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\x34Historically Yours\x34 by Liz Davis is a blog about American historical trivia--anything American since 1492.

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January 12, 1773

America's First Museum

     A museum is a building, place, or institution devoted to the acquisition, conservation, study, exhibition, and educational interpretation of objects having scientific, historical, or artistic value.

     South Carolina was still a British colony when the Charleston Museum was founded in 1773 and is regarded as America's first museum. A fire destroyed many of the original collections in 1778, and operations were suspended during the Revolutionary War and again during the War Between the States.

www.thefreedictionary.com/museum

www.charlestonmuseum.org

 

 

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