Karpeles Manuscript Library, Charleston

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  • We have stayed at an Air B&B pretty much across the street from the Karpeles several times and have never visited in spite of its being the most imposing building on the street. This week’s chilly.....  more »
  • This hidden gem is a gorgeous historic church turned into a museum for historic documents. It's a historic matroyshka! With free parking and free admission, why WOULDN'T you check it out? The exhibit changes 3 times a year so you have plenty of time as a local to catch em all. Also, I think they are a hotspot for Pokemon Go, if you are into that LOL I saw the exhibit on the atomic bomb, which interested me because my Grandpa worked on the Enola Gay. There were hand-drawn maps, official letters by military personnel to the government discussing the implications of the bombing, and other incredibly meaningful documents. It was an emotional experience, more than you might think could be conveyed by pieces of paper. The Museum Director is welcoming, genuinely friendly, and a font of information about both the current exhibit and local culture, dining, and things to do. Make sure to sign the guestbook, and feel free to flip through it. There's some fun stuff!
  • The museum is small but full of history. They opened promptly at 11, and once inside I found manuscripts dating back to the 1500s (many from the late 1800s-early 1900s) including rare manuscripts of the Sherlock Holmes books, baseball scorecards from 1915, and Babe Ruth's first contract with the Yankees. Quite a bit of baseball history (including several rare pre-civil war artifacts). I look forward to visiting the other locations.

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