The People, The Place, The Promise Exhibit

The South Carolina Historical Society will open the recently-renovated exhibit space in the historic Fireproof Building on Meeting Street in Charleston on September 22, 2018. The new exhibit The People, The Place, The Promise is designed to tell the story of the state, including the personal stories of South Carolinians from all walks of life. South Carolina Humanities helped support this exhibit with a Major Grant.

Through renovations to the Robert Mills Fireproof Building (c1827), a National Historic Landmark, the South Carolina Historical Society will now be able to show primary source information to the general public in a way that was not previously possible. The building is now ADA compliant with a 2,500 square foot exhibit space. The People, The Place, The Promise exhibit highlights South Carolina history through manuscripts, maps, images, artifacts, and interactive technological components.

The People, the Place, the Promise encompasses six galleries that cover the following themes: Exploration and Settlement; New Horizons; War and Reconstruction; the Charleston Renaissance; Art, Literature, and Culture; and This Abundant Land. Each section allows visitors to experience illuminating moments from South Carolina’s past and to consider its future.

There are two planned preview events before the exhibit opens to the general public on Saturday, September 22:

Local educators are invited to preview the new exhibit on Friday, September 14, while learning about resources available to teachers and students through the Society. Educators should RSVP to Education Coordinator Bailey Knight and plan to show a school I.D. at the door.

A ticketed Opening Preview Party will take place on Friday, September 21. More information about this gala event can be found on the SC Hisotrical Society website:

More information about the South Carolina Historic Society and The People, The Place, The Promise can be found on the website: Tickets to the exhibit are $15 per adult and $7 per child.

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 20-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.