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Public Information and Education

On this page, you will find links to websites and educational curricula that involve South Carolina's historic places. The South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office has begun placing greater emphasis on developing public education materials as mitigation through the Review and Compliance Program. More and more projects that involve public information are being developed and will be posted as they are completed.

Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) uses properties listed in the National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. 

The following lesson plans involving South Carolina resources can be found on the Teaching with Historic Places website:

The South Carolina Department of Parks, Recreation, & Tourism’s Discover Carolina educational initiative - Discover History Tract provides enlightening lesson plans and activities based on state academic standards that utilize visits to South Carolina’s State Parks, State House, and State Historic Sites.

The Society for American Archaeology provides resources for educators, archaeologists, and the public, including lesson plans and much more.

The SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA) promotes an annual educational poster and list of educational events and programs held in conjunction with SC Archaeology Month.

Public Education Materials Developed as Mitigation

The Chicora Foundation offers a variety of curricula materials developed for the state's cultural resources. Benjamin Mazyck, The Mystery Man of Goose Creek curriculum was developed as partial mitigation for development activities in Berkeley County, South Carolina. It is a curriculum for the study of eighteenth century South Carolina Huguenots, rice plantations, and slavery.

Coosaw Rivers Estates Tract, Ladys Island, Beaufort County
Recent archaeological and historical investigations at the Coosaw River Estates tract have unearthed a wealth of data on this small but interesting portion of Beaufort County. By combining the information gathered from historic documents with the artifacts recovered from archaeological excavations, archaeologists are able to determine who lived on the island, when they lived there, and how these people lived their daily lives.

SCE&G’s Stevens Creek and Neal Shoals Hydroelectric Projects,
multiple counties
Archaeological investigations conducted within the relicensing project area of these two SCE&G facilities resulted in the recording of numerous prehistoric and historic sites which provide valuable information about past lifeways.

Beneath These Waters, Archeological and Historical Studies of 11,500 Years Along the Savannah River, is an interpretation for a general audience of archeological and historical research conducted in the Richard B. Russell Multiple Resource Area from 1969 through 1985. This research preceded building of the Richard B. Russell Dam and Lake. Archeologists and others investigated prehistoric and historic sites in Elbert and Hart Counties in Georgia, and Abbeville and Anderson Counties in South Carolina.

In Those Days: African-American Life Near the Savannah River, is an oral history from elderly African Americans in Elbert Co., Georgia, and Abbeville Co., South Carolina. The oral histories were collected by researchers as part of the Richard B. Russell Dam construction in the early 1980's.

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