Long Awaited Canoe Display Opens June 18th


6/5/14   To: ASSC Beaufort member and Media e lists  From: Mary Lou Brewton 912-604-3634

Press Release for Immediate Release


Re:  Long Awaited Canoe Display Opens  at Parris Island Museum:  Lecture and Luncheon June 18th-11:30  at Traditions on Parris Island

Over 400 years ago, a group of Native Americans abandoned a hand made canoe, or perhaps the Spaniards scuttled it as they left the area. Regardless of how it came to be in the pluffmud off Parris Island, it was found by a local fisherman, extricated and put in storage for over a decade.

Recently the project of restoring it was undertaken by Lynn Harris, PhD, assistant professor at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. After much hard work, the canoe will be on display at the Parris Island Museum.

To celebrate the unveiling of the canoe exhibition, the Parris Island Museum and Historic Society and the Archaeology Society of South Carolina Beaufort Chapter are partnering to present a dutch treat luncheon and lecture in the Regimental Room at Traditions on Parris Island on Weds. June 18th at 11:30 for luncheon and 12:15 lecture.

According to Dennis Brennan of the PIM &HS, “We are very pleased to have this great new exhibition at the Parris Island Museum. We will be partnering with the Archaeology Society of SC/Beaufort Chapter to host a reception after the luncheon and lecture at Traditions. The lecture and reception are free and open to the public but we would like everyone to RSVP so that we’ll know how many chairs to have set up. Lunch will be dutch treat at the Traditions lunch buffet.”

“The lunch will begin at 11:30 and the lecture with Dr. Steve Wise introducing Lynn Harris and several of the students that participated in the creation of the display, will start promptly at 12:15 and last about 30 minutes. We will adjourn to the Parris Island Museum where we’ll have a ribbon cutting and a reception with light refreshments at 1 pm.”

We would like to remind everyone to allow  extra time at the PIRD main gate and be able to provide proper paperwork for your automobile (driver’s license, current vehicle registration and insurance.) RSVP for seating by Monday, June 16th to: pimuseumsociety@gmail.com


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