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Sumter County Museum offers summer workshops

BY RHONDA BARRICK
rhonda@theitem.com
Posted 6/9/20

With modifications and safety in mind, the Sumter County Museum will offer three youth summer workshops.All programs are contingent on public accessibility during the pandemic. The following …

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Sumter County Museum offers summer workshops

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With modifications and safety in mind, the Sumter County Museum will offer three youth summer workshops.

All programs are contingent on public accessibility during the pandemic. The following guidelines will be in place:

• Registration is limited to 10 students;

• Workshops will be held in the larger multipurpose room with space to accommodate social distancing;

• Seating will be at least 6 feet apart;

• Each student will have dedicated supplies;

• There will be an increased emphasis on hand washing;

• All surfaces and supplies will be disinfected before use;

• Staff will wear masks when in close contact with students; and

• If a student bring drinks, only one-time-use containers are allowed, and the container should have the child’s name written on it.

The following workshops are planned:

Basic Hand Stitching

Though home economics classes are not a part of today’s school curriculum, sewing is making a comeback. Sewing teaches hand-eye coordination, math skills, the ability to mend clothes and the ability to plan and prepare a project.

Basic Hand Stitching students will learn:

• basic hand stitching — straight stitch, back stitch and whip stitch;

• how to repair a hem, close a ripped seam and add a patch to clothing; and

• how to sew on a button.

Basic Hand Stitching will be held on Thursday, July 16, from 2 to 5 p.m. for youth ages 9-17.

Basket Weavers Needed

If you have ever been to Charleston, you have seen women making and selling their sweetgrass creations. Sweetgrass basket weaving is a long-standing tradition in the Lowcountry, one that needs to continue. Class participants will investigate sweetgrass baskets from the museum’s permanent collection and learn about the history of the art. Each student will make his or her own simple basket choosing from a round, triangular or square design. All supplies will be included.

Basket Weavers Needed will be held on Thursday, July 23, from 2 to 5 p.m., for youth ages 8-17.

Archaeology Adventure

Top excavators are needed for this Archaeology Adventure. Thieves are stealing from an excavation site where the museum archaeologist has found priceless artifacts. Time is running out. There is only a day to go back in time to see what type of artifacts were at the site and help the authorities retrieve them from the thieves before they are sold on the black market. All supplies will be included.

Archaeology Adventure will be held Thursday, Aug. 6, from 2 to 5 p.m., for youth ages 8-17.

Workshops are $20 for members of the museum and $25 for those without membership. Payment can be made by credit or debit card on the museum’s website at www.SumterCountyMuseum.org; by phone at (803) 775-0908; or in person at the museum, 122 N. Washington St., Thursday-Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sumter County Museum preserves and interprets the history of Old Sumter District, present-day Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties. The museum uses living history, period rooms and temporary exhibits to share stories about the Sumter area. It includes the Williams-Brice House (1916), the Temple Sinai Jewish History Center, the Heritage Education Center and the Carolina Backcountry Homestead.

For more information about the museum, call (803) 775-0908 or email information@sumtercountymuseum.org.