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June Issue 2010

University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, Features Township Auditorium in an Exhibit

The University of South Carolina's McKissick Museum, in Columbia, SC, is paying tribute to Columbia's Township Auditorium's 80th anniversary and longevity as a cultural institution with an exhibit tracing the history of events held at the showplace, and shine the spotlight on some of the most significant events of the twentieth century, while highlighting trends in popular culture.
The exhibit runs through July 31, 2010.

The exhibition is curated by undergraduate students William Buchanan, Meghan Shippey, Laura Ybarra and JoAnn Zeise, all are history students of Dr. Allison Marsh.

Marsh said, "For the final class project, students worked as teams to design a museum exhibit, including the selection of images, objects and audio and video recordings. Team Township's enthusiasm for their project showed in their class presentation."

The Township Auditorium, celebrating its eightieth anniversary this year, will be reopening on June 10, 2010, after a twelve million dollar renovation. Township Executive Director Sally Roach says, "With the renovation we will continue the tradition of great performances and notable speakers. We want to thank McKissick Museum and USC for sponsoring this exhibit and we appreciate all the time and effort put into it."

From concerts and theatrical productions to historically significant meetings and rallies, the Township has shined its spotlight on hundreds of pivotal figures in the twentieth century. Some of the best performers in the world played there, including musical entertainers Elvis Presley, Pink Floyd, Smokey Robinson, and movie director Tyler Perry.

Activists from Paul Robeson and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Robert Goldwater and John Kerry have rallied voters to make their voices heard. Additionally, the venue has hosted choral concerts, step shows, dances, and graduations for local high schools, colleges, and universities.

Lynn Robertson, McKissick Executive Director, said "We hope that visitors come away from this exhibition with an appreciation for the places in our community where people have come together for generations to share experiences. Places like the Township are important sites for the American process of civic conversations - conversations about the past and present, conversations about politics, the arts, education, and even fun."

For further information check our SC Institutional Gallery listings, call the McKissick at 803/777-7251 or visit (www.cas.sc.edu/MCKS/).

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