Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture

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The “Documenting the Arc” project, organized by the Avery Research Center, is calling on community members to share their photos, songs, poetry, stories, and other creative media, with a special focus on the period between the killing of Walter Scott and the massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church.

“This project highlights Black activism, and focuses on those who participated directly in the work. Through the interviews we have completed, we have been able to document the work of activists and obtained a better understanding of the workings of the organizations as well as the values and concerns of Black people in Charleston,” says Aaisha Haykal, Co-Principal Investigator on the grant and manager of archival services at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture.
Submit your account by visiting our website https://avery.cofc.edu/documenting-the-arc-community-portal/
Happy Monday! This Wednesday, we will be hosting our second Community Open House. Visitors will be able to enjoy a 30-minute self guided tour, meet members of the staff, along with engaging with a few of our highlighted artists. Click the link in our bio or below to register!

https://avery.cofc.edu/community-open-house-on-april-13th-from-430-p-m-est-to-630-p-m/
Join @cofcaast tonight for The Dr. Consuela Francis Emerging Scholars Lecture Series entitled The Microbiome of the Plantation featuring Dr. Tao Leigh Goffe of @cornelluniversity . Register by clicking the link located in our Instagram Bio.
A new month means new ways to engage with the Avery! We are excited to be back open (by appointment only) and continue our interactions with you all virtually and in person. Register for our upcoming events by clicking the link below, or our Instagram bio.

https://linktr.ee/AveryResearchCenter
Join the Avery Research Center and The Friends of the Library for
Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court
featuring Historian Orville Vernon Burton and
Civil Rights Lawyer Armand Derfner.
This hybrid event will be held on March 28, 2022 at 6:00 P.M.
Click below or the link in our bio to register!

Register for the in-person event: bit.ly/3wt Vu3J
Register for the Zoom event: bit.ly/3Ixk4TB
We are doing proud to announce the opening of the Karen Chambers Fellowship. This 1,000$ research/travel fund is available for @collegeofcharleston Grad students in history related programs of study. Application link in our bio
______________

Karen Chambers was a beloved wife, mother of 4, grandmother of 5, sister, daughter, aunt, niece and a best friend to many.  She joined the ancestors in September 2020. Honestly, anyone that met her was immediately enamored with her thoughtfulness, compassion, love and her beautiful spirit.

Karen visited Charleston on several occasions and every trip included a visit to a Black historical place. She had a passion to never stop learning and sharing her experiences with anyone who would listen.  The enjoyment and smile on her face as she retold the stories was so fulfilling for her and our family.   

Karen believed in the mission of The Avery Research Center—commitment to creating a place so generations of people could come see and identify the struggles of enslaved persons in the United States firsthand.  Donating to a worthy cause as The Avery has always been her personal goal and we know it would bring her such a sense of satisfaction.

We know this gift will make a difference in The Avery being able to recruit and financially support talented students majoring in Black Public History to complete their educational goals, as well as continuing to improve the historical content of the school.  We are hoping that as a recipient of this Fellowship, you will embrace the mission, vision and values of The Avery Research Center, and educate generations to come just as Karen would have wanted.
TOMORROW at 12:30!
Beyond the Filter: Telling Stories with Photographs of Family and Community

Join the CofC Library in the Addlestone Library to share your stories with one another. Through sharing photographs of family and loved ones, participants will contribute and discover stories about themselves and one another revealing roots, connections, and provocative parallels that surprise and engage us in community. In addition to sharing photographs, scholars and community members will discuss the power of images for storytelling, identity, and representation in our public memory. Specimens of historic photographs including daguerreotypes, tintypes, cabinet cards, and stereoviews will also be on display.

Students may participate in-person or via Zoom. Lunch will be provided for in-person participants. Please bring a digital or print family photograph to share and discuss!

Learn more about the event and registration: https://bit.ly/3CW1DHa
Today is the day! Join us at 11 A.M. for our hybrid bottle tree rededication (link located in our Instagram bio)
Grab brunch then meet us back at 2 P.M. for our community open house! Register for a 30 minute self guided tour by clicking the registration link also located in our Instagram bio. We look forward to seeing you back in the Avery!
#swipeleft to see the educational and exciting week we have prepared just for you! From virtual Avery Digital Classroom events, to in person Reopening events we are ready to connect with you all.
Looking to register for one of the events? Click the link below or in our bio to register!

https://linktr.ee/AveryResearchCenter
We’re back! On March 20th from 2:00-6:00 P.M. we reopen our doors to the public! Visitors must register for a 30 minute self guided tour spot (registration links located in our Instagram story). We look forward to having you back at The Avery.
Celebrate Women’s History Month in the Avery Digital (and in person) classroom! We are excited to not only have some amazing digital events, but also to reopen our doors to the community.
We look forward to seeing you all soon.
Forging relationships: Our brother Ian Welch Assistant Professor and Curator at SCSU FAB Gallery visited to teach our Avery interns how to repair museum walls. We are almost ready to reopen our doors to you all! Keep your post notifications on to stay up do date with our reopening schedule.

