South Carolina: The Food We Celebrate in Marion

Developed by the South Carolina State Museum and South Carolina Humanities, South Carolina: The Food We Celebrate is a traveling exhibit that celebrates iconic foods from communities around South Carolina. The State Museum and South Carolina Humanities collaborated with 22 organizations across SC to develop the content for the exhibit, highlighting 20 different iconic foodways such as BBQ, chicken bog, peaches and more. The exhibit will be on display at the Marion County Museum from May 6 – June 28, 2022.

South Carolina: The Food We Celebrate tells the story of selected foodways popular in South Carolina and how they are saluted and shared. Did you know that the World Grits Festival takes place annually in April in St. George, SC? (And have you heard of the event “Rollin’ in the Grits”?) Do you know the difference between chicken bog and pileau? Do you know which South Carolina community is celebrated for its pumpkins? (Hint: the word pumpkin is in the name!) You can find out the answers to all of these questions and many more in South Carolina: The Food We Celebrate.

The Marion County Museum is located at 506 101 Wilcox Ave, Marion, SC 29571 They are open Tuesdays – Fridays from 9 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Marion County Museum will host several events and programs while the exhibit is on display, including:

Exhibit Opening
Friday, May 6th | 6:00 p.m.
Hear live music and taste local favorites; be the first to see the exhibit!
$15 per person

Wonderful Wednesdays – Biscuits and Butter
Wednesday, May 11 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Info: 843-423-8299

Wonderful Wednesdays – Canning Jam
Wednesday, June 8 | 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Info: 843-423-8299

Book Discussion and Signing Featuring Dr. David Shields, author of “Taste of the South:  South Carolina’s Signature Food, Recipes, & Their Stories”
Wednesday, June 16 | 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Info: 843-423-8299

Making Museum Worthy Masterpieces – Decorate a Cupcake Like a Pro!
Tuesday, June 21
Info: 843-423-8299

The Marion County Museum’s mission is to promote an understanding of Marion County’s history, South Carolina history, and an awareness of modern history by: Developing, preserving, and exhibiting a relevant collection; Conducting and making research publicly accessible; Engaging audiences on multiple platforms; Delivering innovative programs in the museum and in classrooms. Learn more about the museum.

South Carolina: The Food We Celebrate is part of the SC State Museum’s Traveling Exhibit Program, which provides museums, art centers, universities and other institutions with high quality, affordable traveling exhibitions. These special exhibits provide a variety of fascinating shows for institutions of any size, from large exhibitions designed for major museums to smaller, South Carolina-specific exhibits for local museums, galleries, libraries, schools and more. Learn more.

The mission of SC Humanities is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. Established in 1973, this 501(c) 3 organization is governed by a volunteer 21-member Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state. It presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that directly or indirectly reach more than 250,000 citizens annually.