“Life in the Mansion” exhibit

Ever wonder what it was like to live in the Governor’s Mansion?  Now you can find out!

The “Life in the Mansion” exhibit is the newest addition to the SCPC gallery and highlights the many experiences and memories held by South Carolina Governors and their families.

Among the three exhibit cases, you will discover what the Governors thought about having prisoners as employees, how the Mansion evolved with time, and how the families accommodated to living in what many consider a museum.  Whether it is Governor Beasley playing hooky from a function or Governor Riley accidentally greeting visitors in the hallway in only a towel, this exhibit shares a rare side of the families seldom seen by the public.  Keep an eye out for Mischief in the Mansion, a book written by Marshall, Landon, Bolton and Blake Sanford, which also reveals life within the Mansion.

The quotes in the exhibit are taken from former Dean of Libraries George Terry’s oral history interviews with the First Families and complement the many pictures held within the collections.  If you would like to learn more about our governors, see the papers of Olin D. Johnston, George Bell Timmerman, Fritz Hollings, Donald Russell, Robert McNair and John West, all of which are open for study.

The exhibit will be up through the summer giving you plenty of time to see for yourself why “Life in the Mansion” is one of SCPC’s most entertaining exhibits.

~Contributed by Katharine Klein

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