Keeping Cool

(Summer 2020)


Our mannequins are looking dapper in early 20th century attire.  Light fabrics with natural fibers help sweat evaporate more quickly.  Hats protect heads and faces, and fans generate much needed air movement in the humid southern summers.

Ernest Shealy walks viewers through some of the exhibit displays in this video.  

Historical consultant Ernest Shealy curated the Keeping Cool exhibit to highlight how Newberrians dealt with the South Carolina heat before air conditioning was common.

This slideshow uses buildings around Newberry to illustrate different architectural elements that help keep homes cool.