Archive for March, 2010

HBF Announces Upcoming Programs

March 30, 2010

Evening lecture series continues through June at Verdier House with university scholars expert in their fields

The successful series of lectures now being held at the Verdier House will continue through June with programs each of the next three months provided by university professors who are experts in their fields.

On April 26thThe Sweetgrass Basket Community: The Baskets, The People, The Landscape” will be presented by Clemson University professor of landscape architecture Cari Goetcheus.  

On May 24th Lafayette scholar and College of Charleston history professor, Dr. Robert Crout, talking about his studies related to the Marquis de Lafayette who reportedly visited the Verdier House in 1825.  

Coming June 21, the third Monday of the month, Dr. Carl Lounsbury, leading architectural historian at the Colonial Williamburg Foundation and professor at the College of William & Mary, will present a program based on his study of colonial houses of worship, Laying the Cornerstone of New Zion: The Early Churches & Meeting Houses of America.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call Historic Beaufort Foundation at 379-3331. Seating is limited. 

Maxine F. Lutz
Executive and Board Assistant

Historic Beaufort Foundation
P.O. Box 11 | 208 West Street
Beaufort SC 29901

p: 843-379-3331
f: 843-379-3371
The mission of Historic Beaufort Foundation is to support the preservation, protection and presentation of sites and artifacts of historic, architectural and cultural interest throughout Beaufort County, South Carolina.


Spring Schedule for BDC Local History Programs

March 29, 2010

BDC Spring Local History Programs

Please share with your constituencies as appropriate. — Grace

Tues., March 30th — “Searching for Gov. Moultrie’s Forgotten People,” by Colin Brooker, 5:30 pm – 6:30pm, Paul Siegmund Room, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 2nd floor

 Mon., April 12th“Disaster Preparedness Panel for Artists” @ Arts Council of Beaufort County Office in Beaufort Town Centre retail complex on Hwy 21, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Fri., April 16th“Indian’s Revenge:  Including a History of the Yamassee Indian War, 1715 -1728” by William McIntosh, III (Author Book Talk) Lobeco Branch, 4:00 – 5:00 pm. 

Thurs., April 29th – “Building Fort Lyttleton, 1757 – 1758,” by Dr. Nicholas M. Butler   (2 Sessions / 2 Locations):

  • Afternoon Program, Hilton Head Branch, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
  • Evening Program, Paul Siegmund Room, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 2nd floor, 5:30pm – 6:30pm

 Thurs., May 6th“Indian’s Revenge:  Including a History of the Yamassee Indian War, 1715 -1728” by William McIntosh, III (Author Book Talk) Children’s Programming Room, Beaufort Branch Library, 5:30pm – 6:30pm. Please note:  Room Capacity is 45.  Doors open at 5:00pm. 

 Sat., May 22nd – Hands on “Oral History Workshop,” presented by the Citadel Oral History Program and the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture; Sponsored by the Beaufort District Collection and Penn Center; Interactive Workshop is limited to 40 registrants.  Please note: Registration required.  Workshop will be held in the Children’s Programming Room, Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.   

 Tues., May 25th – “Native Plants,” by Master Naturalist, Laura Rose of Clemson University Extension, Bluffton Branch Library, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm, Large Meeting Room

Brooker on Moultrie’s Slaves March 30th

March 23, 2010

The Beaufort District Collection is delighted to sponsor a local history program at the Beaufort Branch Library on Tuesday, March 30th

Colin H. Brooker will share his current research regarding the slaves of Gov. John Moultrie, a South Carolina lowcountry planter who sent 150 slaves to The Bahamas to establish plantations on New Providence and other islands.   His slaves pioneered the cultivation of long-staple cotton.  Based on recent archaeological and architectural surveys sponsored by the National Museum of The Bahamas, this lecture describes efforts to locate Moultrie’s long forgotten holdings and determine the ultimate fate of those enslaved individuals who settled them.  The perambulations of his slave, Santee, will be highlighted. 

“Searching The Bahamas for Gov. John Moultrie’s Forgotten ‘People’,” presentation by Colin Brooker in the Paul Siegmund Room of the Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC.  Tuesday, March 30, 2010 5:30 – 6:30 pm.  The program is free and open for anyone aged 12 years and over.

What if … ?

March 17, 2010

I monitor a digitization blog by Jill Hurst-Walsh called Digitization 101.  Her entry today about WolfWalk could have some application for our organization.  Here’s what she wrote:  

Last week, the North Carolina State University Libraries released WolfWalk.  WofWalk is “an innovative tool that makes it easy to explore the NC State campus and its history. WolfWalk capitalizes on the location awareness of today’s mobile devices to allow users to give themselves a self-guided historical walk through NC State’s main campus. As users stroll around campus, their mobile devices detect their current locations and then deliver a tour of nearby buildings and other historically interesting locations. Users with devices that don’t support GPS or other location detection, including older iPods, can manually navigate through the site to enjoy a tour of campus.” The press release goes on to say:

The new tool draws on the resources of the University Archives in the NCSU Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center, a vast array of documents, photos, audio files and other historical materials from the founding of the school up through the present.

 There is a preview of WolfWalk available on the NCSU web site.

If you point your mobile browser at, you can use WolfWalk even it you are not on campus.  I just tried it and it is VERY cool!

What if …?

Some HRC members offer tours of historic sites or facilities.  The rest of us probably have images or information about those sites or facilities and could therefore contribute to the content. 

I’m just throwing the idea out.  Wouldn’t it be way cool if the HRC could  design a County wide mobile device based self-guided tour of historic sites?  We’d need money to do it, of course, but perhaps the proposed tax being heralded by the respective Chambers of Commerce, could throw some money towards such a project? Would this not foster a better tourism experience? — Grace

Juried Fine Art and Craft Show Apr. 24 -25

March 16, 2010

The Art Market at Historic Honey Horn, a juried fine art and craft show, is set for April 24 and 25th on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.  The Coastal Discovery Museum is pleased to announce that artwork in media including: clay, wood, fibers, metals, glass, jewelry, watercolors, oil, mixed media and photography will be on display and for sale. 

The show is open to the public on Saturday, from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Sunday, from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. There is a $6.00 per car parking donation, while admission to the show is free.  Demonstrations through out the weekend will be held in glass, pine needle basketry, gourd carving, watercolor, silver smith and photography.

Contact: Robin Swift 843-689-3033 ext 224 for more details.