169th Annual Meeting

Join us in Charleston, SC for the South Carolina Historical Society’s 169th Annual Meeting! The day’s events will include a business meeting, mimosa social, and luncheon featuring this year’s keynote speaker Elizabeth Chew, Ph.D., the Society’s new CEO.

Elizabeth Chew, the new Chief Executive Officer at SCHS, will introduce herself to the Society’s membership and speak about the importance for South Carolinians today to understand both the centrality of their state to the story of the nation and the Founders’ expectations that education would ensure citizens’ essential participation in a self-governing republic.

Raised in Augusta, Georgia, Chew received a BA in art history from Yale University, an MA from the University of London, and PhD from UNC-Chapel Hill. During her eight and a half years at Montpelier, Chew led teams of curators, historians, educators, interpreters, public program creators, archaeologists, and historic preservation experts in researching and interpreting James Madison and his family, his essential role in framing the U.S. Constitution and leading the nation, and the community of enslaved people who made Madison’s achievements possible. Chew worked closely with the Montpelier Descendants Committee, the organization that represents and is led by the descendants of those enslaved there, in achieving structural parity in the governance and operation of the site. Prior to joining Montpelier, Chew led the curatorial and education division at Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem, NC. Earlier in her career, she worked as a Curator at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. During her thirteen-year tenure there, Chew was responsible for ongoing research and interpretation initiatives that wove together the Monticello house, its collections, the Jefferson family, and the enslaved community. Chew has also worked in curatorial positions at The Phillips Collection, the National Gallery of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Registration includes access to tour the grounds at Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, the birthplace of South Carolina.

Tickets Prices:

  • Individual, SCHS member – $75.00
  • Individual, non-member – $85.00

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Contact Hannah at (843) 723-3225 ext. 111 or hannah.mooney@schsonline.org with questions.

Event Details

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2024
Time: 11:00 AM- 2:00 PM
Location: Founders Hall, Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site; 1500 Old Towne Rd, Charleston, SC 29407

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