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Massive SC State Museum was very educational

When Columbia Mills opened in 1894 it was the first totally electric textile mill in the world (and the first major industrial installation for GE); the building now houses the huge SC State Museum

When Columbia Mills opened in 1894 it was the first totally electric textile mill in the world (and the first major industrial installation for GE); the building now houses the huge SC State Museum

High Speed Warper, Abney Mills (Anderson Cty), 1928; admission to the this huge museum was $8.95 plus you could add a visit to the planetarium or a 4D show for another $5

High Speed Warper, Abney Mills (Anderson Cty), 1928; admission to the this huge museum was $8.95 plus you could add a visit to the planetarium or a 4D show for another $5

This telephone switchboard was made in Sumter about 1910; in 1922 Columbia became just the second US city to have a complete dial system; the museum has had popular temporary shows like Body Worlds and the Titanic

This telephone switchboard was made in Sumter about 1910; in 1922 Columbia became just the second US city to have a complete dial system; the museum has had popular temporary shows like Body Worlds and the Titanic

In 2014 SC adopted the Columbian mammoth as the official state fossil (yes, at least 41 states have an official fossil); these animals (larger than woolly mammoths or modern African elephants) roamed North America 10000 years ago

In 2014 SC adopted the Columbian mammoth as the official state fossil (yes, at least 41 states have an official fossil); these animals (larger than woolly mammoths or modern African elephants) roamed North America 10000 years ago

Made by a Columbia artist and Seamstresses with a Purpose, this face mask (using the state flag) was part of small exhibit detailing how SC responded to Covid; this is the largest museum in the state

Made by a Columbia artist and Seamstresses with a Purpose, this face mask (using the state flag) was part of small exhibit detailing how SC responded to Covid; this is the largest museum in the state

This museum ($6 that I did not pay) was founded in 1896, and is the oldest museum in Columbia; sharing the building with the SC State Museum, historians have said it may be the least accurate museum operated by a state government anywhere in the country

This museum ($6 that I did not pay) was founded in 1896, and is the oldest museum in Columbia; sharing the building with the SC State Museum, historians have said it may be the least accurate museum operated by a state government anywhere in the country

The Best Friend of Charleston was a steam-powered railroad locomotive widely considered the first locomotive to be built entirely within the US for revenue service; it covered a 6 mile route in Charleston beginning in 1830

The Best Friend of Charleston was a steam-powered railroad locomotive widely considered the first locomotive to be built entirely within the US for revenue service; it covered a 6 mile route in Charleston beginning in 1830

This 1940 Dobby Loom was used at Bath Mills in Aiken until the 1980s; the textile industry, long the backbone of the South, has largely moved to Asia leaving huge old mills abandoned

This 1940 Dobby Loom was used at Bath Mills in Aiken until the 1980s; the textile industry, long the backbone of the South, has largely moved to Asia leaving huge old mills abandoned

This 1904 Curved Dash (Model 6C) Oldsmobile was owned by JE Richard, the first Oldsmobile dealer in Columbia; the wheels of this Olds are 60 inches apart to fit ruts made by cotton and tobacco wagons

This 1904 Curved Dash (Model 6C) Oldsmobile was owned by JE Richard, the first Oldsmobile dealer in Columbia; the wheels of this Olds are 60 inches apart to fit ruts made by cotton and tobacco wagons

There was a very large area dedicated to the work of Charles Hard Townes, winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in developing the maser and laser; born in Greenville, he advised every president from Truman to Clinton

There was a very large area dedicated to the work of Charles Hard Townes, winner of the 1964 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in developing the maser and laser; born in Greenville, he advised every president from Truman to Clinton

The March 1861 Ordinance of Secession (this is one of 200 copies given to the delegates) officially marked the start of the Civil War; this copy was displayed in the SC State House and was rescued just before Sherman torched the building in 1865

The March 1861 Ordinance of Secession (this is one of 200 copies given to the delegates) officially marked the start of the Civil War; this copy was displayed in the SC State House and was rescued just before Sherman torched the building in 1865

King Cotton and Pro-Slavery Arguments (1860) was published in response to books such as Uncle Tom's Cabin; this compilation includes works by Southerners including one from SC famous for coining the phrase - cotton is king

King Cotton and Pro-Slavery Arguments (1860) was published in response to books such as Uncle Tom's Cabin; this compilation includes works by Southerners including one from SC famous for coining the phrase - cotton is king

The CSS Hunley became the first submarine to destroy an enemy ship on February 17, 1864 when it sank the USS Housatonic in Charleston harbor; it was damaged in the fight and sunk that same day, never returning to port

The CSS Hunley became the first submarine to destroy an enemy ship on February 17, 1864 when it sank the USS Housatonic in Charleston harbor; it was damaged in the fight and sunk that same day, never returning to port

The Anderson Motor Company of Rock Hill was one of the most successful automakers in the South producing 6000 cars between 1915 and 1925; in 1921 Ford's Model T sold for $345 while Anderson's lowest price was $1650

The Anderson Motor Company of Rock Hill was one of the most successful automakers in the South producing 6000 cars between 1915 and 1925; in 1921 Ford's Model T sold for $345 while Anderson's lowest price was $1650

The 1849 Henry Fitz Telescope was delivered to Erskine College in Due West and is one of the oldest examples of an American-made telescope; it is possibly the oldest surviving American-made observatory instrument

