Exhibit: Out of the Box

Out of the Box: Odd and Fascinating Artifacts in the Pettus Archives


  • Why is there a machete in the Archives and what in the world was its use?
  • What three U. S. presidents have items relating to them on display in the Pettus Archives?
  • What is a Magic Lantern?
  • The Archives has a leg!!?

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These intriguing questions and more may be answered by visiting the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections summer exhibit. On display are over 100 items that are a part of the Pettus Archives’ holdings that are a little unusual to say the least.

The captivating items include cuneiform tablets, lantern slides, Medieval Manuscripts, James Dean, exquisite needlework, 17th century paintings, unusual books and much more. (James Dean!!?)

The exhibit will be on display from June 1 through August 28 during the Archives operating hours. The hours are 8:00-5:30 Monday-Thursday and 8:00-noon Friday through August 1.  The hours are 8:30-5:00 Monday-Friday (appointments needed for Friday afternoon) for the remainder of August. The Archives will be open two more Saturdays this summer—July 19 and August 2—from 9:00-1:00.

For further information on the “out-of-the-box” collections or any of the Archives holdings, please call (803) 323-2334 or e-mail at archives@winthrop.edu.

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