HBF E-Mail Blast of Upcoming Activities Sept. 2011 – June 2012


Undaunted Valor-Stephen Elliott
and the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery

Monday, September 26
5:30 at the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street

A special lecture and gallery tour of a new permanent exhibit at the Verdier House, The Beaufort Volunteer Artillery: Guardians of the Lowcountry Since 1776, will be held Monday, September 26th as part of HBF’s Dinner & A Lecture series.

Ron Roth, curator of the exhibit, will speak about the BVA which was called to fight in the American Revolution, the war of 1812, the Civil war, World Wars I and II.  Few military units in the history of the United States have served this country longer and with more distinction than the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery.  This exhibition provides highlights of its history, beginning with the American Revolution, using artifacts owned by HBF, the Beaufort Museum and the Confederate Relic Room in Columbia.  Mr. Roth’s talk will also focus on Stephen Elliott and his direct involvement with the BVA.

Roth was director of the Reading (PA) Public Museum and art director of the Museum of Nebraska before moving to South Carolina. He has developed and curated almost 20 exhibitions.

Open to HBF members and non-members, the lecture series takes place on the second floor of the Verdier House, and features a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.   The talks are presented from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 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.

HBF News and Updates

The Verdier House

In the next two months, two new history exhibits will open inside the Verdier House.  One is a permanent exhibit describing the history of the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery featuring the restored BVA Flag and the other a travelling exhibit from the S. C. State Museum entitled “The Life and Times of Congressman Robert Smalls.” While exhibits are being added to the back rooms and upstairs in the Verdier House, tours of the house will still emphasize its use as a planter’s home and the history the house has experienced. The two front rooms and entrance hall will remain furnished as the first Verdier family might have furnished them. 

As opportunities arise to point visitors to other historic sites in the Beaufort County area, we would like to have informative brochures, maps, and information about those sites available to them.  We would like for the Verdier House to become a gateway into many aspects of Beaufort’s history as we have the opportunity to develop more small exhibits, host traveling exhibits, and send visitors out into the many fascinating historic places around our area.

HBF’s Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens

During the Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens visitors are invited to explore Beaufort from a rare vantage point: a selection of private homes, gardens, and plantations normally not open to the public welcome visitors inside. The houses represent three centuries of Beaufort architecture for which the city is justly famous. These self-paced walking tours offer a distinctive opportunity to observe how contemporary lifestyles are lived within the framework of our unmatched architectural heritage.

The 2011 Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens is Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23.

Reservations can be made by calling 859-371-3331 or online by clicking here.

National Trust for Historic Preservation’s
Preservation Leadership Training
June 2, 2012-June 9, 2012

Historic Beaufort Foundation is pleased to announce that in June of 2012, the National Trust for Historic Preservation and HBF will host Preservation Leadership Training (PLT) in Beaufort. Preservation Leadership Training emphasizes the most up-to-date, effective preservation techniques, including training in current preservation practices, issues and action strategies.  The weeklong program will include classroom lectures, tours, team projects, role playing and participatory learning experiences.  The city itself will serve as a living laboratory for preservation issues.  In addition to classroom sessions, participants will study issues related directly to Beaufort.  Proposals developed from these studies will outline optimal uses for the subject buildings and contribute to the vitality of Beaufort and the community as a whole. 

Preservation Leadership Training (PLT) is conducted only once a year. Among past cities to host PLT are Portland, ME, Birmingham, AL, Mount Vernon, VA, and Astoria, OR.  The PLT program is specifically designed for community leaders who are in positions to influence preservation activities in their states, regions, towns, and neighborhoods. Participants typically include staff and volunteer leaders of private, nonprofit preservation organizations, staff of state and local government agencies, members or staff of commissions, from across the country. National, state and local experts in preservation and organizational development comprise the workshop faculty, and will give the 50 select preservation professionals a balanced national perspective and a network of statewide and local resources for the future.  

The intensive weeklong program is tentatively scheduled for the middle of June 2012.  Please be sure to visit HBF’s website (www.historicbeaufort.org) regularly for updates and for ways to be involved in PLT.


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