Public History

The Avery Research Center promotes public awareness of African-American history and culture in Charleston, South Carolina, and throughout the African Diaspora. We regularly feature exhibitions, speakers, workshops, symposia, film screenings, and performances at the Avery Research Center, and offer off-site presentations and workshops. The Avery Research Center is also involved in developing online exhibitions and digital archival collections with the Lowcountry Digital Library (LCDL). Please see below for details about our ongoing Public History activities.



Each semester, the Avery Research Center offers a range of public programs, including evening lectures, monthly lunchtime “Brown Bag” presentations, film screenings, performances, workshops, and more. Please see our PROGRAMS CALENDAR and follow us on FACEBOOK to stay up to date on our current public programs.


Off-Site Presentations

The Avery Research Center staff regularly provide off site presentations and workshops based on availability. For more information please contact Mary Battle.



The Avery Research Center regularly features exhibitions that highlight African American history, culture, and art. Please see our Exhibitions page for information about our past, upcoming, and permanent exhibitions.


Digital Projects

The Avery Research Center is a major founding partner of the Lowcountry Digital History Initiative (LDHI), a digital public history project hosted by the Lowcountry Digital Library (LCDL) at the College of Charleston. LDHI launched in 2014 as a digital consultation service, scholarly editorial resource, and online platform for partner institutions and collaborative scholars to translate multi-institutional archival materials; historic landscape features and structures; and scholarly research into digital public history exhibition projects. A major goal within LDHI’s mission is to facilitate projects that highlight underrepresented race, class, gender, and labor histories within the Lowcountry region, and in historically interconnected Atlantic World sites. Many of the current LDHI exhibitions highlight African-American history and culture, and feature digitized archival materials from the Avery Research Center Archives. For a list of current LDHI exhibitions that highlight African American history and culture, please see our Digital Exhibitions page.


MUSEUM TOURS: The Avery Research Center is currently open for guided tours by appointment and self-guided tours on selected days.

QUARTERLY OPEN HOUSE: The Avery Research Center currently offers self-guided tours each quarter (April, July, October, January) on Wednesdays. Advance registration requested.

ARCHIVES: Researchers must schedule a consultation BEFORE making a research appointment.