Santa Elena History Center – March 28 – April 8

March 27, 2017 by

Event and Program Announcements from the Santa Elena History Center March 28-April 8            



Join us for a variety of special programs and presentations 

in the Lecture Room of the Santa Elena History Center. Meet characters from our past, dive into the layers of the Santa Elena story, learn about the scientific aspect of archaeology, meet special guests in Beaufort, and much more!  Click here to register online and reserve your seat!

The History & Art of Cigar Making

Join Cuban born Juan Carlos Jiménez, who from his own factory in the Dominican Republic has been producing handcrafted Cuban seed cigars for the past 20 years. Today, he takes us on a fascinating journey of learning, and what it takes to produce a cigar worthy to be named the ‘official cigar’ of both The White House & Mount Vernon!  Male or female, cigar smoker or not, we believe you will enjoy this lecture, which will provide you with a whole new appreciation and understanding of the mystique and ongoing interest so many have in participating in this fine art that has been around for thousands of years.

March 28, 2017 @ 3:00 pm –4:00 pm

Santa Elena History Center 1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902 Cost: $10.00

Instructor: Juan Carlos Jimenez

Painting the Southern Coast: The Art of West Fraser

In this program West Fraser will talk about how the story of the First European Artist in North American and the history of Spanish Florida inspired him to paint a specific geography of the South Eastern Coast. West will relate his personal experience with the land, geography, and history of the area he calls ‘My Country,’ as well as discuss the making of his latest book Painting the Southern Coast: The Art of West Fraser. Signed copies will be available for purchase.  Please join us afterwards for wine and informal conversation with Mr. Fraser.

April 1, 2017 @ 4:00 pm –6:00 pm

Santa Elena History Center

1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902 Cost: $20.00

Instructor: West Fraser

Echoes from Beaufort’s Past

This one hour production takes you back in time with 19th century music, dances, period dress, and diary accounts bringing to life the history of the Low Country. Hear the Gullah songs and the plantation stories that shaped a people who lived on these islands during antebellum and civil war times. (35 min. show and 25 minutes antebellum dance instruction)March 28 and 31, 2017 @ 4:30 pm –5:30 pm

Santa Elena History Center

1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902 Cost: $10.00

Instructor: Evelene Stevenson

Basic Navigation and Tools of 16th Century Explorers  

Today we move about with the aid of satellite-based navigation tools and Internet maps. Researchers are even confident that we will have self-driving vehicles in just a few years. This course allows you to learn the art of navigation and to discover the methods sailors used 500 years ago. Learn from master navigators Howard Heckrotte and Doug Nelson to plot a course using a sextant, quadrant, compass, and chronometer. Learn how these 16th Century tools advanced European discovery and exploration of the New World.

March 30, 2017 @ 3:00 pm –4:00 pm

Santa Elena History Center

1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902 Cost: $10.00

Instructor: Douglas Nelson and Howard Heckrotte

The European Struggle to Settle North America

Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, England, France, and Spain struggled to establish permanent settlements in North America. Most of their attempts failed, but each country finally achieved success. The area that would become South Carolina played an important role in this struggle. The authors of The European Struggle to Settle North America: Colonizing Attempts by England, France and Spain, 1521-1608 will delve into settlement efforts in the Southeastern United States and in particular the Port Royal Sound region. Signed copies of The European Struggle to Settle North America: Colonizing Attempts by England, France and Spain, 1521-1608 will be offered for sale after the program.

April 5, 2017 @ 3:00 pm –4:00 pm

Santa Elena History Center

1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902 Cost: $10.00

Instructor: Dwayne and Peggy Pickett

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.


Need something to do with the kids during spring break or the summer? Check out our selection of fun, interactive programs.

Perfect for families and kids alike. Click here for more info.

Come see what’s special at el Almacen, the Museum Store! 

Announcement! The all-new Collector’s Corner hosts an extensive and varied collection of vintage printed material… booklets, newspaper clippings, map of coastal areas, old currency and letters…. and much more!

Come discover what part of this special collection to make your own!

All from the collection of a generous Santa Elena supporter.

Lots of hostess, birthday, and children’s gifts to choose from, in addition to Santa Elena souvenirs!

Stop by anytime to visit the store. A limited number of items are available online:


Stop by the Heritage Library to explore your ancestry. The Heritage Library is open at the Santa Elena History Center on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.


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  

Admission is $10/adult, $5/child (age 5-12), and free for children under 5, active duty and first responders.

