Johnny Causey to speak of artifact collection

Johnny Causey’s Native American Artifact Collection is almost ready to be displayed in the Hampton County Museum.

After almost two years, the time has arrived….. Johnny Causey’s Native American Artifact Collection is almost ready to be displayed in the Hampton County Museum.  Johnny Causey called the museum in the spring of 2015 to say he had some arrowheads he would like to donate so that his collection would stay in Hampton County and would we like to come see his collection? “Of course!” was the reply and we went to his home near Furman not knowing what to expect.   As we climbed the stairs nothing prepared us for the rows and rows of glass shelving filled with points and artifacts – some artfully arranged in flower designs and triangle shapes and a perfect oval designed from a wide-range of sizes and shapes of projectile points. Seeking professional help to evaluate a collection that was overwhelming to us, Dr. Al Goodyear, retired USC archaeologist and leader of the Topper Site excavations, and Dr. Chris Moore, archaeologist with the Savannah River Research, were contacted.

A long story short, Drs. Goodyear and Moore met us at Johnny Causey’s home and the move was on.  Johnny Causey ascended the steps on this day to be with them. It was his last time to see his collection as he had put on display carefully and lovingly over the years. Through the hot summer everything was packed in small containers and shuttled down the stairs, driven to Hampton, unloaded at the museum, drug up the stairs and pulled out repeatedly.  Al Goodyear and Chris Moore, their colleagues and students have come regularly over the last year and half.  Each and every artifact has been touched and classified, labelled and bagged.  Now, one of the downstairs cell rooms in the Hampton County Museum is being been transformed as the home of the Johnny Causey Artifact Exhibit.

But before this collection is opened for the public, Hampton County Historical Society is sponsoring a Dinner Program at 6:00o’clock on Thursday, April 27th at Hampton First Baptist Church to introduce this collection.  This is an opportunity to hear archeologists Dr. Al Goodyear and Dr. Chris Moore present Johnny Causey’s lifetime collection through the eyes of professionals.  Their expertise validates the significance of this gift. It is certainly fitting and a real treat for all who attend the program that the two archaeologists who began this adventure with us and who have seen us through to the end with patience and understanding will demonstrate for those present an insight into this collection and the significance of Johnny Causey’s Collection for Hampton County. And, of course, Johnny Causey will be right there to hear the presentation. 

Reservations are required for the April 27th Dinner Program.  Please make your reservation promptly for the Dinner and Program on Thursday, April 27th at 6 PM in the Social Hall of Hampton First Baptist Church. Seating is limited. Reservations must be in by Thursday, April 20th.  Please plan to be seated by 6:00 PM.  Enter the Social Hall through the side door on Third Street.  The cost is $12 for members, $15 for non- members. And for the first time HCHS will offer several front tables for 8 at $120 a table. Make your reservations by mailing your check to HCHS, P.O. Box 152, Hampton, SC 29924, by calling Sarah Jo Withycombe at 803-943-4865 OR by stopping at the HC Museum on Thursdays or Sundays from 2 to 5 PM. If you are not a HCHS member, please include a telephone number or email so you can be informed your payment has been received. No paper tickets will be issued.  There will be a list of reservations at the door.