Archive for October, 2012

AASLH and AAM Join Forces

October 31, 2012

At the American Association for State and Local History’s (AASLH) 2012 Annual Meeting, AASLH and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) announced they have agreed to work together to raise awareness of national museum standards and align their assessment programs in order to streamline application and self-study processes. The AASLH Council enthusiastically approved the agreement at its meeting in Salt Lake City on October 3rd, promote awareness of Museum standards. 

Read the news release at


HBF to unveil 1/96th scale model of the ship that led the November 1861 invasion of Port Royal Sound

October 30, 2012

On behalf of Maxine at Historic Beaufort Foundation:

The 151st anniversary of “The Day of the Big Gun Shoot” and the resulting sea change in a way of life in Beaufort will be observed by Historic Beaufort Foundation with the unveiling of a scale model of the USS Wabash, the flagship of the Union Navy’s invasion of Port Royal Sound on November 7, 1861.

“The USS Wabash and the Day of the Big Gun Shoot” will be the topic of Dinner & a Lecture at the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street, November 12 at 5:30 p.m. Dennis Cannady, scale model craftsman, will talk about the Union invasion, the ship’s history, his building of the model and the features of the ship. The Big Gun Shoot is the label given the invasion by African slaves whose lives changed forever as their white masters fled their own changing way of life.

The Wabash was just seven years old when it steamed into Port Royal Sound under Flag Officer Samuel Francis du Pont. It had already seen action in an expedition against Nicaragua and had been part of a Mediterranean Squadron. At that time it was called “quite the finest ship of the foreign fleet and also the largest,” by then-midshipman George Dewey.

Spearheading the assault on Port Royal Sound, the Wabash led the largest invasion fleet yet organized by the Navy, containing 77 vessels and 16,000 Army troops under Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Sherman. Following the furious four-hour battle, Wabash led the battle line.

Cannady, a retired mechanical engineer and Civil War enthusiast, has created other models exhibited at the Verdier House including the SS Planter, a Confederate ship commandeered by local slave Robert Smalls, and a model of Robert Smalls home at 511 Prince Street. He is a frequent lecturer throughout the lowcountry and the state on the life of Robert Smalls.

Dinner and a Lecture is open to HBF members and non-members; the lecture series 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. 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. A three-course dinner at Saltus River Grill is offered at $19 per person for attendees at the lecture. Call Saltus River Grill at 379-3474 directly to make dining reservations.

Maxine Lutz, Interim Executive Director, P.O. Box 11 | 208 Scott’s 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.

November events at the Heritage Library

October 26, 2012


Family history research class:

Escape from the Usual Sources

Instructor: Carol Clemens, Volunteer
Heritage Library Foundation

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Want to flesh out your family tree? Try escaping from the usual sources like Ancestry and Family Search. Come learn about other online sources that may help you fill in some pieces in your family puzzle and add “life” to your tree. This class is appropriate for all levels of genealogists, especially beginners.

Fee: $25 Non-members, $20 Foundation members. For questions call Nancy Burke, 843-686-6560.

History lecture:

Welcome to the World!
Hilton Head Island from 1950 to 2012

Norman Harberger, Member
Heritage Library Foundation

Part 1: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2012;

Part 2: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2012;

A perspective of development of modern Hilton Head during the Charles Fraser years by a participant. Norman Harberger has been a Sea Pines property owner since 1974, and a full time resident since 1988. Norm is a mathematician/physicist who ended up as a business executive and management consultant. He brings to this presentation an analytical perspective, and a keen sense of the human factors and competing interests that have shaped, and continue to shape, the Island’s modern era.

Fee: $10 for non-members, $8 for members. Couples will pay $15 for non-members and $12 for members. For questions call Bill Altstaetter at 843-686-6560.

The Heritage Library is in the Savannah Bank building,
852 William Hilton Parkway, 2nd Floor, Suite A-2
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928
p. 843.686.6560 | f. 843.686-6506


Heritage Preservation Newsletter

October 22, 2012

In this Update:  2013 CAP applications, new Emergency program, and more!

Historic Port Royal and Historic Bluffton upcoming events

October 22, 2012

Via Mary Lou Brewton:


these sound like lovely events. Please note Bluffton Historical Preservation Society 2 events also below.


HISTORIC PORT ROYAL FOUNDATION Presents the first lecture of the 2012-2013 Series 

Local Author Thomas D. Wilson The Oglethorpe Plan: Enlightenment Design in Savannah and Beyond


For an enlightening talk and enriching historical discovery join the Historic Port Royal Foundation for the first lecture of our 2012 – 2013 series.

Planner and author Thomas D. Wilson will discuss his book about Oglethorpe’s plan for the Georgia Colony and the new model colony’s relations with South Carolina during the 1730s and 1740s. Learn about the vital role that our area played in the founding of Savannah. Mr. Wilson’s book will be available for purchase, and he will be happy to sign it after the lecture.

Tickets are $10 and are available at: Port Royal Town Hall, 700 Paris Ave., or by calling John or Anna Ellerbe at 522-9923. Please park on Paris Avenue

UPCOMING EVENTS Thursday October 25th Pickin’ in the Parlor of the Heyward House 2 pm until Local dulcimer musicians Mountain Strings will play lively tunes during this Open House (free) event Light Refreshments

Friday December 7th An Old World Christmas Gala Colcock-Teel House 46 Colcock St ENTERTAINMENT by Jeff Beasley and the Fabulous Clams

Period antebellum dress optional – dust off your hoop skirts! Dancing, Dining, Desserts and Delightful Discourse. To benefit the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society $50 per ticket $150 = ticket plus individual sponsorship*$400 per 8 person table $500 = 8 tickets plus sponsorship*

*SPONSORSHIP: recognition at event, listing in program and in thank you ad in Bluffton Breeze magazine, plus one drink and one extra drawing ticket

Drawing for FABULOUS prizes – tickets are $5 each