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  • Thursday, May 30, 2024 3:26 PM | Kayleigh Vaughn (Administrator)

    As we reflect on the progress and growth of the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, it is with profound gratitude that we acknowledge the generosity of our grant funders. Their support since the beginning of 2024 has been instrumental in bringing a diverse range of programs and initiatives to life.

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    A heartfelt thank you to the South Carolina Arts Commission for their contribution of the Art of Community - Rural SC grant, which made the Molding Together: Ceramics for All program a reality, enriching lives through the power of creativity. Their funding also supported our Executive Director's participation in the Southeastern Museums Conference Leadership Institute, enhancing our leadership capabilities.

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    We extend our appreciation to South Arts for the Presentation Grant, which will bring Colin Quashie’s Linked exhibition to the Morris Center in 2025, accompanied by educational programs that promise to engage and inspire our community.

    Photo entitled "Rose-colored" by artist Colin Quashie. The image is of Harriet Tubman wearing glasses in the shape of shackles and with rose colored glass.

    The Living Legacy: Programs Illuminating Native and Gullah Histories, funded by South Carolina Humanities, will allow us to shine a light on the rich tapestry of our region's heritage, fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation among our visitors.

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    Locally, we are immensely grateful for Jasper County and the Town of Ridgeland's continued support through Accommodations-tax grants, which have been vital in sustaining our mission.

    To all our funders, your belief in our vision propels us forward. Thank you for being part of our journey as we continue to celebrate and preserve the unique culture of the Lowcountry.



  • Thursday, May 23, 2024 1:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Have you ever wanted to dive into the rich tapestry of cultural crafts and create something beautiful with your own hands? Now's your chance! Join us for a unique workshop where history, artistry, and hands-on learning weave together in the most delightful way.


    Experience Living History Piece by Piece

    The Gullah culture is an enchanting blend of African and American traditions, nestled in the heart of the Lowcountry. 

    One of the most cherished legacies of this culture is the art of sweetgrass basket weaving—a skill passed down through generations, which has transcended time to become a symbol of resilience and creativity.

    Craft Your Own Piece of Tradition

    We're thrilled to announce that Michael Smalls, a master weaver with years of experience, will be leading our workshop. 

    He'll guide you through the intricate process of creating your very own sweetgrass basket or coaster. It's not just a craft; it's a storied piece of heritage that you can hold in your hands.

    Everything You Need Included

    For $80, you'll receive all the raw materials needed to create your masterpiece. Don't worry about the tools; scissors and nail bone are provided for use during the class and will be returned afterward. All you need to bring is your enthusiasm and readiness to learn!

    Mark Your Calendars

    • Date: Saturday, June 29, 2024

    • Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    • Cost: $80 per participant

    Spaces are limited, and trust us, you don't want to miss out on this extraordinary opportunity to connect with history and craft something truly special. So why wait?

    Register now and secure your spot in this journey back in time with every weave and twist. Let's create memories and baskets that will last a lifetime!



  • Monday, May 20, 2024 9:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the heart of the picturesque Lowcountry, the Morris Center stands as a beacon of cultural heritage and education. 

    If you are planning a trip to visit the best museums in the Lowcountry, be sure to include us on your list! Reserve a tour here.


    Discover the rich tapestry of history and tradition that defines this unique region that spans from Charleston, SC to Savannah, GA.

    Here are the museums you can’t miss:

    Engaging Programs and Events at The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage

    When you visit us, consider overlapping your visit with one of our dynamic events or workshops. 

    In addition to our permanent and traveling exhibits, the Morris Center hosts a full calendar of programs designed to deepen your understanding of Lowcountry heritage and culture. 

    From educational workshops and live demonstrations to cultural festivals and community gatherings, there's always something exciting happening at the Morris Center!

    Check our events calendar regularly to stay up-to-date on upcoming programs and activities.

    Now that you’re ready to experience the best museums in the Lowcountry, be sure to grab a few history-loving friends and make a road trip out of it!

    Spend a day in the Savannah area, a day in the Ridgeland/Beaufort area, and a day in the Charleston area, and you’ll find yourself fully immersed in the Lowcountry’s richly diverse history. We look forward to welcoming you soon!

    Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage Fast Facts:

    CONTACT

    843-284-9227

    info@morrisheritagecenter.org

    MUSEUM HOURS

    Tuesday - Saturday

    10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    PHYSICAL ADDRESS

    10782 S. Jacob Smart Blvd.

    Ridgeland, SC 29936

  • Thursday, May 09, 2024 1:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Step into the captivating world of living legacies at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage. We are excited to introduce a series of new South Carolina Museum Tours offering  unique insights into the history and culture of the Catawba Nation and the Gullah people of Sandy Island.


    "Living Legacy Tours" focus on exhibits that celebrate history and the present day by shining a light on communities that made a significant impact on our region and are still doing so today.

