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Admission: Free

Hours: 10 am to 4:30 pm Daily
Closed New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

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Historical & Museum Society


The Historical & Museum Society supports the Parris Island Museum by providing for the preservation, perpetuation, publication and display of manuscripts, books, relics, pictures and other objects of historical significance.

Donations, Membership and Gift Shop purchases allow the Historical & Museum Society to support the Museum.  Visit our site to learn more: PIHMS


Marine Corps Recruit Depot




Living History Detachment (LHD) Mission


The mission of LHD, under the sponsorship of the Parris Island Historical and Museum Society, is the presentation and preservation of Marine Corps history by educating Marine recruits and the general public. This is done through living history exhibits that allows the target audience to go beyond seeing artifacts on display by interacting with the presenters.


History of the LHD

LHD started in 2004 by two volunteers who wanted to give back to the Marine Corps by improving the historical program provided to recruits. The concept was to give a 20-30 minute presentation by living history “interpreters” complete with period-correct uniforms, equipment and weapons. In addition to history classes for recruits, the Detachment participates with the Recruit Training Battalions on the “Crucible,” and the “Eagle, Globe and Anchor” ceremony. LHD has been able to provide recruit presentations on at least 10 weekends a year, as well as participate in other local and out-of-state events.


LHD does presentations to Marine Corps recruits, Active/Reserve units, recruiting stations, Marine Corps associations, Depot ceremonies, and to National and State parks; travel exhibits and historical demonstrations for schools, air shows, re-enactments, and parades; and provides consultants, tour guides and narrators for the Depot’s Command Museum.


LHD has been the centerpiece Marine representation for the largest World War Two event in the country conducted annually the first weekend in June at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, PA. The Detachment has been the subject of five news articles and part of a New York Times video article.


In 2007 the founding member of LHD received a Commanding General’s Certificate of Commendation for his contribution to recruit training and recruiting. Also in 2007, LHD was recognized for their efforts by Patriot’s Point in Charleston, SC, and was appointed the official Marine Detachment for the USS Yorktown Museum.


In 2009, the Detachment was recognized nationally by the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation and was the recipient of the Colonel Magruder Award for excellence in depicting Marine Corps history.


Membership to the Detachment is not limited to Marines “out of uniform,” and is made up of individuals with diverse military experience. A common factor among its members is the desire and dedication to “do it right,” honor veterans and pass along Marine heritage in a unique way. LHD has Marine Corps equipment, uniforms and weapons spanning the 20th century so that interested individuals are not initially required to purchase their gear to participate. Members of the Detachment are required to join the Historical Society.


For more information contact Eric Junger at (843) 263-3290.


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The Museum


10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Sunday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Thursday & Fridays on Graduation Weeks
Closed on New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

Address and Phone

The Parris Island Museum
Bldg. #111, Marine Corps Recruit Depot
Parris Island, SC 29905

Phone: (843) 228-2951
Fax: (843) 228-3065

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The Museum Gift Shop


10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday- Friday
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday & Fridays on Graduation Weeks
10 p.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday
12 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday
Closed on New Year's, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

Address and Phone

Parris Island Museum Gift Shop
P.O. Box 5037
Parris Island, SC 29905

Phone: (843) 228-2166
Fax: (843) 228-3118

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Website: http://ParrisIslandGiftShop.com

Parris Island Historical and Museum Society

Contact: Dennis Brennan, President
Parris Island Historical and Museum Society 

PO Box 5202
Parris Island, SC 29905

Phone: (843) 228-2166

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The Historical & Museum Society supports the Parris Island Museum by providing for the preservation, perpetuation, publication and display of manuscripts, books, relics, pictures and other objects of historical significance; conducts community outreach and educational programs; solicits donations to support these programs; and operates the Gift Shop.

History of the Society

The Historical and Museum Society (PIHMS) was established in 1990 under Marine Corps Order 5750.1, “Command Museums,” as a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Charitable and Membership organization to support the Parris Island Museum. The Letter of Incorporation and By Laws were approved by South Carolina Secretary of State, and the Depots’s Commanding General authorized the operation of the gift shop shortly thereafter. In accordance with South Carolina State Law, the good standing as a non-profit organization and its latest tax forms are published for public review.

Since its inception, the Society and the Museum have had a profitable relationship, with Society members having the satisfaction of contributing to the legacy of the Marine Corps in a meaningful way. The Command has enjoyed gifts and services donated to the museum by the Society thanks to donations and memberships.

What has the Society done for the Command Museum?

Some of the support provided by the Society include: Purchase of computers, printers, scanners and digital cameras; renovation of displays including track lighting, painting, sound systems, display panels and glass cases; repairs to climate control systems; purchase of artifact storage systems; repairs and renovations to the historical trail; installation of the museum elevator; purchase of paintings, sculptures and artifacts; providing a graphic artist on contract to the museum staff to design upgrades; purchase of electronic kiosks; scholarships; funding guest speakers for the Depot professional military education program; sponsoring tours and volunteers to promote for the understanding of Marine Corps and Parris Island history; and funding the Living History Detachment which provides classes to the Marine recruits and the general public.

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Official Home of the United States Marine Corps

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Yellowfootprints.com is a historical data center established in 2002 and has information starting with boot camp and ending with a Marine’s final "duty station." It finds, collects, preserves and returns graduation yearbooks and platoon pictures, and returns them to Marines for only the cost of shipping and handling; there is never a charge for the item. It also honors Marines who have reported to their “final duty station” by maintaining the only searchable obituary database dedicated to Marines.

The start of the journey - boot camp - is something Marines never forget. Graduation year books and platoon photos depict the training and the pride Marines feel in earning the title. Sometimes these books and pictures are lost and the pictorial reminder of the journey is also lost.

Yellowfootprints.com solely operates on contributions from Marines and Marine Corps supporters. Contributions of graduation yearbooks, platoon photos (or scans) and money to help maintain the collection are always greatly appreciated. Please help continue the mission by sending a contribution to Yellowfootprints.com. A Marine never leaves another Marine behind and remains forever faithful to the Corps.