Coastal Discovery Museum Becomes Smithsonian Affiliate

Written by Natalie Hefter on December 16th 2015.

The Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island is has just become a Smithsonian Affiliate, joining over 200 museums,and other educational organizations across the county in this prestigous partnership. Affiliates are chosen for their record of scholarship, professionalism, high quality exhibits, and effective museum educational programs.

 

Established in 1996, the affiliation program works with those selected to "enrich communities with Smithsonian resources." As affiliate members, Coastal Discovery museum staff, for example, would be able to take advantage of professional development and continuing education programs offered through the institution. Staff members and educators would also have access to the Smithsonian's many wide and varied resources, many of which are online.

  

Currently, there are four museums in South Carolina that are Smithsonian Affiliates. 3 of the 4 are SCFM members!

  • York County Culture and Heritage Museums – Rock Hill
  • South Carolina State Museum – Columbia
  • The Children’s Museum of the Upcountry – Greenville
  • Upcountry History Museum - Furman University - Greenville

To read more about the new partnership, check out this article from The Island Packet

You can also visit the Coastal Discovery Museum webpage to find out more about the museum and all of it's many exhibits and programs. 

From left, Harold Closter, Director of Smithsonian Affiliations, hands a certificate of affiliation to Coastal Discovery Museum President Rex Garniewicz and board chairman Fred Manske. The announcement that the local museum had been named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution was made before the start of a lecture event on Wednesday at Coligny Theatre.
From left, Harold Closter, Director of Smithsonian Affiliations, hands a certificate of affiliation to Coastal Discovery Museum President Rex Garniewicz and board chairman Fred Manske. The announcement that the local museum had been named an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution was made before the start of a lecture event on Wednesday at Coligny Theatre.

Photo by: Jay Karr jkarr@islandpacket.com 

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