    Please join us on May 18, 2024, from 3:00 to 4:00 PM for an enriching exploration of these two highly unique groups of South Carolina residents. Register here: https://www.morrisheritagecenter.org/event-5673881

    About the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage

    Located in downtown Ridgeland, SC, the Morris Center serves as the perfect venue for this immersive experience. Nestled in the heart of the Lowcountry and easily accessible off the 95 corridor, our center is dedicated to preserving and promoting the diverse heritage of the region.

    During the tour, you'll have the opportunity to delve into the rich history and traditions of the Catawba Nation and the Gullah community through engaging exhibits and informative presentations. 

    Learn how these communities are preserving their legacies and discover the cultural significance of their enduring traditions.

    Whether you're a history enthusiast, a cultural aficionado, or simply curious about the living legacies of the Lowcountry, these South Carolina museum tours offer something for everyone to enjoy. Join us as we celebrate the resilience, ingenuity, and spirit of the Catawba and Gullah people and gain a deeper understanding of their contributions to the cultural tapestry of the region.

    Spaces for "Living Legacy Tours" are limited in May, so be sure to reserve your spot!

    Can’t make it in May? We’re offering this tour multiple times and we invite you to reserve the date that works best for you: 

    1. Saturday, June 22, 2024, 11:00 AM 12:00 PM (EDT)

    2. Saturday, September 07, 2024, 11:00 AM 12:00 PM (EDT)

    3. Saturday, October 05, 2024, 3:00 PM 4:00 PM (EDT)

    4. Saturday, January 11, 2025, 11:00 AM 12:00 PM (EST)

    5. Saturday, February 08, 2025, 3:00 PM 4:00 PM (EST)

    To register for any of these dates, please click here. We look forward to welcoming you to this enlightening journey through living history!
  • Tuesday, April 30, 2024 1:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Experience the power of community and conservation at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage as we present "Saving Sandy Island," a documentary that chronicles the remarkable journey to protect one of South Carolina's most precious natural treasures. 


    Join us on May 17, 2024, at 6:00 PM for a screening that celebrates the resilience and determination of those who fought to preserve Sandy Island and its Gullah community.

    Part of the esteemed Carolina Stories Series presented by SCETV, "Saving Sandy Island" offers a poignant portrayal of the battle to safeguard this unique locale from the threat of urbanization. 

    Sandy Island, with its endangered species and pristine longleaf pine forests, serves as a symbol of the ecological richness and cultural heritage of the Lowcountry.

    Through captivating storytelling, the documentary explores the inspiring collaboration among conservationists, government bodies, entrepreneurs, and local residents who came together to protect Sandy Island and uphold its legacy for future generations. 

    From the initial challenges to the eventual triumphs, "Saving Sandy Island" is a testament to the power of collective action and the enduring spirit of preservation.

    Located in downtown Ridgeland, SC, the Morris Center provides the perfect setting for this special screening. This event is open to the public and complimentary for all, with a suggested $5 donation.

    Join us on May 17 for an evening of enlightenment! Register here: https://morrisheritagecenter.org/event-5549423



  • Monday, April 22, 2024 8:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you are searching for Lowcountry graduation party venues, we invite you to learn more about us!

     

    We offer a historically significant, unique and memorable venue in the heart of the Lowcountry, centrally located in Ridgeland off 95 - a quick drive from locations like Beaufort, Bluffton, Okatie and beyond. 

    As graduation season approaches, we are ready to help you host the perfect celebration to honor your graduate's achievements!

    Versatile Event Spaces

    Our large building features a variety of event spaces, including our banquet hall event space, the outdoor courtyard, and the option to experience the museum located within the historic Sinclair Gas Station. 

    From a casual gathering to a sit-down dinner party, our experienced event staff will work with you to create a celebration that reflects your graduate's style and personality.

    The Morris Center offers a large, fully customizable event venue for groups of all sizes and fits up to 140 people comfortably. 

    The rates for venue rentals on Monday to Thursday start at $750 and Friday, Saturday or Sunday start at $1,000 - nonprofit organizations are eligible for a 10% discount!

    Included in your cost are:

    • 72” round tables (seat 10 each)

    • Black resin Chiavari chairs with plush cushions

    • High-speed wi-fi

    • Blackout blinds

    See more information here.

    Cultural Immersion

    Here, your party becomes more than just a celebration—it's an opportunity to immerse your guests in the rich history and culture of the Lowcountry. 

    Our museum galleries showcase fascinating exhibits that highlight the region's unique heritage, providing a thought-provoking and educational backdrop for your event. 

    Your guests will thoroughly enjoy your party while having the opportunity to explore the stories and traditions that make the Lowcountry truly special as part of this venue rental.


