in charge of running businesses, farms and plantations. Students will examine how citizens coped with shortages on the home front. They will equip a “soldier” for war and find out about the burning of Columbia. Pre-Visit Materials

Unearthing History

Grades 3-4, 8 • Standards:  3-2.1; 3-2.3; 3-2.4; 3-2.5; 3-2.6; 4-2.1; 4-2.2; 4-2.3; 4-2.4; 4-2.5; 4-2.6; 8-1.1; 8-1.3; 8-1.4; 8-1.6

With this lesson, students will learn about Native American, European and African cultures that were brought together to make the South Carolina we know today. Archaeology helps us learn about our past by studying the material remains that people leave behind. Pre-Visit Materials 

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