Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society (EIHPS) was founded in 1986 when a group of residents got together and founded the organization. The goal, since the founding, was to create a museum. EIHPS received their first artifact in 1987, and in 1988 they received the donation of a house on Chisolm Plantation Road. These two donations lead to the opening of the Edisto Island Museum in 1991. EIHPS’ mission is to preserve and share the history of Edisto, while also educating people.
Throughout the years, EIHPS has expanded its collections in order to grow the Museum. One of the organization’s biggest and most recent accomplishments was preserving the last two remaining slave cabins on Edisto Island. One was donated to the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., and the other was taken apart and moved to the Museum where it serves as an additional educational piece.
In March, 2018 EIHPS will be conducting a history harvest project, where people can bring in historical artifacts and the Society will digitize them. This will allow for individual’s to keep a digital copy of their artifact, as well as the Museum to have one on record. There will be a festival kicking off the project in order to raise awareness and educate people on this opportunity.
To learn more about Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society visit: http://edistomuseum.org/