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Homeschool Friday

The SCCRRMM’s “Homeschool Fridays” are a FREE program offered on the second Friday of each month during the academic year. Sessions are at 10:00AM and 11:00AM (the same lesson is taught, both hours). The programs are geared toward students of all ages, and include lectures and activities.

Please note: from September through January, we are offering an additional lecture, a biographical sketch of a military hero (or, in one case, villain), focusing on character qualities. The biography lectures will be held on third Fridays, at 11:00 only.

Session Schedule:

Cadets and Boy Soldiers of Confederate South Carolina
Date: 01/11/2019

When the SC legislature in 1864, called up the state’s 16-year-old as the “Junior Reserves,” it was a dramatic decision – but one in keeping with a strong state tradition of “boy soldiers.”  Learn about the brave service of these young men!   


“Stonewall” Jackson
Date: 01/18/2019

A general better known by his nickname than his real one, Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson is remembered for his eccentricity, his faith, and his remarkable battlefield leadership.  Come learn about the man General Lee called “my right arm.”


The Skirmish at Congaree Creek
Date: 02/08/2019

The closest battle – literally - to our museum, was a desperate stand by a group of dismounted cavalry against overwhelming numbers of Union attackers at Congaree Creek.  It’s a site you can visit today, with a lot to see!   


SC Stories from WWI
Date: 03/08/2019

 More than 64,000 South Carolinians served in World War One, but their stories are largely forgotten. We’ll choose a few and tell you about their experiences in, and over, the trenches!


Tigers Over China
Date: 04/12/2019

It’s a terrific World War II adventure story – American fighter pilots secretly travelling overseas long before Pearl Harbor, to help defend China from the Japanese invasion.  The “Flying Tigers” were legends in their own time; in our time!

Memorials and Memory
Date: 05/17/2019

Between Confederate Memorial Day (May 10) and our national Memorial Day (May 27), we’ll look at the history and meaning of local war monuments, and the stories behind them.  You pass by them every day! 

SC Confederate Cadets & Boy Soldiers
Date: 08/09/2019

In the summer of 1864, South Carolina’s 16-year-old boys were conscripted as the “Junior Reserves.”  Learn about the brave service of these cadets, young men, and boy soldiers of our state.

Swords and Chivalry
Date: 08/16/2019

The Relic Room has a great collection of swords to “draw” from.  Kick off your Social Studies year with an exciting, interactive session about the history and traditions surrounding these weapons!

The Battle of King’s Mountain
Date: 09/13/2019

One of the most important battles of the American Revolution, and it took place in our own state!  Learn how good leadership, and frontier weapons and tactics, brought about a tremendous Patriot victory.

Talk TO a Pirate Day.
Date: 09/20/2019

The day after “Talk LIKE a Pirate Day, our Biography Session focuses on South Carolina pirates and privateers.  “Might any of them rascals attend to answer your questions in character? There’s no tellin’ matey!”


The Unpronounceable Revolutionary War Hero: Thaddeus Kosciuszko
Date: 10/11/2019

This Polish military engineer fought for the freedom of his own country, but first fought for ours – including at the Siege of Ninety-Six, South Carolina.  His amazing life story holds many lessons for us.

11am only - How to Be A Villain: Banastre Tarleton, SC Patriots’ British Arch-Enemy
Date: 10/18/2019

Few South Carolina historical figures are as hated as the Swamp Fox ‘s nemesis.  Tarleton’s own troopers admired and respected him, so how did his reputation get as bad as it did?  Come find out!

The Palmetto Regiment in the Mexican War
Date: 11/08/2019

Marines weren’t alone at the “Halls of Montezuma;” serving alongside them were the hard-fighting SC volunteers of the Palmetto Regiment.  See their original flag on exhibit and learn their gallant story.

10am only - Dueling and Dancing (90 mins)
Date: 11/15/2019

Come ready to experience two common antebellum South Carolina customs:  English Country Dance and Gentlemen’s Duels.  You’ll understand both much better, after a real dance - and a not-so-real duel!


Remembering Pearl Harbor! The USS Columbia at War
Date: 12/06/2019

The day before the “Day that Will Live in Infamy,” we’ll study the war record of the USS Columbia.  Many of Columbia’s sailors enlisted after Pearl Harbor.  Hear the stories of their Pacific valor.


Leadership Lessons From Civil War Battle of Fredericksburg
Date: 12/13/2019

Leadership occurs at every level.  We’ll examine the leadership of three very different South Carolinians at the Battle of Fredericksburg in 1862:  the lessons of a general, a sergeant, and a slave.

Wade Hampton III, Commander and Statesman
Date: 01/10/2020

Wade Hampton III’s statue stands tall at the state house and his name looms large in our history.  Who was he really?  Come learn about the SC leader whose followers called him “The Chieftain.”

An 1860s Valentine’s Day
Date: 02/14/2020

Come in to be re-introduced to a familiar holiday, 1860’s style, with true stories of love and war, and engaging Valentine activities from the distant past.  Is it really so distant from today, after all?

SC Rough Rider Micah Jenkins Jr.
Date: 03/13/2020

“That gallant South Carolinian...courteous and soft spoken, a man upon whom danger acted like wine.”  Micah Jenkins Jr., the son of a Confederate general, won his own glory in the Spanish-American War.


Iron Men, Canvas Wings: SC Aviators in WWI
Date: 04/17/2020

1st World War “Flyboys” have been popular subjects of films, novels and even comic books.  Learn through South Carolinians’ first-hand accounts and photos, what it was like to fly for the Allies in WWI!

Military Flags: Traditions and Stories
Date: 05/08/2020

We’ll wrap up the year with a talk about the customs and traditions surrounding military flags, as well as exciting stories about the original flags in our own Collection.  A great preparation for Memorial Day!