State Museum to host book club during Second Shift Twosday

Staff Report

COLUMBIA – In conjunction with its new blockbuster exhibit, RACE: Are We So Different?, the South Carolina State Museum, in partnership with Richland Library, will host a special book club with group discussions, at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9 in the museum’s Gervais Street Room.

The selected book is The Girl Who Fell From the Sky, by Heidi W. Durrow. The book can be found at all local Richland Library branches and library card holders will receive free entry into the blockbuster exhibit with the purchase of general admission to the museum. General admission to the museum during Second Shift Twosdays in 2 for $10.

The Girl Who Fell From the Sky is a fascinating book about Rachel, the daughter of a Danish mother and black G.I., who is orphaned and thrust, for the first time, into a mostly black community when she goes to live with her strict African-American grandmother.

Readers will experience the struggles of growing up biracial through the story of a light-skinned girl with blue eyes. Growing up in the 1980s, Rachel swallows her grief and embraces biracial identity as young woman in a world that seems to only view her as black or white.

The Girl Who Fell from the Sky explores issues of racial identity and is a great companion to the museum’s current exhibit RACE: Are We So Different?

The book club discussion will be facilitated by Dr. Kimberly Eison Simmons, Ph.D., associate dean of South Carolina Honors College and associate professor of Anthropology and African-American Studies.

This is the second book club held to provide additional outreach and safe spaces for discussion in conjunction with RACE: Are We So Different?. Presented by Central Carolina Community Foundation, this exhibit has attracted a number of visitors from groups, camps and churches across the South Carolina, giving them a scientific look at the history, and everyday impact of race.

The State Museum is housed in one of its largest artifacts, an 1894 old textile mill full of character and charm. Guests can explore outer space in one of the largest planetariums in the Southeast, watch an interactive 4D movie and look through a vintage telescope in a one-of-a-kind observatory. Visit to learn more.

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