Join the Friends of the Owens-Thomas House
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Friends of the Owens-Thomas House, or FOT, is a member engagement group whose assistance allows the Owens-Thomas House & Slave Quarters to continue its preservation efforts, interpretation development, and visitor programming. The group enjoys special access to the Owens-Thomas House through garden parties, lectures, and tours. In addition, opportunities to meet and socialize with others interested in architecture, decorative arts, gardening, and history are scheduled throughout the year, as well as local and regional field trips to historic sites.
Join the Friends of the Owens-Thomas House for
Dinner with the Experts: Sundays at 6:30pm
Save the date for our upcoming series:
Lecture Series II: November 1, 8, 15
Furnished: Explorations of 18th- and 19th- Century American Decorative Arts
Lecture Series III: January 3, 10, 17
Slavery or its Absence: The Art History of the Plantation South
Lecture Series IV: March 21, 28 and April 11
A Matter of Materials: Preservation, Conservation, and Restoration
April Keynote / Garden Party Lecture: April 25
September 13, 2020 “A Really Old Door…”: Rediscovering Nathaniel Russell House’s Kitchen House by Grahame Long, Director of Museums at Historic Charleston FoundationConstructed circa 1808, a rear outbuilding of the Nathaniel Russell House originally held a cook room, a laundry, and three living chambers for its enslaved. It was said, however, that mid-20th century renovations had destroyed all remnants of its original fabric. Those beliefs were false. Discovering new data in 2019, Historic Charleston Foundation began peeling back modern materials within the Nathaniel Russell House’s kitchen and quarters to expose original construction and new data once thought lost. These discoveries are, at last, providing crucial representation to the enslaved who once toiled there. Grahame Long is the director of museums for Historic Charleston Foundation. He has authored three books, published numerous articles, and lectured extensively throughout the southeast on various topics concerning material culture, decorative arts, and social histories of the Carolina Lowcountry.
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