    Customizable Packages

    To ensure that your graduation party exceeds your expectations, the Morris Center offers customizable event packages tailored to your specific needs and preferences. 

    We have a full commercial kitchen enabling you to bring in any type of food and beverage service you like. 

    Whether you're looking for full-service catering recommendations, audiovisual equipment rentals, or assistance with event planning and coordination, our dedicated team is here to help every step of the way. 

    With our attention to detail and commitment to excellence, you can relax and enjoy every moment of your graduate's special day.

    Convenient Location

    Located in the heart of Ridgeland, South Carolina, the Morris Center is easily accessible from major highways and airports, making it a convenient choice for guests traveling from near and far. 

    Our central location also offers plenty of nearby accommodations in Ridgeland and neighboring locations!

    When it comes to hosting a party that stands out, the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage offers a completely unique and affordable venue rental for any occasion.

    Contact us today with questions about Lowcountry graduation venues: call 843-284-9227, email us at info@morrisheritagecenter.org or click here to complete the venue rental application: https://www.morrisheritagecenter.org/Venue-Rental

  • Friday, April 19, 2024 10:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage is proud to announce the opening of our newest exhibition, "Sandy Islanders: A People of the Land." As a valued member of our community, we cordially invite you to visit this new exhibition!


    Beginning on May 11, 2024 you have the opportunity to explore the rich history and culture of the remote community of Sandy Island. Delve into the lives of the residents through captivating photography and interviews.

    Peruse the exhibit at your own pace or schedule a guided tour where you can enjoy insightful discussions about the unique stories and experiences shared by the Sandy Islanders. Gain a deeper understanding of their connection to the land and the challenges they face in preserving their way of life.

    As with all of our exhibits, we offer an exclusive member preview prior to the public opening. This exhibit’s member preview was held on May 9 and offered our valued members an enlightening and enriching experience!



    To reserve a guided tour at any time, or to request more information, please contact us at 843-284-9227 or info@morrisheritagecenter.org.

    We look forward to welcoming you to the Morris Center!

  • Monday, April 15, 2024 10:31 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Nestled in the Ridgeland area of the South Carolina Lowcountry, the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage stands as a testament to the region's rich history and vibrant culture. 


    Those who live in or have visited Ridgeland, SC are familiar with the antique Sinclair Gas Station on the corner of Main Street. 

    For those who have yet to stop by, it’s always a fun surprise when they realize the nostalgic green landmark is actually the heritage center!

    Let’s explore the remarkable evolution of the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage as it transformed from a gas station and antique shop into the beloved venue it is today.

    A Historic Landmark Reimagined

    In the 1970’s, Danny Morris established an antique refinishing business in the building that now serves as the Morris Center’s venue hall. Danny eventually bought more buildings and started the first Handy Dan’s convenience store and gas station. 

    Back then, the Morris Center's building served as a Sinclair Service Station, catering to travelers along the increasingly busy Interstate 95.

    Danny was an avid historian and dedicated his life to the preservation of Ridgeland and Lowcountry history. He was an active member of the Jasper County Historical Society and led the restoration of many of the county’s historical markers.


    Preserving the Past, Embracing the Future

    In 2005, Danny passed away at the young age of 53. As part of his legacy, he provided the funds for a foundation to capture the spirit of his community and nourish its soul. 

    Community leaders saw the potential to breathe new life into the historic buildings he owned while preserving Danny’s legacy for future generations. Thus, the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage was born.

    Through meticulous restoration efforts and a commitment to honoring the region's heritage, the former gas station was transformed into a widely lauded museum and cultural center.


    Ensuring Everyone Can Celebrate Lowcountry Heritage

    Today, the Morris Center stands as a beacon of cultural preservation and celebration, outside of the hustle and bustle of towns like Hilton Head, Savannah and Charleston. 

    Danny’s focus was making sure people of all ages, backgrounds and economic standing had ample access to learn about the beauty and relevance of Lowcountry culture and history.

    The center resides in Jasper County, one of the most underserved counties in SC in terms of educational resources and access. The Morris Center has actively taken the lead in changing this statistic, offering complimentary access to their exhibits as well as teacher resources, a grant-funded field trip program, and countless community events for local families.


    The museum itself draws visitors from all over the state, north Georgia and beyond. From interactive exhibits and educational programs to special events and community outreach initiatives, the center serves as a vital resource for the local community.

    Exploring a Morris Center Membership

    While admission is always free with a suggested $5 donation, visitors and supporters are invited to become members of the center for only $25 a year. This membership includes first access to private exhibit tours, event registrations, venue usage and more. 

    For those who may not be able to visit regularly but want to help ensure the next generation has access to cultural experiences, we invite you to help us honor Danny’s legacy by joining here.

    Conclusion

    From its 20th century beginnings as a gas station to its current incarnation as a cultural gem, the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage serves as a shining example of the power of preservation and the enduring spirit of community. 

