Archive for June, 2011

Heads up: Disaster Preparedness Workshop in September

June 30, 2011

PALMCOP will be hosting a Disaster Preparedness Workshop in Aiken on Friday, September 23 from 9 am until 4 pm.  Due to the hands-on nature of the workshop, attendance will be limited to 30 members of PALMCOP.  Please mark your calendars for this learning opportunity offered for the reasonable price of $10 and stay tuned for further details….. From  DebbieLee Landi  Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist  206B James B. Duke Library  Furman University 3300 Poinsett Highway Greenville, SC 29613-4100  864-294-2714

If you haven’t done this training before, or just want a refresher, here’s your chance in September.  The training is not offered on a regular basis. 


HBF announces Fall Tour of Homes Oct. 21 – Oct. 23

June 23, 2011

Tickets are on sale now for the 2011 Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens!


Luncheon and Lecture with Antiques Expert Judith Miller

Dataw Island Clubhouse on Friday, October at 12:00

$55 per person

On Friday, October 21, Judith Miller, an internationally acclaimed antiques expert, author, and founder of Miller’s Antiques Price Guide, will present a lecture entitled, “Purchasing Antiques For Historic Interiors” while guests enjoy an elegant luncheon at the Dataw Island Clubhouse.  Judith began collecting in the 1960s and has written more than 100 books.   Judith resides in London UK. She is a frequent lecturer at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Smithsonian.   Don’t miss out on this fascinating and informative event!


Beaufort Historic District

Friday, October 21

3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  or 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

$45 per person

A late afternoon stroll is a favorite way to see Beaufort.  This perennially popular tour includes eight private houses in the city’s National Historic Landmark District, the state’s largest.  The private homes open this afternoon represent the variety of architectural styles built in the city over the past two hundred years.  Among those on tour are The Milton Maxcy House, also known at Secession House and The Leverett House on Bay.  Several homes on the Point are featured including the Thomas Hazel House, the Williams Johnson House and the Trescott House.   This self-paced walking tour also includes a tour of the Verdier House, circa 1805, which is Historic Beaufort Foundation’s house museum.



Saturday, October 22

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  or  11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  

$45 per person

Today’s tour is a wonderful combination of houses that gives visitors a clear picture of the various historic buildings that together weave the tapestry of the Lowcountry’s architectural styles from simple to grand, from houses in the city  to country retreats and plantations.  The George Moss Stoney House and The Robert Means House are among the eight properties open today.  A short drive from town will take you to Darlington House and Wimbee Creek Farm, two country retreats reflecting the owners’ interest in preserving antique buildings and creatively using them to create exquisite homes.  Not to be missed are the exquisite gardens and grounds of Dean Hall Plantation’s exquisite gardens and grounds, which are open just for today, are not be missed.

 *Automobile transportation required to visit country sites.



Saturday, October 22

4:00 to 6:30  

$45 per person

The community of Spring Island has generously opened the tabby ruins for Fall Festival participants.  Beginning at 4:00 on Saturday, October 22, guests are invited to spend an afternoon at the tabby ruins, visit the African-American cemetery, and to view the nearby Praise House as well as enjoy a wine and cheese reception.  The B.J. Scott Choir of Huspah Baptist Church will perform at the tabby ruins at both 4:30 and 5:30.



Sunday, October 23

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  or 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.   

$45 per person

 Experience culinary Beaufort!  Local chefs will create regional specialties in private kitchens in houses on Lady’s Island, Newpoint and Coosaw Island. Five chefs, five houses!  A fun way to spend Sunday afternoon!

*Automobile transportation required.



You may order a la carte or purchase the complete tour package which includes one ticket to each event for $215

Telephone or fax orders—Credit card only

Telephone:  843-379-3331    fax:  843-379-3371


Mail order:  P.O. Box 11, Beaufort, SC  29901



The Arsenal, 713 Craven Street


All sales are final. No refunds will be given. Tours proceed rain or shine.  NO TICKETS WILL BE MAILED.  We cannot make reservations without payment by cash, check or credit card.


Beginning October 17, tickets may be picked up at The Arsenal, 713 Craven, as follows:

Monday, Oct. 17-Thursday, Oct. 20    10 am until 4 pm

Friday, Oct. 21          10 am until 6:30 pm

Saturday, Oct. 22       9 am until 3 pm

Sunday, Oct. 23         10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Aiken-Rhett House is in the “This Place Matters” contest – $s to be awarded

June 17, 2011

From the South Carolina Archival Association list-serv 6.17.2011: 

Only 13 days left to cast your vote and support a significant historic site here in SC!

The Aiken-Rhett House is one of 100 organizations out of 265 that were selected by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to compete for funding in the This Place Matters contest.  Voting is online at the National Trust’s website and there are only three awards, so this contest will be quite competitive. The Historic Charleston Foundation could possibly win $5,000, $10,000 or even $25,000! These funds would allow for in-depth research of the slave quarters at the Aiken-Rhett House that would in turn lead to preservation and interpretation of these important buildings. This is the only South Caroline site on the list! 
During the one month period from June 1, 2011, through June 30, 2011 participants are able to support Historic Charleston Foundation.  
To vote:
Historic Charleston Foundation’s preservation page where you will be prompted to register (or log-in if you are already registered) to vote.  

Voters just need a valid email address and postal code, the National Trust for Historic Preservation will then email a username and pass code.  Once registered and logged in, visit
Historic Charleston Foundation’s page and click the vote button (shown below) on the right to cast your vote.   Please vote, then pass then pass this email on to your friends, families, contacts – everyone you know!
Thank you, because you know that This Place Matters!

Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records Projects Grant Opportunity

June 17, 2011

The National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), a part of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), supports projects that promote the preservation and use of America’s documentary heritage essential to understanding our democracy, history, and culture.

Projects should expand our understanding of the American past by facilitating and enhancing access to primary source materials.

The Commission will support such activities as establishing archives programs, processing archival collections at the basic or detailed levels, surveying and accessioning archival records, and converting existing archival collection finding aids to new online formats. Applicants may submit proposals for one or any combination of the following four project categories: 1. Basic Processing; 2. Detailed Processing; 3. Documentary Heritage; and, 4. Retrospective Conversion of Descriptive Information.

  • Draft Deadline (optional):   August 1, 2011
  • Final Deadline:   October 6, 2011

NHPRC support begins no earlier than July 1, 2012.

For details, see

Topic of June 27th “Dinner & a Lecture” is Altamaha

June 13, 2011

Next up in HBF’s  “Dinner and a Lecture” series is Dr. Eric Poplin.  He will discuss recent excavations at the site of Altamaha Town in Okatie and data recovery from digs at the Comabahee River on U.S. Hwy. 17.    Archaeological evidence indicates that Altamaha town was occupied from at least 1500 B.C. to 1715 and was home to 1200 – 1500 Yamasee Indians at the time of the outbreak of the Yamasee War.   Mon., June 27th, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm in the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street.  Fee.  For details or reservations call Historic Beaufort Foundation, 379-3331.

Read the press release here:  Verdier House Lecture-Poplin archaeology doc