Archive for November, 2011

Another 150th Anniversary Commemoration is Dec. 1 – Dec. 4

November 21, 2011

The Coastal Discovery Museum and the Lowcountry Civil War Round Table, Inc. have partnered as lead sponsors to present the “Lowcountry Civil War Sesquicentennial Commemoration” on December 1-4, 2011.  This Lowcountry event will present four days commemorating the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War and the early events of the War in the local area. There will be a theatrical performance by Clarence Felder and Chris Weatherhead, an afternoon narrated cruise (including lunch) of Port Royal Sound where the Battle took place, a re-enactment of a Civil War campsite, lectures by nationally prominent historians, an opening reception of the Civil War exhibition at Honey Horn, and tours and lectures by all sponsors around Beaufort County.  Find the details at  Fee.


E-mail problems at the BDC

November 18, 2011

Dear Colleagues,

I can read your messages.  However, I cannot respond to you because my reply messages are bouncing back as undeliverable.  I cannot send messages out either.  Those are being eaten in cyberspace.  Our IT folks are looking into why this is so and how to fix the problem. 

I sent out invitations to join the BCHRC blog as authors to you via the server, rather than the County’s e-mail system.  However, your acceptances are going into the County’s Outlook system  where I can read them but from whence I cannot reply to your acceptances.  Also, I cannot share the e-mail list of our membership today as promised because I can’t send out messages right now.   Keep your fingers crossed that the problem is solved by opening on Monday.

I apologize for the delay.  — Grace


Free Webinars for Museums

November 12, 2011

AASLH is offering three FREE Webinars with funding generously provided by an IMLS 21st Century Museum Professionals Grant. 

 Telling a Good Story November 17, 2011 Time: 2-3:15 pm Eastern A good guided tour is a good story, told well, says guest speaker Linda Norris. Join us to explore telling stories to create more meaningful tours and to connect with visitors who arrive at your site with many different interests.

Creating Historic House Interpretive Plans that Connect December 8, 2011 Time: 2-3:15 pm Eastern Interpretive plans that connect with your visitors and their lives are the keystone for a positive visitor experience. Guest speaker Nancy Bryk will show participants how research is an integral part of the interpretive planning process.

Redefining Audiences January 27, 2012 Time: 2-3:15 pm Eastern Who are our current audiences and how can we engage new ones? Looking at the most recent U.S. Census, Susie Wilkening will discuss demographic change and the valuable ways in which history organizations can use census data.

All three webinars are FREE to AASLH members and nonmembers. Plus, webinar topics and materials are supported by standards and recommendations from the StEPs program. StEPs is the only national standards program designed specifically for history organizations. StEPs enrollment is easy – no application, no eligibility requirements, and no deadline for completion! Pre-registration is necessary. Visit the StEPs Webinar webpage for more information.

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“The Planter” is topic of HBF Dinner & a Lecture

November 11, 2011

From Maxine on Nov. 8th: 

An illustrated history of the CSS Planter from its life as a packet boat operated with an enslaved crew to its place in history as the US Planter, a political and naval icon, will be presented as part of Historic Beaufort Foundation’s “Dinner & a Lecture” series Monday, November 28, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., at the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street.

“The History of the CSS Planter,” will be presented by Robert Smalls’ scholar, lecturer and model maker Dennis Cannady. He will trace the ship from its construction order by Scottish Capt. John Ferguson in late 1859, its trial runs in Shem’s Creek in late 1860, its wartime use and its postwar history when Ferguson repurchased it for use as a commercial steamer. Cannady will also detail its demise.

The story of the enslaved Robert Smalls’ daring capture of the Planter in the Civil War led to his impact on Beaufort’s history for over 45 years and on generations of Beaufortonians. Another compelling facet of the story is the life of Capt. John Ferguson, whose great-granddaughter lives in Beaufort today and who has established friendship with Smalls’ descendants.

Cannady, like most new to Beaufort, had never heard of Smalls despite a lifetime of Civil War research. Once here, with his avocation of history and his hobby of building historic ship models, Cannady found previously unexplored material. In addition to lecturing on Smalls and the crafting of ship models for Osher Life Long Learning, Cannady, a retired mechanical engineer, is a lecturer for the nationally touring exhibition, The Life & Times of Congressman Robert Smalls, now on exhibit at the Verdier House until December 20. His ship models have been displayed in galleries and museums along the east coast from Jacksonville to Boston.

Open to HBF members and non-members, the monthly lecture series features a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception, 5:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. Programs are 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. followed by audience questions and are held the fourth Monday of each month. 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.

HBF has moved

November 10, 2011

HBF has moved into our new office space at 208 Scott’s Street.  The 1,000-square foot building stands behind the Foundation’s flagship restoration, the Verdier House. The structure has been used mostly as office space in the last 40 years.

However, the building was built ca. 1910 as a Model-T repair shop and later dispensed coal and lumber. At some time in its history, the garage doors were removed and the interior was finished so that any structural sins of the past were unapparent.

That is until Anchor Construction, the contractor converting the building to HBF’s permanent headquarters, began removing sheetrock, interior walls, ceiling and floor last  May. Uh-oh, two of the brick exterior walls were sitting directly on the ground! Uh-oh, the west wall was bowed about four inches! Uh-oh, the mortar in the north wall which was to have windows replaced that had been bricked in had turned to powder! The walls were no longer attached to the studs and the studs were rotten!

In a town in which there are not ordinances to protect historic buildings, or with a contractor unsympathetic to preservation or an owner who insists, “It
can’t be saved,” 208 Scott’s Street would now be an empty lot. Instead, the  creative contractor removed the two walls that would have collapsed had the
work progressed and rebuilt them. At one point, when the only unoriginal wall (the front façade) was partially removed for replacement, the poor old building consisted of only one complete wall and a roof.

Can we say this building was saved? One wall was saved along with half of the façade. The roof was saved as was original bead board hidden behind sheetrock and the dropped ceiling. Its form and footprint were saved.  Its relationship to the streetscape remains.

Sometimes this is the most that can be hoped for and, in this regard, we think it’s an inspiring preservation project. We’ll have an open house soon so that you can come visit our new, old building!

*Please note that our contact information remains the same!