"S" is for South Carolina State Museum. The South Carolina State Museum opened in 1988—in the renovated Mount Vernon Mill in Columbia. In1973 the General Assembly formed the South Carolina State Museum Commission. The commission was charged with the “creation and operation of a State Museum reflecting the history, fine arts and natural history and the scientific and industrial resources of the state.” Permanent exhibitions reflect these central themes: the geology, flora and fauna of South Carolina; depiction of everyday life of ordinary South Carolinians throughout history; the arts and crafts of South Carolinians; the scientific and technological contributions of South Carolinians; and the impact of developments in such fields as transportation, communication, and manufacturing on the lives of South Carolinians. The South Carolina State Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums.