A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Friday to open its the new Georgetown County Museum. The new facility located on Broad Street is three times bigger than its former building and is the new home for the artifacts and history of Georgetown.
Museum director Jill Santopietro said the new facility is a far cry from what was being used. “We moved from what was a small house with one story into a county building,” she told South Carolina Radio Network shortly before the ceremony. Santopietro said gallery space has doubled in this new museum building.
The Georgetown County Historical Society is the source of the core collection of artifacts housed in the museum and is the parent non-profit of the museum. But this new building will not only have more room for the souvenirs of history but it also includes a space that will be used in various ways. Santopietro said the space can be used as a simple gathering space, a meeting place for speaker events, and even as a classroom. But the space will also be used for research.
Santopietro says that at least one phone call a day comes from someone requesting help with genealogy research or seeking Georgetown County documents. “One of the things we are adding is that we have become an affiliate of the Church of the Latter Day Saints Family History Unit,” she said, adding the affiliation will enable anyone to access the database in Utah through the museum. “If you are a local and you are looking for information about your family or if you are a visitor and you want to know how to access Georgetown’s County’s deep history, we are here to help you do that.”
At the same time, the Georgetown County Museum will continue its capacity as a museum. Santopietro said a traditional gallery collection remains, complete with the core collection from the historical society. The collection will continue to be researched and investigated.
Sheree Bernardi of Charleston affiliate WTMA filed this report