Archive for November, 2013

Teacher Seminars

November 20, 2013

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (from whom the BDC got the “Civil War 150” exhibit) offers Teacher Seminars – that include opportunities for School librarians, National Park Service Interpreters and Museum educators. Scholarships, too.  I’d go but as a public librarian, I can’t!  But maybe one of you could – and then tell us all about your experience and learning. – Grace


HBF’s Dinner & Lecture Nov. 18th

November 13, 2013

From Maxine:

 November 8, 2013Press Release Contact: Maxine Lutz 843-379-3331

Dinner & A Lecture at the Verdier House

Cookbook author Nathalie Dupree loves Bowens Island and its oysters. Writer and editor Stephen Hoffius loves Old Sheldon Church, and poet-laureate Marjory Wentworth loves Sullivan’s Island. But novelist Pat Conroy professes love for all of South Carolina and its constant surprise.

“State of the Heart: South Carolina Writers on the Places They Love” will be the topic at Dinner & A Lecture at the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street, November 18th at 5:30 p.m. Edited by writer Aida Rogers, “State of the Heart” includes essays by three-dozen state writers that make one want to take a road trip to each of these intriguing places. This anthology represents a love letter to South Carolina and provides a multifaceted historical and personal view of the Palmetto State. Historian Walter Edgar writes, “Southerners –whether they write poetry,     fiction or non-fiction – have a sense of place … sometimes that place is literal…sometimes spiritual.” This book of mini-memoirs reveals the places that have inspired and continue to inspire South Carolina writers, Edgar says.

Rogers has won national and regional awards for her feature journalism in newspapers, television and magazines. She lives in Columbia.  She will sign copies of her book following the lecture.

Open to HBF members and non-members, the lecture 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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Archaeological Society Talk – Nov. 19th

November 7, 2013

From Mary Lou Brewton 912-604-3634 m  Nov. 7th, 2013

Press Release for Immediate Release

RE: Nov. 19th– 1 pm ASSC/HH Chapter Meeting

Kara Bridgman Sweeney

Hilton Head, SC:  The Archaeological Society of South Carolina, Hilton Head Chapter is meeting on Hilton Head Island, Nov. 19th at 1 pm at Coastal Discovery Museum at Historic Honey Horn. The will be a brief business meeting for the election of officers.

Kara Bridgman Sweeney is our speaker for Nov.  Bridgman Sweeney will discuss her dissertation “A Complex Web of History and Artifact Types in the Early Archaic Southeast.” The ASSC  funded some of this work with a Grant-in-Aid in 2004, and she presented some of her preliminary findings at the ASSC conference in 2006.  Her project involved analyzing over 2,000 side-notched artifacts, in order to document the variation in artifact types throughout the Coastal Plain Southeast.

Dr. Kara Bridgman Sweeney (Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Florida; M.A., Archaeology, University College Cork, Ireland) has over 15 years of experience in the field of archaeology, with an emphasis on lithic analysis, historical interpretation, and public archaeology and outreach. Along with lithic analysis, Dr. Bridgman Sweeney’s specialties include ethnoarchaeology and technical writing.

Dr. Bridgman Sweeney’s Ph.D. studies involved the examination of Early Archaic social boundaries and processes at differing scales, as documented in her dissertation “A Complex Web of History and Artifact Types in the Early Archaic Southeast.” Recent projects include data recovery investigations at a Late Archaic/Early Woodland site near Fish Dam Ford on the Broad River in South Carolina, and various cultural resources investigations throughout Honshu and Okinawa, Japan. Dr. Bridgman Sweeney works for Brockington and Associates out of their Savannah, Georgia office.

We had several meetings in the Beaufort area during Archaeology Month including our  4th Annual What the HECK is IT? Artifact Identification Program- 1st time North of the Broad. Drs. Jon Leader and Ron Anthony identified a number of artifacts.

The Inaugural Arkhaios Cultural and Archaeology Film Festival was held at the Coligny Plaza was a smashing success. Meetings are being held to determine dates for 2014.

For further information: Dwayne Pickett, President ASSC/HH ;


31st Annual Heritage Days Celebration een de Gullah/Geechee Nation!

November 5, 2013

Gullah/Geechee Nation

Join us on historic St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation November 7-10, 2013 for the 

31st Annual Heritage Days Celebration


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“Eyes Still on the Prize: Celebrating a Legacy of Change”

31st Annual Heritage Days Celebration



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This year’s event is being co-chaired by our own, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation   ( and Dr. Valerie Jackson of the Beaufort County School District.

Three days of celebration will take place on the campus of the historic Penn School from November 7-9 and the weekend culminates with fellowships at the local churches.   Oytotunji African Village, Penn graduates and staff, Penn Club members, and Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation will all be a part of the 3 pm opening ceremony and founder’s memorial service on Thursday.   This will be followed by the opening of the “Taste of the Sea Islands” in the Penn…

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Angel Oak Fellowship on Johns Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

November 5, 2013

Gullah/Geechee Nation

The Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition ( has been a part of the efforts to save the Angel Oak on Johns Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation for several years.  They are now working with the Lowcountry Open Land Trust to raise $3.6 million to create the Angel Oak Preserve on 17 acres of property surrounding the tree.   Contributions to this effort have already been made by numerous individuals, businesses, and governmental entities and there is a November 21, 2013 deadline to reach the goal.  So, donates continue to be collected at:

In the midst of all of the work that has brought together people from all walks of life, there is going to be the Fellowship at Angel Oak on Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 1-5 pm.  The event is FREE!  Bring out a cover dish to share and a chair and enjoy the fellowship!…

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