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Back to School for Historic Charleston Foundation! A Year in Review with Carin Bloom

Posted: September 5, 2023

As the new school year starts, we highlight a few of our most impactful student visits from the past year to showcase the range of custom-designed tours that can be imagined with Historic Charleston Foundation. The Foundation’s historic buildings – Nathaniel Russell House, Aiken-Rhett House, and Capt. James Missroon House – are unique resources in our city and beautifully suited to tours for college and graduate students following specific courses of study.

Justin Schwebler, Properties Manager, tours students at the NRH

CofC students under 40 East Bay, Granville’s Bastion

As we move into the 2023-2024 school year, we have a number of similarly-customized specialty tours on the horizon, including a freshman seminar from The Citadel coming to the Aiken-Rhett House to study architectural and landscape evolution, a class from the American College of the Building Arts that will get a deep-dive tour with Justin Schwebler, and an interiors-focused history class from the College of Charleston fora specialty tour with Museums Director Grahame Long, examining the furnishings, decorative arts, and interior design features of the Russell House. In case you think that our customizable educational offerings begin and end with our museums, we assure you they do not! Aiken-Rhett Manager Valerie Perry will be bringing hundreds of students on city walking tours over the course of two months, focusing on sites associated with the popular novel The Invention of Wings.

As much as this review covers, it still does not include our primary school programming. With field trip opportunities to both houses, and an option to have HCF visit the classroom, there are plenty of ways we enjoy reaching our K-12 audience. The Foundation looks forward to another successful season of primary school field trips and specialty-focused higher education tours. We wish all students heading back to school a fun first semester, and a successful academic year!

-Carin Bloom, Manager of Education and Programming

If you have any questions, or would like to bring a student group to the Historic Charleston Foundation House Museums, please contact Manager of Education and Programming Carin Bloom at [email protected].

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