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  • Wednesday, April 10, 2024 11:34 AM | Anonymous

    Join us for a memorable exploration of the Yamassee legacy at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage's special event, "Yamassee Legacy," on April 27, 2024. From 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM, immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage and traditions of the Yamassee people.

    Originating from the Southeastern United States, the Yamassee have long been stewards of the land and guardians of a vibrant cultural heritage. Through their deep connection to nature, their reverence for tradition, and their commitment to community, they have preserved a legacy that is as enduring as it is inspiring.

    During this unique event, guests will have the opportunity to learn about the history, customs, and traditions of the Yamassee through interactive exhibits, informative presentations, and hands-on activities. Explore the significance of Yamassee art, music, cuisine, and storytelling, and gain a deeper understanding of the values that have sustained their culture for centuries.

    Located in downtown Ridgeland, SC, the Morris Center provides the ideal setting for this celebration of cultural heritage. Located in a historical Sinclair gas station and former antiques store, the center is a testament to the historical richness of the region.

    Whether you're a longtime admirer of Lowcountry heritage or a newcomer eager to learn more, "Yamassee Legacy" offers a rewarding and enlightening experience for all. Join us as we honor the past, celebrate the present, and nurture a legacy that will endure for generations to come.

    Spaces for "Yamassee Legacy" are limited, so be sure to reserve your spot early. To register or for more information, please visit or contact us at 843-284-9227. We look forward to welcoming you!

  • Monday, April 08, 2024 12:15 PM | Anonymous

    We are thrilled to announce the eagerly awaited grand opening of our latest exhibit, "The Language of Clay," which took place here at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage on March 2nd.

    This captivating showcase delves into the rich history and cultural significance of clay and pottery to the Catawba Nation of South Carolina. 

    Visitors of all ages can now take a journey through time, exploring the artistry, traditions, and stories woven into every clay creation on display. As always, exhibits at the Morris Center are free and open to the public Tuesday - Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

    Exploring the Legacy of Clay

    Curated by and on loan from the University of South Carolina Lancaster, The Language of Clay exhibit invites you to learn about how pottery making is the single most unbroken material tradition of the Catawba Nation's long history. 

    Dozens of clay pottery pieces created by Catawba artisans from the 19th century to the present are here to view and examine. Each piece represents various Catawba traditions and legends. 

    Learn about the techniques passed down through generations, the cultural influences shaping each piece, and the role of pottery in everyday life. 

    Discover the stories behind the hands that shape the clay through oral histories and stories from those who are preserving pottery-making traditions. 

    Guests of the museum will gain insight into their creative processes, inspirations, and the significance of their work in preserving Catawba heritage.

    Meet the Artisans

    At the heart of "The Language of Clay" are the talented artisans who breathe life into clay. The exhibition highlights the Catawba tribe’s rich cultural legacy, inviting patrons to gain a deeper understanding of the artistry and significance embedded in each clay creation. 

    Together with the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, we are offering live demonstrations workshops where guests can see local artisans hand-build with clay. Secure your complimentary seat at these workshops here. 

    Interactive Guided Tours

    "The Language of Clay" goes beyond the surface to uncover the hidden stories embedded in each piece of pottery. You are invited to join us for complimentary guided tours on the following dates:

    1. Tuesday, April 09, 2024, 6:00 - 7:00 PM 

    2. Friday, April 19, 2024, 1:00 - 2:00 PM 

    3. Thursday, May 02, 2024, 5:00 - 6:00 PM 

    4. Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 2:00 - 3:00 PM 

    Register for your preferred tour date here. 

    Uncovering Hidden Stories

    Experience the magic of clay firsthand with our interactive exhibits designed for all ages. Roll up your sleeves and try your hand at pottery-making techniques under the guidance of experienced artisans. Explore the textures, colors, and shapes of clay through sensory stations and hands-on activities that bring the art of pottery to life.

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    "The Language of Clay" promises to be a truly immersive and enlightening experience for all who visit. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the art, history, and cultural significance of clay in the Lowcountry. Come discover the stories waiting to be told in every piece of pottery, and experience the magic of clay firsthand at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage.

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2024 3:11 PM | Anonymous

    We cordially invite you to attend Morris Center's annual Spring tea party on May 11th from 12-1:30pm!

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    Join us for a unique tea experience as Dr. Kirsten Iden from USC Salkehatchie unravels the captivating textile history of Eliza Lucas Pinckney.

    Reserve Your Seat Here

    Members: $36 / Non Members: $40

    Become a member for only $25/yr and enjoy countless perks as you support the preservation and sharing of Lowcountry culture and history.

