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Imagine being an artist, asked to wander around America and paint any scene you found to be inspiring and picturesque; to create tales of adventure along with beautiful visuals to share with a nation recovering from the Civil War. This scenario became a reality in the late 1800s when Appleton Press employed prominent artists and writers to venture across the country in search of amazing natural and historic landmarks. Their stories and artwork resulted in the creation of a comprehensive travelogue publication known as Picturesque AmericaThe artists and writers were captivated by the bountiful beauty they discovered and inadvertently became part of a new movement – one sparking the idea that we should protect these landmarks.

Over 150 years later, Preserving A Picturesque America (PAPA), a non-profit organization, endeavors to continue its mission to enlighten and protect these special places through the power of the arts. PAPA collaborates with local artists and historians, environmental, and cultural groups in areas across the country to raise awareness of natural and historic landmarks in need of protection. For Preservation Through Art: Charlestonartists have retraced the footsteps and brushstrokes of celebrated Picturesque America artist Harry Fenn, who visited Charleston in 1870.


July 22
11:45 am - 1:00 pm


$7 Bus Fee


Front Commons
charleston, SC United States + Google Map