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Charleston, SC 29401
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Located inside the campus of Medical University of South Carolina, The Waring Historic Library houses many books on South Carolina's Medical history. There are books on military medicine as well as other disciplines in the medical field. Boasting of a collection of over 12,000 books and other manuscripts and journals, the library also exhibits medical artifacts. These include surgery cases, bleeding equipment, dental equipment and chairs and saddle bags, among others. The Library was named after its first director, Joseph I. Waring, M.D, and today sees a host of medicine enthusiasts, doctors and regular visitors at its doorstep.
If you are in Charleston, St. Lukes Chapel is a historic place that you must visit. Originally built between 1825 and 1832 as a part of Federal arsenal, this non-denominational chapel is now possessed by the Medical University of South Carolina. The turn-of-the-century interiors, the exquisitely designed kneeling bench and the Margaret S. Metcalf tracker organ, have their own story to tell. Apart from its significance in history, this church also is a prominent venue for religious ceremonies, memorial services and other diverse events. Visit this church to worship God or plan an event here, this church meets all the needs.
Founded by immigrant Polish and Prussian Jews who came to Charleston in the 19th and early 20th century, this synagogue is steeped in history. The synagogue holds adult education classes, Shabbat and Sukkot dinners, minyans and the famous Myrtle Beach Shabbaton. The synagogue also prepares Glatt Kosher meals for local hospitals. The prayer house is also available for weddings and special occasions. It forms the perfect backdrop for an traditional Jewish wedding. Contact the church for open hours or check website for events and services.
The main mission of this research center is to collect and preserve the rich history and culture of African Americans in Charleston and South Carolina. Established in 1985, the museum has documented the history of the slave trade, civil and women's rights movement. The center maintains an archive of rich material which is used by researchers, scholars and public alike. A cultural center and a gift shop are additional attractions. The center actively sponsors conferences and exhibits to promote Afro-American culture and history. A number of promotional events and study programs are held periodically.
Bethel United Methodist Church has several active ministries like the prayer ministry, music ministry and the outreach ministry which provides service to the needy in a variety of ways. The church helps in providing food from local kitchens to the homeless and assists in disaster relief. The church facilities are also available for weddings and receptions. The chapel can comfortably seat around 100 and the Fellowship Hall can accommodate around 125 seated guests. Sunday School class is conducted for adults where the Bible study takes center stage.
Summerall Chapel located in the Citadel is an epitome of architecture meets beauty. This historic structure has 14th Century Gothic design. With beautifully done interiors and handcrafted wrought iron lighting fixtures, it also houses flags from 50 states that hang from its ceiling. The windows are made of stained glass that depict different events in the life of Christ. The whole mood and ambiance of this chapel is pure and spiritual.
The Addlestone Library, or the Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library, is the main library of the College of Charleston. It is home to special collections, the center for student learning, the main campus computer lab, the media collection, and the Java City Cafe. The library can hold one million volumes of books and can seat 1400, all on hickory leather chairs. It also supports researchers with 460 computers. The library offers various services including a special collection evaluation and acquisitions department, which organizes, preserves, and makes available printed and archival materials including the College archives, rare books and pamphlets. They also publish all material related to the history of South Carolina and keep rare manuscript collections.
Considered one of the first African American churches built in Charleston, the Central Baptist Church is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Designed in a Gothic and Italianate architectural style and completed in 1893, one of its greatest features are the Medieval Florentine folk art murals depicting biblical scenes. Located between Coming and St. Philip Streets, the two-story church has a small parking area on the side. There have been additions and modifications over the years. Those interested in history, architecture and Charleston's religious houses will find this church well worth a visit. Call the church for open and tour hours. -Natasha Lawrence
Located in Charleston's historioc district, the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul is dedicated to the Episcopalians in South Carolina. Various concerts take place at this venue like the 'College of Charleston Concert Choir', 'Westminster Choir Concert' and 'Scott Bennett Organ Recital' to name a few. There are various ministries operating under the church like 'Children Chapel', Seamen's Ministry' and 'Episcopal Church Women'. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the church has a major contribution in the history of Charleston.
The side of the old Tivoli building downtown has been given an upgrade with the addition of a mural by a local artist. Shepard Fairy, best known for his creation of the "Hope" image used widely during Barrack Obama's first presidential campaign painted Power & Glory in black, red, and cream hues, creating a bold image.
Located in downtown Charleston, Alterman Studios Gallery was founded in 1980 and measures 6,000 square-feet, making it the largest photography complex. This complex has the Alterman Gallery, Jack Alterman's professional photography services, and the Charleston Center for Photography and Custom Services of Black & White, Copy, and Digital services. They also promote and teach the craft of photography and offer instruction for photographers at all levels of expertise. They also hold workshops on special topics like digital printing, wedding photography and studio lighting that helps add to a photographers skills.
St. Matthew's Lutheran Church has more to it besides prayers and sermons. It is actively involved in development and enrichment of the community it caters to. The environment and outlook of this church encourages its patrons to explore and learn. The church also houses the Community Outreach Centre that is dedicated for the development and betterment of the lees fortunate people.