Archive for April, 2014

Archaeology of the Combahee Ferry Historic District

April 26, 2014

IMG_0262 HARRIET TUBMAN AND THE COMBAHEE RIVER RAID EXHIBIT  Mondays through Fridays 10 am – 5 pm, April 3 – June 27th | Beaufort District Collection

The exhibit highlights the fascinating story of Harriet Tubman and the Combahee River Raid that resulted in widespread destruction of rice plantations along the Combahee River in South Carolina and the freedom of more than 700 enslaved people in June 1863. The exhibit is a collaboration of Brockington & Associates, SC Department of Transportation, US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Beaufort County Engineering & Infrastructure, Beaufort County Planning Department and the Beaufort County Library.

Monday, June 9th: Dr. Eric Poplin, lead archaeologist of Brockington & Associates, talks about the history and archaeology of the Combahee Ferry Historic District.  Free. Open to anyone over age 12 interested in attending.  Co-sponsored by the Beaufort Chapter, Archaeological Society of South Carolina.  Program begins at 6 pm in the Children’s Programming Room of Beaufort Branch Library.

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Price Change: Civil War Symposium

April 25, 2014

Pvt Haywood Treadwell poster (2)

New Diorama at HBF

April 24, 2014

April 11, 2014

Press Release
Contact: Maxine Lutz

Beaufort Hotel, Adams Express, and Post Office,
on Bay Street, 1863, Diorama Photo.

Walk the Bay Street of 1863

A scale model diorama of 1863 Bay Street will open at the Verdier House, 801 Bay Street, April 28. Housed in the ground floor of the house, the exhibit is open free to the public 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Historic Beaufort Foundation’s monthly Dinner & A Lecture will follow at 5:30 p.m., featuring a formal presentation and photographic tour of Bay Street by model craftsman Dennis Cannady.

Using photographs taken during the Civil War by noted photographer Samuel Cooley and others, Cannady spent the last 14 months capturing each Bay Street structure, from New to Charles streets, in 1:120 scale. The exhibit portrays a 19th century view of Bay Street largely unknown today. Of the 62 structures he re-created, 42 of them were major buildings. Of those 42, only seven remain. Fires, hurricanes and demolition took the others and the exhibit highlights that.

Cannady placed each building in context and in relationship to each other on a simulated Bay Street complete with sandy streets and a waterfront covered with wharfs. His lecture will be illustrated by photos of his models side-by-side with the historic photos.

Every building has been re-created as authentically as possible based on the photographs. Windows, chimneys, porches and doors all in miniature are reflected as they appear in the photographs. Cannady recreated the lowcountry landcape with spices including coarse pepper, dill weed and seed, lemon peel, and roasted garlic and dried flowers, glass beads and moss.

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 and a model of the U.S.S. Wabash, a U.S. Navy ship which spearheaded the assault on Beaufort in 1861. Cannady is a frequent lecturer throughout the lowcountry and the state on the life of Robert Smalls.

Dinner & a Lecture guests are invited to gather in the ground floor at 5:30 p.m. for the wine and hors d’oeuvre reception while they get a first-hand look at the eight-foot long diorama. The lecture is 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the Verdier House drawing room.

The evening event is open to HBF members and non-members. 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.

Please remember that Historic Beaufort Foundation is a membership organization and memberships are critical to helping continuing our work. If you’re interested in becoming a member or would like to renew, please call 843-379-3331 or visit

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Arbor Day @ Penn Center

April 24, 2014

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Flash Sale at AASLH

April 22, 2014

aaslh_logoSelect AASLH Technical Leaflet Bundles available to Download for $10
One Week Only! Sale ends Friday, April 25 at Midnight
— Regular Price: $22.50 —
Enter the Promotion Code BUNDLE During Check Out to Receive the Sale Price

Choose from these titles (Older titles not in print are scanned copies of originals):
Not Just Warm Bodies – BNDL011
Could you use one or two extra hands? How about someone who really knows how to make progress with your latest challenge? “Regular” employees are one option, but the organization may not be able to afford them or willing to make a long term commitment. Volunteers, interns, and consultants are other options that may fill your need. This bundle of leaflets can help you find and build a mutually beneficial relationship with these valuable resources. Titles include:
• Volunteer Docent Programs: A Pragmatic Approach to Museum Interpretation (1973)
• Using Consultants Effectively (1975)
• Establishing a Volunteer Program, A Case Study: The Valentine Museum, Richmond, Virginia (1990)
• Student Projects and Internships in a Museum Setting (1993)
• Effective Internship Programs: Mutual Responsibility, Shared Opportunity (1996)
Programs for Your Public – BNDL018
Need a jumpstart to your public programming? Looking for new sources and ideas for creative and engaging programs? This bundle includes great ideas for beginning or improving your programs. From amateur movies to using theater techniques for interpretation to playing ball, these are crowd-pleasers and attention-getters. Titles include:
• Old Movies: A Source of Local History Programs (1977)
• Craft Festivals: A Planning Guide (1979) No originals.
• Interpreting Food History (1997)
• Theater 101 for Historical Interpretation (2004)
• Proprietors of the Bat and Ball: Interpreting the National Pastime and its Predecessor Games (2005)
Self-Assessment Toolkit – BNDL020
Do you really know your organization? Spend some time evaluating and getting to know your institution. How do you measure the performance of your program? Do families visit you? Do you really want them to? A little self-evaluation can go a long way toward strengthening your institutional planning. These technical leaflet resources can help you get started. Titles include:
• Site Analysis for Tourism Potential (1990)
• Charting the Impact of Museum Exhibitions and Programs: Understanding the Public’s Perspective (1999)
• Performance Checklist for Historical Institutions (2000)
• Performance Checklist for Historical Institutions, Part II (2001)
• Process Benchmarking for Museums (2003)
MayDay Resources – BNDL021
This Technical Leaflet bundle was first created to help historical organizations take part in May Day: Planning for Disaster on May 1, 2008. However, the topic continues to be important. After several national disasters, disaster planning has taken center-stage in our everyday tasks. This bundle can help you prepare to handle the unexpected at your institution. Titles include:
• Disaster Planning for Cultural Institutions (1993)
• Collections Care: What to Do When You Can’t Afford to Do Anything (1997)
• Protecting Cultural Heritage Properties From Fire (1999)
• Closing the Barn Door: Dealing With Security Issues (2002)
• Disaster Planning, Preparedness, and Recovery: A Resource Guide (2006)
Come One! Come ALL! How to Draw More People to Your Site – BNDL028
All of us want more people to visit and become involved in our site. The five technical leaflets in this bundle do just that! Titles include:
• From (A)rts to (Z)ombies: A Young Friends Group How-to (2014)
• What’s the Big Idea? Using Listening Sessions to Build Relationships and Relevance (2013)
• Creating Intergenerational Oral History Opportunities (2012)
• Designing Education Programs That Connect Students to Collections (2011)
• Families First! Rethinking Exhibits to Engage All Ages (2009)