    As we look to the future, we remain committed to our mission of preserving, interpreting, and celebrating the history and culture of the South Carolina Lowcountry. 

    Whether you're a history buff, an art enthusiast, an educator, or simply curious about the rich tapestry of the Lowcountry, the Morris Center invites you to embark on a journey of discovery and celebration. Come explore the evolution of the Morris Center and experience the magic of the South Carolina Lowcountry firsthand.

  • Wednesday, April 10, 2024 11:34 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Join us for a memorable exploration of the Yamassee legacy at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage's special event, "Yamassee Legacy," on April 27, 2024. From 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Yamassee people.


    Originating from the Southeastern United States, the Yamassee have long been stewards of the land and guardians of a vibrant cultural heritage. Through their deep connection to nature, their reverence for tradition, and their commitment to community, they have preserved a legacy that is as enduring as it is inspiring.

    During this unique event, guests will have the opportunity to learn about the history, customs, and traditions of the Yamassee through interactive exhibits, informative presentations, and hands-on activities. Explore the significance of Yamassee art, music, cuisine, and storytelling, and gain a deeper understanding of the values that have sustained their culture for centuries.

    Located in downtown Ridgeland, SC, the Morris Center provides the ideal setting for this celebration of cultural heritage. Located in a historical Sinclair gas station and former antiques store, the center is a testament to the historical richness of the region.


    Whether you're a longtime admirer of Lowcountry heritage or a newcomer eager to learn more, "Yamassee Legacy" offers a rewarding and enlightening experience for all. Join us as we honor the past, celebrate the present, and nurture a legacy that will endure for generations to come.

    Spaces for "Yamassee Legacy" are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot early. To register or for more information, please visit morrisheritagecenter.org/event-5673023 or contact us at 843-284-9227. We look forward to welcoming you!



  • Monday, April 08, 2024 12:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    We are thrilled to announce the eagerly awaited grand opening of our latest exhibit, "The Language of Clay," which took place here at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage on March 2nd.

    This captivating showcase delves into the rich history and cultural significance of clay and pottery to the Catawba Nation of South Carolina. 

    Visitors of all ages can now take a journey through time, exploring the artistry, traditions, and stories woven into every clay creation on display. As always, exhibits at the Morris Center are free and open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

    Exploring the Legacy of Clay

    Curated by and on loan from the University of South Carolina Lancaster, The Language of Clay exhibit invites you to learn about how pottery making is the single most unbroken material tradition of the Catawba Nation's long history. 

    Dozens of clay pottery pieces created by Catawba artisans from the 19th century to the present are here to view and examine. Each piece represents various Catawba traditions and legends. 


    Learn about the techniques passed down through generations, the cultural influences shaping each piece, and the role of pottery in everyday life. 

    Discover the stories behind the hands that shape the clay through oral histories and stories from those who are preserving pottery-making traditions. 

    Guests of the museum will gain insight into their creative processes, inspirations, and the significance of their work in preserving Catawba heritage.

    Meet the Artisans

    At the heart of "The Language of Clay" are the talented artisans who breathe life into clay. The exhibition highlights the Catawba tribe’s rich cultural legacy, inviting patrons to gain a deeper understanding of the artistry and significance embedded in each clay creation. 

    Together with the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, we are offering live demonstrations workshops where guests can see local artisans hand-build with clay. Secure your complimentary seat at these workshops here. 

    Interactive Guided Tours

    "The Language of Clay" goes beyond the surface to uncover the hidden stories embedded in each piece of pottery. You are invited to join us for complimentary guided tours on the following dates:

    1. Tuesday, April 09, 2024, 6:00 - 7:00 PM 

    2. Friday, April 19, 2024, 1:00 - 2:00 PM 

    3. Thursday, May 02, 2024, 5:00 - 6:00 PM 

    4. Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 2:00 - 3:00 PM 

    Register for your preferred tour date here. 

    Uncovering Hidden Stories

    Experience the magic of clay firsthand with our interactive exhibits designed for all ages. Roll up your sleeves and try your hand at pottery-making techniques under the guidance of experienced artisans. Explore the textures, colors, and shapes of clay through sensory stations and hands-on activities that bring the art of pottery to life.

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    Conclusion

    "The Language of Clay" promises to be a truly immersive and enlightening experience for all who visit. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the art, history, and cultural significance of clay in the Lowcountry. Come discover the stories waiting to be told in every piece of pottery, and experience the magic of clay firsthand at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage.



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Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage

CONTACT

843-284-9227
info@morrisheritagecenter.org

MAILING ADDRESS

PO Box 1116
Ridgeland, SC 29936


MUSEUM HOURS

Tuesday - Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

PHYSICAL ADDRESS

10782 S. Jacob Smart Blvd.
Ridgeland, SC 29936

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