We know how hard it is to find resource materials for archaeology and
history. History can be such a fascinating and exciting topic, but too often
this excitement just isn't conveyed to students by the resources that are out
That's why we have developed an extensive series of brochures, booklets, and
even curricula packages for your classes in Social Studies, South Carolina
History, and Archaeology.
These materials are designed to encourage students and to make the past
exciting and relevant. We hope you'll be as excited about the possibilities of
integrating these materials into your classroom as we are.
Below are lists of the different materials available. If you
have any ideas or requests for additional materials, please let us know.
Associated with the Liberty Hall investigations in Berkeley County we have
completed a new curriculum study. Assisted by teachers at Westview Elementary
School in Goose Creek, this curriculum provides lesson plans on religious
persecution, rice, slavery, and life on a rice plantation.
out the new curriculum booklet we have prepared with the S.C. State Museum!
in teaching more about South Carolina's African American history? Chicora
Foundation has worked with SCIway to develop a series of hard-hitting and very
detailed web pages on African Americans during slavery, reconstruction, and the
era of Jim Crow. These pages begin to tell the history that is largely
forgotten. Your students desire to know the real story. Check out the pages by
going to SCIway.
Developed Especially for South Carolina Archaeology and History
Benjamin Mazyck, The Mystery Man of Goose
Creek: A Curriculum for the Study of Eighteenth Century South Carolina
Huguenots, Rice Plantations, and Slavery. 84pp. Developed with the
assistance of the teachers at Westview Elementary School in Goose Creek, South
Carolina, this package provides detailed curricula materials looking at the
religious persecution of the Huguenots, the cultivation and marketing of
Carolina Gold rice, slavery in the eighteenth century, and the life on an
eighteenth century rice plantation. Included with the package are samples of
rough rice, hulled rice, chaff, hand-pounded rice, whole rice, middling rice,
and small rice (or rice grits. This rice is viable (2003 crop) and one lesson
plan provides information on planting and growing Carolina Gold -- the rice
grown by eighteenth century planters in South Carolina!
The Economic and Social History of Tobacco
Production in South Carolina. 38 pp. Developed in conjunction with
the Pee Dee Heritage Center, this package focuses on the Native American use
of tobacco, colonial and antebellum cultivation of tobacco, and the
development of the bright leaf tobacco industry in the Pee Dee region after
the Civil War. [Teachers, please note: This curricula material makes no
judgments on tobacco use nor does it instruct on the health consequences. It
only explores the historical impacts of the crop on South Carolina prior to
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Indians, Slaves and Freedmen in the Pee Dee
Region of South Carolina. 46 pp. Developed with the assistance of
Roche Carolina, Inc., this curricula material explores the history and
archaeology of a section of Florence County. But its usefulness is far
wider, since it helps kids better understand the lives of Native Americans,
and how life changed from slavery to freedom for African Americans.
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Integrated History and Ecology of Tea Farm Park.
59 pp. This curricula package was originally developed for use by Charleston
County Park and Recreation at its new Tea Farm Park. It is just as useful
for any teacher who wants to integrate history and science to show kids that
all disciplines are equally important and draw from one another. The package
explores Native American plants and ecology, and the cultivation of rice by
African American slaves.
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Native Life at A.D. 1650. 42 pp.
If you are tired of looking for information on South Carolina Native
Americans and finding only Plains tepees and head dresses, this will be a
welcome addition. It explores a broad range of questions that kids are
certain to ask -- What kinds of tools did the Indians have? What did they
eat and how did they prepare it? How did they dress? The booklet is loaded
with line drawings and simple explanations.
Curricula Materials for The First South
Carolinians: The Life and Times of Native Peoples in the Palmetto State.
94pp. This guide was prepared to accompany the S.C. State Museum Traveling
Exhibit by the same name, but also provides great stand-alone curricula
materials for teaching about Native Americans. Lesson plans include foodways,
tools, Indian trade, and Indian-White relations, plus the complete text of the
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Simple Booklets to
Help You Teach the Richness of South Carolina History
Fort Johnson is More Than Fish: Enjoying the
History. 8 pp. An introductory history of Fort Johnson on James
Island on the Charleston Harbor. Used during Queen Anne's War, the American
Revolution, the War of 1812, the Civil War, and World War II, it is one of
South Carolina's most significant military history sites. ISBN 1-58317-012-X
First Steps in Archaeology: An Introduction to
Archaeology for Kids of all Ages. 16 pages. Methods of site
discovery, site recordation, and artifact identification for anyone interested
in investigating and preserving South Carolina's archaeological heritage. ISBN
Your Servant, Quash: Letters of a South
Carolina Freedman. 16 pages. The story of Quash Stevens, slave and
freedman of Kiawah Island. Letters he wrote his employers as a freedman after
the Civil War are included in this booklet. ISBN 1-58317-010-3 $3.00
Mitchelville: Experiment in Freedom.
12 pp. Traces the history of a unique village established by the Union army
for freed slaves on Hilton Head Island. Part of the "Port Royal Experiment,"
Mitchelville was an experiment in freedom for area African Americans. ISBN
Grave Matters: The Preservation of
African-American Cemeteries. 16 pages. Explores the unique and
exciting history of African-American cemeteries and how they can be easily
damaged or destroyed by development or a lack of understanding. Suggests ways
that this heritage can be preserved for future generations. ISBN
Understanding Slavery: The Lives of Eighteenth
Century African-Americans. 12 pages. Using history and archaeology,
this booklet explores the lives of South Carolina's African-American slaves
from capture in Africa, through the Middle Passage and into bondage. ISBN
The Saluda Factory: Forgotten History of the
Riverbanks Botanical Park. 12 pp. Explores the ruins still preserved
in the Riverbanks Botanical Park of the Saluda Factory, one of South
Carolina's earliest textile mills. This booklet also reveals the role played
by the factory in the Civil War and its eventual demise. ISBN 1-58317-006-5
Free Persons of Color in Charleston, S.C.
Before the Civil War. 12 pp. Although slavery was common in
antebellum Charleston, there was also a free black community that is being
explored through history and archaeology. This booklet explores the lives of
these "free persons of color" and the sites they left behind. ISBN
Collecting Artifacts: Looting or Your Gift to
the Future? three panel brochure. Brochure explores responsible
collecting and how to make sure that your artifacts have a future. Free with
Reflections of Our Past: The Archaeology of
South Carolina. four panel brochure. Brochure traces the
archaeology of South Carolina from the Paleoindian through Historic period.
Free with SASE.