America’s first museum is getting a new director. After 30 years of improving and cultivating South Carolina’s largest collection of cultural and scientific memorabilia, Dr. John R. Brumgardt is leaving the Charleston Museum. Brumgardt will be best remembered for spearheading the tourist-friendly Museum Mile, keeping the museum afloat during economic struggles, and helping the museum’s recovery after Hurricane Hugo. 

But don’t think that your favorite nine-foot-tall polar bear will be left in unskilled hands. Assistant Director Carl P. Borick will take the reigns beginning in December. Borick has been working at the museum since 1996 and has been assistant director since 2001. A Revolutionary War buff, Borick has created various Revolutionary Charleston exhibits and has written two books about the city’s role in the war. You can find more information about the Charleston Museum at