Join us for two very special programs on Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st.
Dr. J. Michael Francis, History Professor and Hough Family Chair of Florida Studies at the University of South Florida St Petersburg, will be presenting two special programs at the Santa Elena History Center. Dr Francis is a distinguished scholar with more than two dozen state, national and international honors, including a four-year appointment as a research fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and a research fellow at the Library of Congress. One of Dr. Francis’ specialties is Spanish paleography, the study of ancient, hand-written texts. He teaches a class on the subject and conducts field trips to Spain where students can get hands-on experience.
Click here to register online and reserve your seat!
Santa Elena-Recent Discoveries and New Inquiries
This one-day workshop brings together scholars, students, and members of the public to discuss recent archival and archaeological discoveries regarding the colonial settlement of Santa Elena. Participants will meet on October 1 at 9:30 AM at the Santa Elena History Center in Beaufort. Following brief presentations from Dr. J. Michael Francis and Dr. Chester DePratter, participants will be transported via van to Parris Island, where Dr. DePratter will lead a site-visit of one of the most important archaeological sites in the country, Santa Elena. Following the site visit, participants will be taken to the Marine Corps Museum, which houses original artifacts from the Santa Elena settlement.
The program ends at the Santa Elena History Center, where participants will gather for wine and tapas, fine conversation, and a tour of the newly-opened history exhibits, curated by Dr. DePratter and Dr. Francis.
The $125.00 Registration fee includes the following:
- Parking at the Santa Elena History Center
- Admission to the two morning talks, delivered by Dr. J. Michael Francis and Dr. Chester DePratter
- Transportation to Parris Island via two 14-passenger vans
- Box Lunch
- Site Tour led by Dr. Chester DePratter and Admission into the Marine Corps Museum.
- Return transportation to the Santa Elena History Center
- Social gathering at the Santa Elena History Center, with Spanish wines, beer, and tapas beginning at 6:00 pm
- Full access to the exhibits at the Santa Elena History Center.
October 1, 2016 @ 9:30 am – 8:00 pm
Santa Elena History Center 1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902 Cost: $125.00
Instructor: Dr. J. Michael Francis and Dr. Chester DePratter
Dr. J. Michael Francis received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He has received more than two dozen state, national and international honors, including a four-year appointment as a research fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and a research fellow at the Library of Congress. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar appointed Dr. Francis as one of only two historians on the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission.
Dr. Chester DePratter earned his doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in anthropology from the University of Georgia. His interest in Spanish colonial ventures in “La Florida,” has led to extensive excavations at Santa Elena (1566-1587) resulting in the discovery of the location of the French Charlesfort established on Parris Island in 1562. His work includes the identification of the routes of several sixteenth-century Spanish expeditions to interior “La Florida” including those of Hernando DeSoto, Tristan de Luna, and Juan Pardo; this work has helped redraw the map of the interior southeast and the locations of its Native American peoples in the sixteenth century.
Santa Elena: New Views of an Old Story
Over the past several decades scholars have conducted intensive archival and archeological research to reconstruct the rich history of colonial Santa Elena. As the archaeological research intensifies, what remains to be found in the archival records? Is there more to Santa Elena’s story than what we know? If so, what? In his talk, Dr. Francis will highlight some of his recent research initiatives, including efforts to build profiles of the men and women who inhabited Santa Elena.
September 30, 2016 @ 3:00 am – 4:00 pm
Santa Elena History Center 1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902 Cost:$10.00
Instructor: Dr. J. Michael Francis
To see a full calendar of events and programs happening each week click here, and check with us often as programs continue to be added.
NEW SCHOOL AND GROUP PROGRAMS NOW AVAILABLE!!!
There are a variety of exciting group programs available to enhance your visit to Beaufort and the History Center. These programs are designed to bring history to life in a way that is entertaining and engaging for all ages. For more information about group programs click here.
School programs at the Santa Elena History Center are a great way to extend learning outside the classroom and ensure that students learn the history of the area in which they live. Many programs are also a great introduction into the field of archaeology. For more information about school programs click here.
NEED A PLACE TO HOST A SPECIAL EVENT?
The Santa Elena History Center is available for reservation after hours (4:00-8:00 pm). Attendees will have full access to the exhibits. Tables, chairs, and trash cans available.
Inaugural Exhibit “Santa Elena: America’s Untold Story”
now open to the public in the beautiful, historic former courtroom
Tuesday-Saturday 10am – 4pm
Sunday 1pm – 4pm
Admission is $10/adult, $5/child (age 5-12), and free for children under 5, active duty and first responders.
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