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McKissick Museum

A Spirit of Place: USC's Buildings and Their Namesakes

November 13, 2015 through March 26, 2016, 2nd floor lobby

According to Derek Gruner, USC University Architect, a university campus shapes “the scholastic experience, creates a ‘spirit of place’ and ultimately gives form to our memories.”  The University of South Carolina is a perfect example of this claim.  More than 100 significant buildings have graced this campus, many of them named for individuals with an historic connection to the university or the state.

This exhibit presents artifacts from these namesakes and their buildings at USC, past and present.  Highlights include William Preston’s cane, mourning jewelry from the family of James Petrigru, doorknobs from Caroliniana Library, and a veilblock from the Honeycombs.

Image: Tray of Geological Instruments, Owned by Thomas Cooper, McKissick Museum Collection, 5.25a


Friday, November 13, 2015 to Saturday, March 26, 2016