The 1849 Henry Fitz Telescope was delivered to Erskine College in Due West and is one of the oldest examples of an American-made telescope; it is possibly the oldest surviving American-made observatory instrument

I loved this work of Sir Isaac Newton by Molly B. Right (2014) made entirely of bottle caps; Right was born in 1963 in Greensboro (but I couldn't find her maiden name so I'm not sure if we were in school together) but now works out of Charleston

I loved this work of Sir Isaac Newton by Molly B. Right (2014) made entirely of bottle caps; Right was born in 1963 in Greensboro (but I couldn't find her maiden name so I'm not sure if we were in school together) but now works out of Charleston

Dave storage jug, c. 1850; in the Edgefield district, beginning in 1809, a distinctive type of alkaline-glazed stoneware began to be made; pieces were created by African-American slave craftspeople with the most famous of these being Dave

Dave storage jug, c. 1850; in the Edgefield district, beginning in 1809, a distinctive type of alkaline-glazed stoneware began to be made; pieces were created by African-American slave craftspeople with the most famous of these being Dave

This chair (1758), made by local cabinetmakers, was used by the Royal Governor when he presided over the Royal Council (the upper body of the state legislature) in the first statehouse in Charleston

This chair (1758), made by local cabinetmakers, was used by the Royal Governor when he presided over the Royal Council (the upper body of the state legislature) in the first statehouse in Charleston

Spinning Jennies sold for $130 in 1827 and were popular on large Southern plantations until after the Civil War; the machine could produce enough yarn in 1 day that a loom could turn into cloth 10 yds long by 3 yds wide

Spinning Jennies sold for $130 in 1827 and were popular on large Southern plantations until after the Civil War; the machine could produce enough yarn in 1 day that a loom could turn into cloth 10 yds long by 3 yds wide

An exhibit to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing (here JFK is at Rice Stadium announcing his plans for a mission to the moon) charted the history of NASA’s Apollo program and South Carolina’s role in lunar exploration

An exhibit to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing (here JFK is at Rice Stadium announcing his plans for a mission to the moon) charted the history of NASA’s Apollo program and South Carolina’s role in lunar exploration

This is one of three original cameras from WNOK which began broadcasting in Columbia on September 1, 1953 (amazing to think how relatively new the medium is); the station is one of the oldest UHF stations in the world

This is one of three original cameras from WNOK which began broadcasting in Columbia on September 1, 1953 (amazing to think how relatively new the medium is); the station is one of the oldest UHF stations in the world

1927 Hupmobile owned by an optometrist in Hopkins, SC; Henry Ford said - I recall looking at Bobby Hupp's roadster at the first show where it was exhibited and wondering whether we could ever build as good a small car for as little money

1927 Hupmobile owned by an optometrist in Hopkins, SC; Henry Ford said - I recall looking at Bobby Hupp's roadster at the first show where it was exhibited and wondering whether we could ever build as good a small car for as little money

Ronald McNair, born in Lake City and educated in Greensboro, first went into space aboard the Challenger in 1984 which was the first flight to land at Kennedy Space Center; he died in the January 1986 Challenger tragedy

Ronald McNair, born in Lake City and educated in Greensboro, first went into space aboard the Challenger in 1984 which was the first flight to land at Kennedy Space Center; he died in the January 1986 Challenger tragedy

A spinning room in a 1915 cotton mill; when the Columbia Mills opened in 1894, they manufactured cotton duck cloth (a canvas-like material) and the old mill building is considered the Museum's largest artifact

A spinning room in a 1915 cotton mill; when the Columbia Mills opened in 1894, they manufactured cotton duck cloth (a canvas-like material) and the old mill building is considered the Museum's largest artifact

Built in a Columbia garage in 1978, this is a Quartz Rotary Pecan Cracker Prototype that used air pressure to shell pecans (the first technological breakthrough the industry had seen in decades)

Built in a Columbia garage in 1978, this is a Quartz Rotary Pecan Cracker Prototype that used air pressure to shell pecans (the first technological breakthrough the industry had seen in decades)

Lee Redd used this Smith Premier typewriter in the 1890s when he worked at Columbia Mills (the building now housing the museum); temporary exhibits for my visit included the Science of Sound and Early American Face Vessels

Lee Redd used this Smith Premier typewriter in the 1890s when he worked at Columbia Mills (the building now housing the museum); temporary exhibits for my visit included the Science of Sound and Early American Face Vessels

Twenty years before Samuel Morse patented the telegraph, he was a portrait painter in Charleston (this is a self-portrait from 1808); most of the exhibits involved a large amount of reading so the kids were better off next door at EdVenture

Twenty years before Samuel Morse patented the telegraph, he was a portrait painter in Charleston (this is a self-portrait from 1808); most of the exhibits involved a large amount of reading so the kids were better off next door at EdVenture

Tiger Paw is modeled after the shrimp trawlers seen in SC (they usually are within 4 miles of the coast); the state's most valuable seafood crop, commercial shrimp here have 3 varieties which all taste the same; peak season is August to October

Tiger Paw is modeled after the shrimp trawlers seen in SC (they usually are within 4 miles of the coast); the state's most valuable seafood crop, commercial shrimp here have 3 varieties which all taste the same; peak season is August to October

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