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The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum is a high-quality, award winning educational resource for the state’s students, educators, and parents. Our free tours, programs, and curriculum contributions benefit and reinforce education goals statewide. 

The museum’s exhibits are keyed to the state standards in history and Social Studies. Military history is not just the story of men on the battlefield, but of the overall experience of war, including homefront hardships, economic concerns, and the role of technology. A free tour at our museum brings the study of history alive for students of all ages!

Over the past few years, we have broadened our teacher outreach programs, providing free in-service training meeting space, as well as instruction on military history. We are also involved in SC curriculum developments, providing images and information for textbooks.

In 2008, the museum received two awards from the South Carolina Council for the Social Studies, given out at its annual conference: “Program of Excellence” for the year, and a special “Friend of Social Studies” award honoring our overall contributions. 

Homeschoolers, like the state’s public and private school educators, recognize and appreciate the museum’s unique resources and the quality, creativity, and excellent educational value of our programs.  Our free Home School Friday history lessons and activities remain highly popular among area homeschoolers.  

Discover the educational possibilities of the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum for yourself!  Below is a listing of several services and resources available for educators and parents.  For more information, contact Joe Long, Curator of Education, via email or call 803-737-8095.

CRR Teach

The South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum offers a variety of education programs that provide basic curriculum reinforcement as well opportunities for enrichment.

We operate with the conviction that familiarity with military history is vitally important to good citizenship, as well as being a high-interest area that draws students into history in general.

History lessons become most meaningful when made “human” through relating the experiences and differing perspectives of actual people. Using dramatic artifacts, primary sources, and true stories of historical characters to whom students can relate, we strive to appeal to all grade levels and learning styles.

Military history here is not just the story of men on the battlefield, but of the overall experience of war, including homefront hardships, economic concerns, and the role of technology.

Bring your students to the South Carolina Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum to broaden their historical perspective and spark their enthusiasm. We hope to see you soon!

For more information about our program, please click on the items below:

Education Resources

The museum offers free lesson plans, activities sheets, and tour interactives for a variety of grade levels.  These may be printed and used in the classroom and/or while visiting the museum. 
General Activities
Cavalry History Hunt Worksheet and Answer List - This is an activity to be completed during a visit to the museum. It emphasizes “horse soldiers” throughout a variety of wars covered in the main gallery exhibits.
Scavenger Hunt, Main Gallery Exhibits  - This activity takes students on a complete tour of the museum's main gallery exhibits, complete with questions for each section.
History Hunt, Main Gallery Exhibits and Answer List - Student should be able to locate most of the artifacts and answer the questions on this list during a tour.
American Revolution
Revolutionary War Naval Simulation - This lesson will demonstrate to students the ways in which the Continental Navy, American privateers, and merchant sailors contributed to the winning of the American Revolution.
Civil War
Civil War Letter Writing Activity - This activity is designed for classroom use after your visit to the museum.  The activity requires an envelope pattern – contact Joe Long to obtain this item.  
The Mexican War
Mexican War Literary Activity - This activity encourages students to think about the literary devices employed in the poem and to find modern themes in historic war materials. 
World War I
World War I Exhibit and All Quiet on the Western Front English Lesson Plan - This lesson plan is designed to be used in conjunction with the novel by Erich Remarque, after a tour of the SC Confederate Relic Room & Military Museum’s First World War exhibit, “Forgotten Stories: SC Fights the Great War.” The following material can be used to supplement this activity: WWI Images.
World War I: African-American 371st Infantry Regiment Lesson Plan - This lesson plan highlights the achievements of the 371st Regiment. It requires the following supplemental materials: 371st HandoutGraphic Organizer, and Venn Diagram.

Awards & Reviews

The SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum's educational programs received two awards from the South Carolina Council for the Social Studies.

Joe Long, Curator of Education, was presented the annual Social Studies Program of Excellence and the Friends of Social Studies awards at the 2008 Social Studies Conference awards ceremony.

Below are just a few reviews that Joe Long and the education programs at the SC Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum have received. Take a moment to read these and see why a visit to the state's military history museum is a necessary field trip.

“Very well aligned with South Carolina standards.” - Elementary school teacher, Rock Hill, S.C.

 “It was wonderful to let the students see and read about so many things we learned about in social studies – it linked very well to the S.C. Standards. The tour guide was very well informed and kept the students’ attention. The students were very excited and they LOVED it.”Elementary school teacher, Landrum, S.C.

“Excellent review of the state’s history. Mr. Long was outstanding.” Military school teacher, Summerville, S.C.

“We really enjoyed our visit. The lecture and exhibits are awesome. Our guide was dressed in Civil War attire and demonstrated great patience with my special education students. I am going to let everyone know how wonderful this trip was.” Middle school teacher, Lexington, S.C.

“Our kids especially loved the weapons and ammunition from the various wars and eras. Thank you for allowing us to share in this wonderful museum.” Elementary school teacher, Abbeville, S.C.

“An excellent presentation. The students were totally attentive due to the content and the style of the presenter. This exhibit is a must for any class which studies World War I.” Elementary school teacher, Gilbert, S.C.

 “The tour was very impressive and extremely beneficial. I am delighted that cadets had an opportunity to see, hear and gather so much information regarding the state…we look forward to the next visit.” JROTC instructor, Cross, S.C.

 “A wonderful museum. Students can learn so much here!” - Elementary school teacher, Spartanburg, S.C.

 “Mr. Long’s tour kept the children’s attention through interesting stories and little known facts. Learning about history through the lives of real people from the past was especially effective.” - Elementary school teacher, Lugoff, S.C.

“Joe Long’s knowledge is almost miraculous. Thank you so much for the information, stories and the friendly atmosphere. We will definitely be back.” - Home school group leader, Grovetown, Ga.

 “Very enjoyable and informative. The presenters kept the students engaged the entire time. The students were very eager to share the information that they learned with each other and their teachers. The students also enjoyed viewing all of the artifacts that reflect the history of their home state.” - Elementary school teacher, Columbia, S.C.

“Our kids were asking all sorts of questions – keep up the great work!” - Private school teacher, Greenville, S.C.

“The wealth of knowledge Mr. Long possesses and shares is amazing! He answered all questions. We enjoyed the way he explained the continuity of history, tying the Civil War to World War I and World War II.” - Home school parent, Columbia, S.C.

“It is a beautiful museum. I hope to have more time next time. 30 minutes is not enough.” - Private school teacher, Greenville, S.C.