Another Award for MYCO's Ice Age Exhibit

Another Prestigious Award for Museum of York County’s “Way Back When: Ice Age Beasts of the Carolinas”

ROCK HILL, SC - Culture and Heritage Museums is pleased to announce that the Museum of York County’s recent exhibition, “Way Back When: Ice Age Beasts of the Carolinas,” received an Award for Excellence in Museum Exhibits from the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC). SEMC is the museum industry’s regional conference representing twelve states. The honor is the second award for the exhibition.

“Way Back When: Ice Age Beasts of the Carolinas” was designed to take visitors back in time to the prehistoric Carolinas. The exhibition featured dioramas portraying the climate, landscape and wildlife of three distinct periods of the Ice Ages, along with actual fossils discovered in the Carolina Piedmont. 

The Southeastern Museums Conference Curator’s Committee promotes and recognizes excellence and professionalism among SEMC member museums through the annual Curcom Exhibition Competition. The competition focuses attention on exhibitions of merit that are well designed, have educational value, and treat objects with care and respect. Awards are presented in three categories (based on project cost) to showcase the best exhibitions in the profession and provide benchmarks for regional exhibition efforts in southeastern museums. Awards were announced on Oct. 23rd at the 2014 annual meeting in Knoxville, TN.

Earlier in March 2014, “Way Back When: Ice Age Beasts of the Carolinas” was honored to receive the 2014 award of achievement from the South Carolina Federation of Museums. Both of these prestigious awards were selected by a panel of museum professionals from a broadly competitive field of nominations. “Long-time MYCO employees, Teresa Armour, exhibitions manager and Dr. Steve Fields, natural history curator headed the efforts on this exhibition,” Carey Tilley, CHM’s executive director, pointed out, “We are very fortunate to have them on our team.” CHM acknowledges that these accomplishments would not have been possible without the generous support of sponsors for this project – Safari Limited, Harry and ‘Becca Dalton, the Arts Council of York County and South Carolina Arts Commission. 

The centerpiece of the “Way Back When” exhibition was a custom-designed, life-sized Jefferson’s ground sloth created by museum staff. The giant sloth is now on view in MYCO’s Naturalist Center. The story on the ancient origins of the Carolina Piedmont continues with the new exhibition “Life: A Journey Through Time,” which is on exhibit in MYCO’s Springs Gallery through May 17, 2015.

Image:  Dr. Steve Fields, curator of natural history & Teresa Armour, exhibitions manager display CHM’s two awards in front of the life-sized Jefferson’s ground sloth and centerpiece for “Way Back When: Ice Age Beasts of the Carolinas”

Culture & Heritage Museums is a family of museums in York County, SC, which includes Historic Brattonsville, Main Street Children’s Museum, McCelvey Center and Museum of York County. The mission of the Culture and Heritage Museums is to communicate and preserve the natural and cultural histories of the Carolina Piedmont, inspiring a lifetime of learning.  For more information, please visit