Learn about state's first residents at Morris Center exhibit

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The Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage will host an opening reception from 1 to 3 p.m. June 10 for its upcoming exhibit, "The First South Carolinians."

This South Carolina State Museum traveling exhibit will take guests back thousands of years as they experience what life was like for South Carolina's original inhabitants.

These civilizations developed societies and cultures and worked the land long before Europeans crossed the Atlantic in search of the New World.

Guests will be able to view a number of recovered artifacts, providing invaluable information about the types of tools, housing and crafts these precursors developed.

A "Then" and "Now" activity will assist participants in understanding the similarities and differences between Native American tools and contemporary tools.

The event is free and open to the public, and will feature complimentary food and refreshments, educational programs, and giveaways for visitors.

At 1 p.m., Dr. Will Moreau Goins will give a musical and storytelling presentation on Native Americans. Dr. Goins has spent his life celebrating his Cherokee heritage through his poetry, art and activism. He is currently working as part of the South Carolina Humanities Speakers Bureau.

Christopher Judge, an archeologist and professor at USC Lancaster, will give a program at 2 p.m. on South Carolina pre-history, discussing the variety of cultures that developed across our state throughout its storied history.

Judge is an expert in late prehistoric archeology with an emphasis on South Carolina and is currently serving as assistant director of Native American Studies at USC Lancaster.

"The First South Carolinians" will be on display at the Morris Center through Jan. 13, 2018.

The center is located at 10782 S. Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 843-284-9227 or visit www.morrisheritage center.org.

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