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Who We Are

The Charleston Heritage Symposium is presented under the auspices of the Preservation Society of Charleston, which is the nation's oldest community-based preservation organization. The Symposium, coordinated by an all-volunteer board of decorative arts enthusiasts, benefits the mission of the Preservation Society.

Founded in 1920, the mission of the Preservation Society of Charleston is to inspire the involvement of all who dwell in the Lowcountry to honor and respect our material and cultural heritage. 

With the support of our sponsors and loyal patrons since 2012, the Symposium has donated over $265,000 to the Society’s important preservation and advocacy initiatives.


Martha E. Anderson
Constance M. Baldwin
Courtenay L. Daniels
Ann Bacot Daughtridge

Susan Dickson
Christina Dodd
Bessie Hanahan
Gail B. Kahn

Catherine Poag
Patricia G. Prioleau
Ginger Scully
Brittany Lavelle Tulla


Daniel K. Ackermann
Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

Andrew Brunk
Brunk Auctions

Brandy S. Culp
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Eleanore Nonie Gadsden 
Museum of Fine Arts Boston

Ralph O. Harvard, III
Ralph Harvard, Inc.

Robert A. Leath 
Classical American Homes Preservation Trust

Jennie L. McCahey 
Royal Oak Foundation

Matthew A. Thurlow 
Decorative Arts Trust

Sylvia L. Yount
The Metropolitan Museum of Art



Russell Buskirk
Sarah Donnem
Alex Franklin
Lasca Lilly
Mary McNab