Archive for March, 2011

Time & Tides: A Celebration of 300 Years

March 30, 2011

Historic Beaufort Foundation is throwing a birthday party for Beaufort on April 30th.  People under 35 get a 25% reduction in the price of tickets.  Click here for the press release: HBF Time doc



March 30, 2011


Description:  The South Carolina Federation of Museums is pleased to announce the forthcoming workshop Leadership Training for Museum Professionals. Museum employees at all levels are in need of critical skills in management and leadership. Most staffs in museums have not had the formal or informal training needed to be effective contributors to the management of their organizations. Leadership is not exclusively a skill required of senior staff members. Workshop participants will learn through lecture, role playing, and self-assessment techniques to improve their contributions to maintaining high standards and meeting the museum’s mission. Topics covered will include project management, supervision, strategic planning, decision-making, managing change and current trends in museum leadership. Handouts will be provided.

 Featured Speaker:  The workshop will be lead by Martha Morris, Assistant Director and Associate Professor of Museum Studies at George Washington University (GWU). Professor Morris has worked in museums for over 35 years and offers a number of courses at GWU that focus on building management and leadership skills. She is retired from the Smithsonian Institution where she held the position of Deputy Director of the National Museum of American History. Professor Morris’s expertise is in museum management with an emphasis on strategic planning, project management, teambuilding, and leadership issues. She has lectured widely on museum planning and actively serves as a peer reviewer for AAM. She has published articles on collections management, organization change, exhibition development, and building projects. In 2009, Professor Morris co-authored the book, Planning Successful Museum Building Projects.  She served on the Board of the Mid Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) and chair of the annual Building Museums conference.                        

This workshop is made possible in part by the Dan Silosky Award from the Southeastern Registrars Association (SERA)


When: Wednesday, May 11, 2011              9:00am-4pm  Where:  The Charleston Museum 360 Meeting Street  Charleston, South Carolina  29403

Cost: $55 for SCFM members, $75 for non-members (includes SCFM membership) *Registration fee includes lunch*

PLEASE REGISTER BY APRIL 29, 2011 (space is limited to 25 attendees)

  Registration information and forms available at 

Need financial assistance to attend this workshop??? Consider applying for the George D. Terry Professional Development Fellowship!! 

 Questions?? Contact: Zinnia Willits Director of Collections Administration Gibbes Museum of Art 135 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 29401 email:  direct: 843.722.2706 ext. 32

Gwine Bak Conference in Jacksonville

March 30, 2011

Press release from the University of North Florida:

UNF Hosts Gullah/Geechee Before and Beyond the Civil War Conference  Joanna Norris, Associate Director Department of Public Relations (904) 620-2102 

The Anthropology Club at the University of North Florida and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition is sponsoring the “Gwine Bak Conference: Gullah/Geechee Before and Beyond the Civil War” three-day conference, beginning at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, and going through 3:45 p.m. Friday, April 1. This event is free and open to the public. 

The goal of the conference is to expose the broader UNF and Jacksonville communities to the value of community-engagement for building sustainable partnerships between the University and grassroots organizations, aimed at mutually beneficial strategies for social change. 

The Gullah/Geechee are now recognized as “the root of Africa in the New World” and the federal government officially responded in 2006 by designating the Southeastern coast as the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, which extends from Jacksonville, N.C., to Jacksonville, Fla., including all islands and 30 miles inland. 

Conference registration will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 30, at the UNF Intercultural Center for PEACE, located on the second floor of the UNF Student Union, Building 58 East.  

 The keynote speaker is Queen Quet Marquetta L. Goodwine, chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation. She is credited with leading the revitalization efforts, which culminated in speaking before the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, in 1999 at the Commission on Human Rights on behalf of the broader Gullah/Geechee community of the Southeastern United States. 

Many of the conference participants are Gullah/Geechee community activists and leaders who have been instrumental in the establishment of the 2006 Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Preservation Act and Congressional establishment of the Gullah/Geechee Heritage Corridor. Conference sessions include: 

• Disya da who WEBE: Foundations of Gullah/Geechee” 

• “De Livin Culcha: Interactions and Education Amongst the Gullah/Geechee Population” 

• The Legacy of Identity amongst the Gullah/Geechee 

• “De Chu’ch: Livin de Legacy of Faith” 

• “Economics and the Gullah/Geechee Environment” 

• “Environmental Justice and the Sea Islands” 

• “De Land an de Sea da We: Economical Sustainability and the Environment” 

• “Commodification of History and Culture” 

 For more information about the conference, visit To register for the conference, contact Dr. Melissa Hargrove, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, at

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March 29, 2011

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Fort Fremont the topic at HBF “Dinner and a Lecture”

March 25, 2011

From Maxine at Historic Beaufort Foundation:

The history of Ft. Fremont, Beaufort County’s once-hidden Spanish-American War remnant, will be the topic of Historic Beaufort Foundation’s Dinner & a Lecture, Monday, March 28th, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., at the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street.

Dr. Ray Rollings, a professional engineer with worldwide military construction experience and a member of the newly-formed Friends of Ft. Fremont, will discuss the history of the battery with historic photographs. Significant as one of only two surviving coastal fortifications in the United States intact from the Spanish-American War, the fort was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.

Once a sprawling, weed-choked and neglected structure at Land’s End on St. Helena Island, the fortification and surrounding 15 acres were bought by Beaufort County in 2006 with the plan to establish a park. It was built in 1898 to protect Beaufort from enemy incursions into Port Royal Sound. Decommissioned in 1911, it was in private hands from 1930 until purchased by the county five years ago.

Rollings will clarify many misconceptions related to the structure and put it in perspective with both local defense history and national coastal defense policy.

Open to HBF members and non-members, the lecture series, which takes place on the second floor of the Verdier House, features a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. The program is 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. followed by audience questions. A three-course dinner at Saltus River Grill is offered at $19 per person for attendees at the lecture. Admission to the lecture is $15/$25 per member/member couple respectively, and $20/$30 per non-member/non-member couple respectively. Seating is limited. Call 379-3331 to make reservations. Call Saltus River Grill directly to make dining reservations.

Grace’s plug for her employer:  You might want to take a peek at the Library’s web page on Fort Fremont