Many thanks to Larry Wood and to the Aiken Standard for the wonderful feature, front page story about The Sharing Project exhibition at the Aiken County Historical Museum, and many thanks for the excellent shorter story that ran a few days earlier as well.
And, of course, many thanks to Brenda Baratto, Lauren Virgo, Doris Baumgarten, Joe Christian, and everyone else at the Aiken County Historical Museum for working with me on the show.
There was a time when there were numerous socialist experiments in America, like the one, called Happyville, that 50 Russian Jews from New York started in South Carolina in 1905. Happyville has almost entirely disappeared, but you can explore what remains by visiting The Sharing Project installation at the Aiken County Historical Museum — located just minutes away from where Happyville once was.
In addition to the Happyville video, there are 4 other short films (selected from the 15 in larger versions of the installation) and 21 interviews that explore the meaning and value of sharing in a personal and interdisciplinary way.
I encourage you to participate in the exhibition not only by watching the films, but by sharing canned food and bringing it to the museum. You will have an opportunity at the end of the show to take some of the communal food and give it away to whomever you think will appreciate it.
More information below:
Canned food gathering: now through July 29
Exhibition: June 1 – July 29
Opening Reception: Friday June 1, 6-8 pm
Closing and canned food distribution event: Sunday July 29, 3-5 pm
Aiken County Historical Museum
Open Tuesday through Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and Sunday from 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Admission is free
Address: 433 Newberry St SW, Aiken, SC 29801
I’m doing a talk on Tuesday the 16th at 10:30 at the Aiken County Historical Museum in South Carolina about The Sharing Project installation and the forgotten socialist Jewish commune of Happyville — which existed for a short period (1905-1908) near Aiken — in advance of the exhibition of the installation at the Aiken County Historical Museum this summer. If you’re in the area on the 16th, it would be great to see you there!