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Educational Programs

Museum School

The Cayce Historical Museum now offers activity based educational programs coordinated to fit South Carolina State Standards. The museum currently offers two programs, and is actively working to develop more. Make sure to check back for more updates, or visit the museum’s Facebook page for the most up-to-date news and events.

Interpreting Cultural Artifacts though Native American Pottery uses the museum’s collection of Native American artifacts – one of the largest collections in the Southeast – to explore the deep Native American history in the Midlands. Following a tour of the museum, students will embark on a brief nature hike through the museum’s trail and boardwalk to the Granby Pavilion, on the hike they will learn about, and identify, various indigenous plants Southeastern Native Americans used for food, medicinal, and ceremonial purposes. At the Granby Pavilion, the students create and decorate their own piece of “Native American” pottery, and use pottery sherds from the Museum’s collection to date and identify their own pots.

Our Indigo in South Carolina and Midlands History program uses the museum’s collections and historic grounds to explore the importance of indigo, and indigo dyeing, in world history, South Carolina history, and Midlands history. Following a tour of the museum, students will participate in an activity using natural indigo dye to tie-dye their own shirt. During this activity, students will learn about the dye making process, and museum staff will use artifacts from the collection to discuss the types of indigo grown in South Carolina, and illustrate how the plant was cultivated. Due to staffing and material constraints, we ask group sizes to be limited to 5-30 children during this program.

Travelling Programs
The Museum now offers travelling programs, perfect to use in the classroom!

Our Midlands Archaeology program uses artifacts and hands on learning to introduce students to the field of archaeology, the scientific method, and cultural characteristics of indigenous Southeastern tribes.

Students begin the lesson with an introduction to the field of archaeology and the methods archaeologists use to study the past. Students will learn about stratigraphy – the study of soil layers – and the difference between an observation and an inference in the “Trash Can Archaeology” activity. This activity helps students to better understand how important historical context is to archaeologists when deciphering the past. Following this activity, students learn about the different periods of Native American settlement in the Southeast, and how those periods are represented in the soil. To help students better understand these concepts, they will work together to identify real artifacts from Museum’s collection of potsherds and projectile points. This activity encourages critical thinking while creating a deeper understanding of archaeology as a discipline, the scientific method, and cultural characteristics of Southeastern tribes.


All group tours and educational programs are free as long as they are scheduled in advance. Please allow a minimum of one weeks’ notice when scheduling educational tours. You can book a group tour or educational program by e-mailing our staff at [email protected], or calling us at 803-550-9530.

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