Archive for November, 2012

The Games People Play at Bft Co Historical Society Dec. 6th

November 27, 2012

On behalf of Mary Lou Brewton:

Press Release for Immediate Release

The Beaufort County Historical Society

Dec. 6th, Thursday, noon

The Games People Play by John Ellerbe

In the holiday spirit, Beaufort County Historical Society is pleased to host John Ellerbe discussing the history of Board Games. Remember that first board game your family would play for hours in the pre-video days, Ellerbe will discuss and appraise Board games, Thursday, Dec. 6th at noon. The meeting will be held at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club off of Meridian Rd. on Lady’s Island.

Ellerbe was born and raised in Charleston, SC. He was educated at Craft School, Charleston High and Clemson University. He was one of the founding fathers of the first social fraternity at Clemson, Sigma Alpha Zeta.

He had a nearly 40 year career as a Financial Consultant with Citigroup/Smith Barney in Southern California, where he met his wife, Anna.

He began a life-long interest in Board Games as a child when he received Monopoly from his aunt as a gift, and has collected board games, card games, mechanical and dexterity puzzles ever since.

Ellerbe’s collection now totals approximately 2,500 items, which he is in the process of cataloging.  He became interested in the history of games in 1984, when he joined the American Game Collectors Association, in which the primary interest was board games published prior to WWII. This group has grown and become international. The name has been changed to The Association of Game and Puzzle Collectors to incorporate the diverse interests of the members.

John has served on the board of the AGPC for approximately 10 years, as Vice President and Board Member.  Ellerbe continues to write for the Association’s quarterly newsletter.

If you would like for Ellerbe to appraise a Board game, please bring it to the meeting.

This meeting is free and open to the public. There is an optional light lunch catered by Debbi Covington at 11:30 for $10. Please RSVP by Dec. 4th to Pamela Ovens (contact information below).

Jan. 31st, 2013 – BCHS Presents Jubilee of Freedom Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, University Performing Arts Center, 6 pm, light dinner to follow.

Feb. 21st, 2013- Alexander Moore will discuss- The Fabric of Liberty – The Society of the Cincinnati of the State of South Carolina.

March 19th– Carleton Naylor of SCIAA- Noon- Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club will discuss his book The Day the Johnboat Went Up the Mountain: Stories from My Twenty Years in South Carolina Maritime Archaeology

May 16- Annual Meeting- elections- Penelope Holmes Parker will discuss the recent discovery of the identity of the Unknown Confederate Soldier at the Beaufort National Cemetery.

The Beaufort County Historical Society is the oldest association in Beaufort County dedicated to the study and preservation of history. A member based organization, the society was established in 1939.

For further information contact: Pamela Ovens-President or call 843-785-2767 -30-


Save the Date

November 22, 2012

Our next meeting will be held at Noon on Tues., Jan. 8th at the Colcock-Teel House in Bluffton.  Maureen Richards of the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society will be hostess; Natalie Hefter of Coastal Discovery Museum will be Chair.

BHM – New Exhibit & Reception – Dec. 13th

November 21, 2012

On behalf of Katherine Lang:

Beaufort History Museum Invites you to a Fish Camp Celebration at City Hall on December 13th!

Janet Garrity’s new book, Goin’ Down the River has sparked an interest in a low country lifestyle that is almost as old as Beaufort.  This interest can be seen up close and personal (and realistically closer than you’ll get to a real “smelling the pluff mud” fish camp) at a new exhibition that opens Thursday, December 13, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Beaufort History Museum at City Hall. 

Janet’s passion for the low country is evident in her images that are as crystal clear as the early morning light,  and Dennis Cannady’s model of a fish camp makes them concrete.  According to Dr. Larry Rowland, Professor Emeritus, USCB, and a local son of the rivers as well, fish camps date back to the 1700s. And sons and sons of sons of those first keepers of the salt water keys are shown in the environment they love best in Garrity’s images. 

Music by the the Bull Grapes (Kirk Dempsey & Adam Grenade).   

BBQ, Oysters, and Cupcakes!  Beer & wine available for purchase. 

For reservations, send a check for $25.00 per person (non-members) or $20.00 per person (members) to Beaufort History Museum, 1911 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC  29902. 

If you would like to join the Museum, annual membership is $25.00 per individual, & $35.00 per family.

MCN Training Opportunities

November 20, 2012

For our Museum folks:

BHPS: Old World Christmas Gala, Dec. 7th

November 16, 2012

On behalf of Maureen Richards: For Immediate Release 

Old World Christmas Gala to Support Historic Preservation, Bluffton, South Carolina,  December 7, 2012   6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society for an Old World Christmas Gala at the historic Colcock-Teel House.  Period costume (c. 1840 – 1920) is encouraged, so dust off your hoop skirt or your zoot suit!  Enjoy appetizers, dinner, dessert, and delightful discourse, and then dance the night away in the Oak Grove to the tunes of Jeff Beasley & the Fabulous Clams.  Tickets for the event are $50/person, with proceeds benefitting the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society and the Heyward House Historic Center; all monies raised will go directly back into the local Bluffton economy!

An old fashioned tombola (drawing) will be held, giving guests the chance to win fantastic prizes, including a vacation rental valued at $2000.  Tickets for the drawing are $5.00 each or 5 tickets for $20; winners need not be present to win.

Support historic preservation in Old Town Bluffton, when you ring in the holiday season at the Old World Christmas Gala!           

Please stop by or call the Heyward House at (843) 757-6293 or email for reservations and more information.