Established to collect, preserve, and make public the unique historical and cultural heritage of African Americans in Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry.

As of 1.10.2022—CURRENTLY CLOSED TO MUSEUM TOURS DUE TO COVID-19. READING ROOM ACCESS IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Museum Tours: M-F at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Reading Room: M-F 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed for Lunch: 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
*NOTE: Saturday Tours and Reading Room hours are by APPOINTMENT ONLY.

Operating as usual

04/12/2022

The “Documenting the Arc” project, organized by the Avery Research Center, is calling on community members to share their photos, songs, poetry, stories, and other creative media, with a special focus on the period between the killing of Walter Scott and the massacre at Mother Emanuel AME Church.

“This project highlights Black activism, and focuses on those who participated directly in the work. Through the interviews we have completed, we have been able to document the work of activists and obtained a better understanding of the workings of the organizations as well as the values and concerns of Black people in Charleston,” says Aaisha Haykal, Co-Principal Investigator on the grant and manager of archival services at the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture.
Submit your account by visiting our website https://avery.cofc.edu/documenting-the-arc-community-portal/

04/11/2022

Happy Monday! This Wednesday, we will be hosting our second Community Open House. Visitors will be able to enjoy a 30-minute self guided tour, meet members of the staff, along with engaging with a few of our highlighted artists. Click the link in our bio or below to register!

https://avery.cofc.edu/community-open-house-on-april-13th-from-430-p-m-est-to-630-p-m/

04/07/2022

Join @cofcaast tonight for The Dr. Consuela Francis Emerging Scholars Lecture Series entitled The Microbiome of the Plantation featuring Dr. Tao Leigh Goffe of @cornelluniversity . Register by clicking the link located in our Instagram Bio.

04/01/2022

A new month means new ways to engage with the Avery! We are excited to be back open (by appointment only) and continue our interactions with you all virtually and in person. Register for our upcoming events by clicking the link below, or our Instagram bio.

https://linktr.ee/AveryResearchCenter

03/23/2022

Join the Avery Research Center and The Friends of the Library for
Justice Deferred: Race and the Supreme Court
featuring Historian Orville Vernon Burton and
Civil Rights Lawyer Armand Derfner.
This hybrid event will be held on March 28, 2022 at 6:00 P.M.
Click below or the link in our bio to register!

Register for the in-person event: bit.ly/3wt Vu3J
Register for the Zoom event: bit.ly/3Ixk4TB

03/22/2022

We are doing proud to announce the opening of the Karen Chambers Fellowship. This 1,000$ research/travel fund is available for @collegeofcharleston Grad students in history related programs of study. Application link in our bio
______________

Karen Chambers was a beloved wife, mother of 4, grandmother of 5, sister, daughter, aunt, niece and a best friend to many.  She joined the ancestors in September 2020. Honestly, anyone that met her was immediately enamored with her thoughtfulness, compassion, love and her beautiful spirit.

Karen visited Charleston on several occasions and every trip included a visit to a Black historical place. She had a passion to never stop learning and sharing her experiences with anyone who would listen.  The enjoyment and smile on her face as she retold the stories was so fulfilling for her and our family.   

Karen believed in the mission of The Avery Research Center—commitment to creating a place so generations of people could come see and identify the struggles of enslaved persons in the United States firsthand.  Donating to a worthy cause as The Avery has always been her personal goal and we know it would bring her such a sense of satisfaction.

We know this gift will make a difference in The Avery being able to recruit and financially support talented students majoring in Black Public History to complete their educational goals, as well as continuing to improve the historical content of the school.  We are hoping that as a recipient of this Fellowship, you will embrace the mission, vision and values of The Avery Research Center, and educate generations to come just as Karen would have wanted.

03/21/2022

TOMORROW at 12:30!
Beyond the Filter: Telling Stories with Photographs of Family and Community

Join the CofC Library in the Addlestone Library to share your stories with one another. Through sharing photographs of family and loved ones, participants will contribute and discover stories about themselves and one another revealing roots, connections, and provocative parallels that surprise and engage us in community. In addition to sharing photographs, scholars and community members will discuss the power of images for storytelling, identity, and representation in our public memory. Specimens of historic photographs including daguerreotypes, tintypes, cabinet cards, and stereoviews will also be on display.

Students may participate in-person or via Zoom. Lunch will be provided for in-person participants. Please bring a digital or print family photograph to share and discuss!

Learn more about the event and registration: https://bit.ly/3CW1DHa

Photos from Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture's post 03/20/2022

Today is the day! Join us at 11 A.M. for our hybrid bottle tree rededication (link located in our Instagram bio)
Grab brunch then meet us back at 2 P.M. for our community open house! Register for a 30 minute self guided tour by clicking the registration link also located in our Instagram bio. We look forward to seeing you back in the Avery!