SANTA ELENA HISTORY CENTER        1501 BAY STREET, BEAUFORT, SC 29902         843-379-1550         WWW.SANTA-ELENA.ORG

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Celebrate Gullah/Geechee Sustainability and Self-Sufficiency on St. Helena Island

March 26, 2017 by
Celebrate Gullah/Geechee Sustainability and Self-Sufficiency at the St. Helena Island Community Market’s 
Tunis Campbell Day
St. Helena Community Market Tunis Campbell Day
The St. Helena Island Community Market will open its second month of activities for 2017 with “Tunis Campbell Day” and a seed swap on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Dr. Martin Luther King Memorial Park on historic St. Helena Island, SC.  The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition is proud to collaborate with the market on this celebration of Gullah/Geechee sustainability and self-sufficiency in honor of Freedman’s Bureau Commissioner Tunis Campbell who assisted with land redistribution on the Sea Islands.  Given that Beaufort County is now the location of the new multi-site US Reconstruction Era National Monument, the St. Helena Island Community Market participants seek to provide more information to the attendees regarding this aspect of history.   To that end, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( will do a presentation regarding Tunis Campbell at “Tunis Campbell Day.”
Queen Quet will also celebrate the anniversary of her first visit to the United Nations to speak to the Human Rights Commission on behalf of Gullah/Geechee people at the “Tunis Campbell Day.”  That historic event took place on April 1, 1999.  Queen Quet has dedicated her life to protecting Gullah/Geechee land rights and the continuation of Gullah/Geechee culture.  Her life has many parallels to that of Tunis Campbell.  She also served as a federal commissioner and encountered many of the obstacles to land rights protection that Tunis Campbell did.   Being a native of St. Helena Island caused Queen Quet to know what Sea Island self-sufficiency is first hand and she is proud to be a part of the St. Helena Island Community Market which continues to support self-sufficiency and sustainability.
Queen Quet will do a book, CD, and DVD signing and there will be a number of other crafts and musical artists and entrepreneurs taking part in the St. Helena Island Community Market which takes place on the 1st and 3rd Saturday each month.  For those that are interested in more information about the market, please email or go to or email
Cum jayn we fa celebrate Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Self-Sufficiency!

Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club Launches with “Reconstruction: The Second Civil War”

March 22, 2017 by

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition will continue its “Gullah/Geechee Living History” series with a series of movies at the St. Helena Branch Library on historic St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  The entire community is invited to come out to be a part of the new “Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club.”   Each showing will involve dialogues and links to additional educational resources for each film or TV broadcast.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War

The “Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club” will begin on Saturday, May 20th with Part 1 of the documentary, “Reconstruction: The Second Civil Warwhich will be introduced by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( who appeared in and consulted for the documentary which aired on PBS when it was first released.

Reconstruction: The Second Civil War

Given that Beaufort County is now part of the new multi-site “Reconstruction Era National Monument,” this film showing will be a wonderful continuation of the celebration of this historic designation!

For more information email

Come celebrate the Gullah/Geechee historical legacy at the

“Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club!”  

Hunnuh gwine yeddi plenee bout webe!

Beaufort County Historical Society – Save the Dates

March 17, 2017 by


To:     BCHS membership and Media E lists

From: ML Brewton          912-604-3634

Press Release for Immediate Release

BCHS-  Save the DATES

Beaufort, SC:  Save the DATES for exciting Beaufort County Historical Society events.

May 18th, 2017–noon–78th Annual Meeting –Dr. Brent Morris- Yes Lord, I know the Road– optional catered lunch at 11:30 Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club

June 22nd, 2017–11 am BCHS partners with Beaufort District Collection–Cate Lineberry Live Free or Die-Robert Smalls Author Book Talk, Sale, and Signing in Beaufort Branch, Beaufort County Library, 311 Scotts St.

3 PM   Beaufort County Library  Bluffton Branch

June 28th, 2017–2 pm  BCHS partners with Beaufort District Collection–Doug Bostick, Executive Director of the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust,  Carolina Day   “South Carolina Liberty Trail” Beaufort Branch, Beaufort County Library 311 Scotts St.

July 1st- Liberty Week-Super Museum Saturday  (details to follow)

All events are free and open to the public.

The Beaufort County Historical Society, the oldest historical association in Beaufort County, was established in 1939.  We continue our mission

as an all volunteer-membership based Society dedicated

to the study and preservation of Beaufort County history.

For further information contact: Mary Lou Brewton-President or 912-604-3634 m

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Santa Elena History Center & Heritage Library NOB

March 13, 2017 by

Programs and Highlights from the Santa Elena History Center and Heritage Library – Beaufort Branch