HBF- Dinner & a Lecture


From Historic Beaufort Foundation:

Unknown graves in downtown Charleston:
 who and why?

Scores of unknown human remains turned up in Charleston a year ago this month when excavations for an expansion of the Gaillard Auditorium were begun. The discovery of the remains, their recovery and the investigation into who they were will be the topic of Historic Beaufort Foundation’s Dinner & a Lecture, Monday, February 24, 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., at the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street.

Dr. Eric Poplin, archaeologist and cultural resources manager with Charleston’s Brockington & Associates, was called in by the City of Charleston when earth movers began to uncover the graves. All construction was set aside to allow Poplin and his team to exhume the remains to prevent desecration and destruction. Poplin’s lecture will discuss securing the remains, re-internment and the historical research, artifact and physical analysis conducted to determine who they were and how they came to be buried at that site.

Open to HBF members and non-members, the lecture series, sponsored by Audi of Hilton Head, takes place on the second floor of the Verdier House and features a wine and hors d’oeuvres reception from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.   The talks are presented from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. followed by audience questions.  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.


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