We stopped in the Karpeles Manuscript Museum while in Charleston, SC for our screening at the Halsey Institute for Contemporary Art. Ashley’s interest in archives, which was cultivated during the production of For Memories’ Sake, made the museum a logical stop for us.
The Karpeles Manuscript Library, which has seven museum sites across the country, including the one we visited, is the world’s largest private holding of important original documents and manuscripts.
In the museum we explored a temporary exhibition of Civil War manuscripts, as well as a some Egyptian ruins from David Karpeles’ personal collection.
As we were about to leave, we asked the gentleman tending the museum to tell us a little bit about the collection. He was kind enough to share some background, as well as an amusing anecdote that highlights the assumptions people sometimes have about the South.