Cayce Historical Museum celebrates 25 years

The Cayce Historical Museum celebrated 25 years of operation Saturday. An event was held among friends, volunteers and longtime supporters, including U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson.

At the casual dinner at the Farm Bureau building in Cayce, the Museum Commission and staff reflected on the individuals responsible for making the museum possible.
John Ellisor, the founder of the Cayce Historical Museum, was recognized as the man who worked tirelessly to turn a dream into a reality.
Also thanked were: Museum Commissioners – A.G. Dantzler, Alice Brooks, Ann Diamond, Archie Moore, Cindy Peake, Dale Gaskins, Judy Corbitt, Marion Hutson, and Mary Sharpe.

The were lauded for helping carry out Ellisor’s legacy. The museum has been fortunate to have unceasing support from the community over the past 25 years. Museum Commission Director Leo Redmond, and his assistant Rachel Steen, recognized the many volunteers and supporters who have helped guarantee the museum’s success.

The Cayce Historical Museum also welcomed two new staff members, Jerry Kirkland and Kelly Kinard. Kirkland is a native to Olympia, and has been a custom picture framer, and owner of The Custom Framer for 26 years. He has also been a metal detector enthusiast and an avid collector for 45 years.

Kinard, who has a Masters degree in history, came to the museum from Charleston, where she worked in collections management at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum.

The two have worked with Redmond to update the museum’s collections policy and preservation standards, modernize exhibits, and increase the museum’s relevance within the community through new activity based educational programs.
While celebrating its past, the museum is eager to see what the future holds as it undergoes the next step.

Photo: US Rep. Joe Wilson and Leo Redmond- Contributed. 

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