    Enjoy a variety of teas, savor delectable treats, and delve into the intricate world of fabrics that shaped the legacy of Eliza Lucas Pinckney.

    Whether you're a history buff, a textile enthusiast, or simply a tea lover, this afternoon promises to be a blend of knowledge, flavor, and the rich tapestry of Eliza's life.

    Eliza Louise Pinckney

    Secure your spot for a tea party where each sip is a step into the textured past!

    Reserve Your Seat Here

  • Tuesday, March 12, 2024 3:58 PM | Anonymous

    Welcome to the cultural heartbeat of Ridgeland, South Carolina! At the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage, we are dedicated to celebrating the rich tapestry of history, art, and culture that defines the Lowcountry region. 

    Join us as we take a closer look at the exciting lineup of events happening at the Morris Center and discover how you can immerse yourself in the vibrant traditions born here.

    Spring Cultural Events

    From engaging workshops and interactive exhibits, there's always something happening at the Morris Center. Our calendar is brimming with events designed to educate, entertain, and inspire visitors of all ages. This Spring, please join us for any (or all) of our upcoming events:

    All events are open to the public unless otherwise noted.

    March 2024

    • The Language of Clay Exhibition - Now Open

    • VITA Free Tax Service - Every Monday at 10am

    • Friends of Honey Hill Member MeetingMar 6, 2024

    • Art of Indigo Dyeing Workshop - Friday, March 8th and Saturday March 9th at 11am

    • Jasper County Historical Society Meeting - March 12th at 6pm

    April 2024

    • VITA Free Tax Service - Monday, April 1st and Monday April 8th at 10am

    • Unpacking Manifest Destiny Program with Director Kayleigh Vaughn - April 4th at 2pm

    • Molding Together: Ceramics for All - Guided Tour of The Language of Clay

      • April 9th at 6pm

      • April 19th at 1pm

    • Ceramics for All Live Demonstration - April 19th at 2pm

    May 2024 

    • Molding Together: Ceramics for All - Guided Tour of The Language of Clay

      • May 2nd at 5pm

      • May 21st at 2pm

    • Friends of Honey Hill Member Meeting - May 7th at 6pm

    • Sandy Islanders: People of the Land Exhibition Member Preview - May 9th at 6pm (members only)

    • Ceramics for All Live Demonstration - May 2nd at 6pm

    • Textile Tales Tea Party - May 11th at 12pm

    • Lowcountry Glass Mosaics Workshop - May 18th at 10am

    Planning for Summer already? Check out what’s happening throughout the year on our calendar here:

    Educational Workshops

    One of the highlights of our event calendar is our series of educational workshops, where visitors can dive deep into various aspects of Lowcountry heritage. From traditional crafts to historical reenactments and storytelling sessions, our workshops offer hands-on learning experiences that bring the history and culture of the Lowcountry to life. Many programs are free and we ask that you please register online.

    Special Exhibits

    Throughout the year, the Morris Center plays host to a rotating selection of special exhibits that showcase different facets of Lowcountry heritage. Most recently, we hosted the Grand Opening for our newest exhibit The Language of Clay. This exhibit will be on display throughout 2024. 

    Community Engagement

    At the heart of the Morris Center is our commitment to community engagement and collaboration. We partner with local schools, other cultural organizations, and community groups to create and/or host events that reflect the diverse interests and traditions of the Lowcountry community. Through these partnerships, we strive to ensure that our events are inclusive, accessible, and meaningful to all members of our community. 

    If you’re interested in partnering with us as a venue or educational support resource, please contact us:

    Volunteer Opportunities 

    Are you passionate about preserving and celebrating Lowcountry heritage? Consider getting involved with the Morris Center as a volunteer, donor, or member. Your support helps us continue our mission of providing enriching cultural experiences to visitors from near and far.

    As you can see, there's never a dull moment at the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage! Whether you're interested in history, art, music, or food, our calendar of events offers something for everyone to enjoy. 

    We invite you to explore our upcoming events, mark your calendars, and join us as we celebrate the many traditions and stories of the South Carolina Lowcountry. We look forward to welcoming you to the Morris Center soon!

    With exciting new exhibits, innovative programs, and continued community support, the center is poised to carry on its legacy as a cultural gem for generations to come.

Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage




PO Box 1116
Ridgeland, SC 29936


Tuesday - Saturday
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.


10782 S. Jacob Smart Blvd.
Ridgeland, SC 29936

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