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Alicia Rhett returned to her home on Tradd Street after filming to focus on her artwork, particularly portrait paintings.

While Charleston is a thriving, energetic, and modern metropolis, the city has retained its past like no other in the United States. Join us for a bit of visual time traveling as we juxtapose views of the Holy City from the early 20th century and today, demonstrating that “change” is very much a relative term

In the 1700s, locals flocked to alfresco concerts in The Orange Garden

One of Charleston’s well-known retailers, M. Dumas & Sons, celebrates its 100th anniversary this year.

Robert Marks kicked off a career in writing randy novels with 1971’s The Trembling of a Leaf

Freida Sokol and Howard Ozment of WTMA radio station model merchandise from Berlin’s Clothing circa 1957 

Historic Charleston Foundation’s Festival of Houses & Gardens celebrates its 70th season

Well before the area north of downtown’s Morrison Drive became home to such hip establishments as Edmund’s Oast, Lewis Barbecue, and Revelry Brewing Co., “NoMo,” as the neighborhood has been dubbed, was the site of beloved meat-and-three Kitty’s Fine Foods. 

In the last year of the 19th century, from February 6 to 14, the Lowcountry resembled this idyllic snowy scene, having been hit by the “Great Blizzard of 1899.”

On January 1, 1882, Mayor William A. Courtenay created the Charleston Fire Department

In this photograph, taken on Christmas Eve 1937, pedestrians are beckoned by lower King’s window displays

Famed Swedish songstress Jenny Lind performed in Charleston during the Christmas of 1850

In this circa-1945 photograph, WAVES Specialists 3rd class Nora Scott and Virginia Chenoweth are at work in the control tower at Naval Air Station Charleston

In 1936, modern masterpieces from the collection of Solomon and Irene Guggenheim debuted at the Gibbes

In 1705, Englishman James Child established a ferry service on his property named Strawberry Bluff

Rembering Henry and Blanche Holloway, the hermits of Goat Island 

A glimpse at a bustling, early 20th-century Charleston

Looking back at early Lowcountry hurricanes

The Charleston Museum’s 19th-century curator, Gabriel E. Manigault, masterfully prepared dozens of skeletons now on view in a special exhibit

A quick look back at Isle of Palms history