HBF Seeks Volunteers, Dinner & a Lecture

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   Volunteers are needed Saturday, September 21st, to work on a stabilization project at 605 West Street in the Old Commons. HBF will assist Lowe’s Heroes and the City of Beaufort in dismantling a two-story porch on the ca. 1880 home which was destroyed by a fallen tree. With the help of a Lowe’s Keep America Beautiful grant, the Lowe’s employees will repair the façade of the occupied home and HBF volunteers will be asked to assist in carrying debris to the on-site dumpster, in removing the chain link fence, in building and painting a new fence, in yard clean-up. Work starts at 9 a.m. and will continue until finished. You are asked to spend at least two hours helping out. Call Maxine or Jacque at 379-3331 with questions and to sign up

  HBF is partnered with the Beaufort County Library’s One County Reads the Civil War project.

When Sherman’s Troops Marched Through … At the Verdier House Dinner & A Lecture Monday, September 23rd

Hear  first-hand accounts from civilians of the devastating and frightening march of  60,000 troops led by Gen.  William T. Sherman’s through South Carolina in 1865 at the Verdier House Dinner  & A Lecture series, Monday, September 23rd at 5:30 p.m. at the Verdier  House, 801 Bay Street.

Personal experiences of the final blow of defeat to the  citizens of South Carolina will be discussed by archivist Karen Stokes of the  South Carolina Historical Society. The Civil War was in its final months and  the motivation of the attack was to punish the state where the seeds of  secession grew to full blossom. Hundreds of affected residents recorded their  harrowing experiences in letters, diaries, memoirs and newspaper accounts, much  of which is corroborated by the testimony of Sherman’s officers and soldiers.

Stokes brings these stories together in “South Carolina  Civilians in Sherman’s Path: Stories of Couirage Amid Civil War Destruction”  and will share them in her lecture. Many of the accounts offer a graphic  depiction of the destruction which changed South Carolina forever.

Stokes, who has worked with the manuscript collection at the  Historical Society for over 15 years, has published numerous articles on South  Carolina history. She will provide copies of her book for sale and will sign  them at the event.

“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.

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