Penn Center’s Labor Day Celebration

August 23, 2016 by




Who: Penn Center National Historic Landmark District

What: Labor Day Celebration

Where: 16 Penn Center Circle West, St. Helena Island, SC 29920

When: Labor Day Monday, September 5th

Admission: This event is free and open to the public


Gullah Geechee Bike Ride Register Here or Register On Site at 7:30 am,. For more information on the Bike Ride contact Mr. JT Pringle (843) 263-0654

Island Cruisers Car Show and Bar B Que Fundraiser – Ribs, Pulled Pork and Chicken

Community Vendor Fair 9am – 3pm (Space Fee $10)

Labor Day Program in York W. Bailey Museum 11am

Arts & Crafts Demonstrations 12pm-2pm

Penn Club Lunch Fundraiser – Fried Fish Dinners and Hotdogs

Victoria A. Smalls, Director of Development, Penn Center National Historic Landmark District, P.O. Box 126, St. Helena Island, SC 29920

Office:  (843) 838-2432 OR (843) 838-8552

Cell:  (843) 812-4662

Gullah/Geechee Nation Literacy Celebration

August 17, 2016 by
Gullah/Geechee Nation Literacy Celebration!
International Literacy Day at the St. Helena Branch Library
September 7, 2016 Noon to 6:30 pm

Gullah:Geechee Nation Literacy Celebration Flyer

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General stated “Literacy is a foundation to build a more sustainable future for all.”  Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( is an author that is a native of St. Helena Island, SC.  She is the only Gullah/Geechee to have been taped at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France.  This was done during the 60th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights when she was asked to come to a United Nations Conference at UNESCO Headquarters and was filmed telling the human rights story of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.
Queen Quet is a global literacy advocate that is standing with other world leaders in forwarding the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which includes Sustainable Development Goal 4 that aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.  So, to that end, she will host the“Gullah/Geechee Nation Literacy Celebration” which is part of the “Gullah/Geechee Living History Series” at the St. Helena Branch Library at 6355 Jonathan Francis Drive on historic St. Helena Island, SC on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from Noon to 6:30 pm.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of International Literacy Day and UNESCO is celebrating it under the banner “Reading the Past, Writing the Future”. International Literacy Day 2016 celebrates and honors the past five decades of national and international engagement, efforts and progress made to increase literacy rates around the world. It also addresses current challenges and looks to innovative solutions to further boost literacy in the future.
Fifty years ago, UNESCO officially proclaimed 8 September International Literacy Day to actively mobilize the international community and to promote literacy as an instrument to empower individuals, communities and societies.  So, the “Gullah/Geechee Nation Literacy Celebration” will begin before the day that the entire international community will join in this annual celebration.  The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition is encouraging people to come in and meet the authors and purchase and check out books on the 7th and then have family, library, school, and community center read-ins on September 8th and 9th.  They are also encouraging aspiring writers to come to the St. Helena Branch Library to learn about the book publishing technology and software that is available to the community between September 7th and 9th.
Authors on September 7th will include Queen Quet, David Grimm, Lynn Bryant, Shiela Martina, and JD Horn.  Special guests readings will also be done from the works of Heyward Inabinett and Mary Alice Monroe.  Come out to enjoy the history, biographies, and the novels that each of these authors has been inspired to write due to their connections to Gullah/Geechee cultural heritage and traditions.  For the schedule of readings and dialogues with the authors, email or call (843) 255-6486.
“Support the legacy of the Gullah/Geechee by continuing to promote literacy!”

August Schedule Adjustments in the Beaufort District Collection

August 8, 2016 by

BDC Panel Logo with Tagline

Due to scheduled staff absences, the Beaufort District Collection has some schedule adjustments for August 2016.

We have a small panel exhibit “The Pollitzer Family” on loan from the South Carolina Historical Society on display in the 2nd floor gallery just outside the BDC’s Research Room door. It will run through August 31st. The Gallery is open Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 5 pm.


While the Special Librarian/Archivist is out of the office August 3 – August 19:

  1. Research consultations are suspended.
  2. Permission for reproductions from our collection are suspended.
  3. Remaining staff will have lunch Noon to 1 pm each workday.
  4. Posting to this blog by BDC staff is suspended.
  5. Responses to any email or phone messages received will be made in the order in which they were first received. If you haven’t heard from us by August 31st, please re-submit.

#GullahGeechee Nation Appreciation is the Talk of the Town!

August 2, 2016 by


Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( was featured on WHHI’s “Talk of the Town” to discuss “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” and how it is celebrated Beaufort countywide.  Every township within Beaufort County, SC including Hilton Head Island, SC which is where WHHI is located, has been participating in the celebration for the past four years.  Yeddi disya fa kno how hunnuh kin be paat ob de “Celebration of Self-Determination!”


Garage Public Hearing Re-scheduled to August 17 at 10 am.

August 1, 2016 by


From our colleague, Lauren Kelly, Planner for the City of Beaufort re: the Craven Street Garage Proposal, Mon 8/1/2016 9:52 AM:


A quick update on the garage in the Beaufort Historic District – the meeting date has been moved to August 17 at 10am. We did not have a quorum for the original date.


Lauren W. Kelly City of Beaufort – Planner 843-525-7014


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