Mount Pleasant Magazine July/August 2023

41 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com explained. “We will also be upgrading our tour routes and renovating spaces to return them to how they would have appeared when the ship was in service. We will be working on a comprehensive Museum Master Plan over the next year to identify and prioritize projects at the museum.” Not only will Hunt be leading the Patriots Point team in renovating and restoring the museum, but enhanced educational opportunities for children, school groups and families are also underway. “We have a major initiative to upgrade our Flight Academy and add additional programming,” said Hunt. “We have redesigned our Overnight Program and are continuing to enhance our ‘Live Like a Sailor’ overnight experience. We plan to continue to partner with the Town of Mount Pleasant on providing an excellent series of educational summer camps onboard the ship. Our community has something so special at Patriots Point.” Patriots Point Development Authority began in the 1970s with a mission to develop a naval and maritime museum on Charleston Harbor, with the World War II aircraft carrier, the USS Yorktown, as its centerpiece. Over time, Patriots Point grew to include the Patriots Point Museum, the Cold War Memorial, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and official Medal of Honor Museum, along with the only Vietnam Experience Exhibit in the United States. Since opening in 1976, it has become one of South Carolina’s most popular destinations, with more than 300,000 visitors per year and rising. Whether you explore the Patriots Point for the day, sign up for an overnight adventure onboard the ship or spend an afternoon reading about the history from one of the fascinating books found in the gift shop, when we all come together to appreciate the legacy of the USS Yorktown and USS Laffey and the artifacts they contain, this unique legacy treasured by the Town of Mount Pleasant lives on. our town 2118 Hwy 41 Ste 104 Mt Pleasant 843.800.0564 @bubblesgiftshoppe @therealbubblescandleco Your neighborhood one stop gift shop.