Photos from Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture's post 03/14/2022

#swipeleft to see the educational and exciting week we have prepared just for you! From virtual Avery Digital Classroom events, to in person Reopening events we are ready to connect with you all.
Looking to register for one of the events? Click the link below or in our bio to register!

https://linktr.ee/AveryResearchCenter

03/03/2022

We’re back! On March 20th from 2:00-6:00 P.M. we reopen our doors to the public! Visitors must register for a 30 minute self guided tour spot (registration links located in our Instagram story). We look forward to having you back at The Avery.

03/01/2022

Celebrate Women’s History Month in the Avery Digital (and in person) classroom! We are excited to not only have some amazing digital events, but also to reopen our doors to the community.
We look forward to seeing you all soon.

02/25/2022

Forging relationships: Our brother Ian Welch Assistant Professor and Curator at SCSU FAB Gallery visited to teach our Avery interns how to repair museum walls. We are almost ready to reopen our doors to you all! Keep your post notifications on to stay up do date with our reopening schedule.

Photos from Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture's post 02/20/2022

Congratulations to our 2021-2022 James E. Campbell Student Leadership Award Recipients!
Mia Douglas- Benedict College
Arianna Bastian-Benedict College
Jay Scott- College of Charleston
Ana Rucker- College of Charleston
View our Instagram stories to hear more about each recipients project!

02/18/2022

Our youngest (and unpaid) staff member Sevyn is curating away in preparation for our soft reopening! We are excited to be in the final stages of prepping to open our doors to the community once again. Turn on your post notifications to stay up to date on all of our upcoming March events!

02/15/2022

Tonight we step back into the Avery Digital Classroom for a wonderful guest lecture by visiting professor Dr. DJ Polite! He will be educating with a lecture entitled “Political Violence, Disenfranchisement, and US Empire: From The Viewpoint of the Congress’s Last Black Congressman Before the Rise of Jim Crow.
To register for this event click the link in our bio or below!

https://cofc.zoom.us/j/89891293659?pwd=Y3pJTUErOFhTdjVzUTVucVFreFNyZz09

Photos from Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture's post 02/13/2022

Huge thanks to all who came to support @cofcwbb for this evenings Love, Avery Game! We hope to continue to support the amazing athleticism, skill, and passion that the Lady Cougars showcase at every game!

02/13/2022

It’s #gameday at the College! Join us today at 2:00 p.m. as we support our @cofcwbb in their game against Elon! Admission is free and we look forward to seeing you all there!

02/10/2022

Tonight Join us and @chslibfriends for All for Liberty: The Charleston Workhouse Slave Rebellion of 1849 featuring author, Jeff Strickland. Registration link is located in our bio or below!

https://cofc.zoom.us/j/86456769306?pwd=c1N2b3dzSVhVSCtra1RmaEY5N1FRZz09

02/02/2022

Have you heard about the Documenting the Arc project? We are collecting video oral histories with contemporary organizers and activists starting with the formation of Black Lives Matter Charleston in late 2014, through the George Floyd protests and civil unrest that marked the spring and summer of 2020; emphasizing the period between the killing of Walter Scott & the massacre at Mother Emanuel.

We recognize we can't interview everyone as a part of the Documenting the Arc project, so we created a Community Submission Portal. Click the link in bio or scan the QR code to find out how to submit your stories.
https://avery.cofc.edu/documenting-the-arc-community-portal/

01/28/2022

Missed this weeks Documenting the Arc Event? You can still learn more about the project, the work that the team has completed so far, and more about @gddonnelley foundation by viewing the full event on our YouTube channel.
Click the link below or in our bio to view

https://youtu.be/TJjfstAQBDo

Photos from Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture's post 01/27/2022

It’s #cofcday ! Celebrate what you love about @collegeofcharleston by giving back! Your donation to the Avery Research centers Directors Excellence Fund goes to support upcoming projects, events, and students as they matriculate through the college. No donation is too small and we truly appreciate any contribution. To donate either click the link below or the one located in our bio!

https://cofcday.cofc.edu/campaigns/avery-research-center-director-s-excellence-fund

01/26/2022

Join us now for this discussion on "Documenting the Arc"!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJjfstAQBDo&ab_channel=AveryResearchCenter

“We are grateful to the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation for the opportunity to demonstrate how our stories should be told—through the words and lenses of local artists and activists.”

The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture has been awarded $100,000 for Donnelley’s new “Broadening Narratives” grant, a groundbreaking collections initiative.

Learn more about the project: bit.ly/3KCh7Dy
Register for program here https://linktr.ee/AveryResearchCenter

01/24/2022

“We are grateful to the Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation for the opportunity to demonstrate how our stories should be told—through the words and lenses of local artists and activists.”

The Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture has been awarded $100,000 for Donnelley’s new “Broadening Narratives” grant, a groundbreaking collections initiative.

Learn more about the project: bit.ly/3KCh7Dy
Register for program here https://linktr.ee/AveryResearchCenter

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