Archive for October, 2014

Join the St. Helena Island Gullah/Geechee Family at the Heritage Days Celebration 2014!

October 31, 2014

Gullah/Geechee Nation

32nd Annual Heritage Days Celebration

Thursday, November 6, 2014

9 am to 10 pm Tours of the York W. Bailey Museum

York W. Bailey Museum

3-5 pm Opening Ceremony & Founders’ Memorial

5-8:30 pm “Taste of the Sea Islands” at Campbell Cafeteria

6-7 pm “Road to Remembrance” at Frissell Community House

7-8 pm Traditional Praise Service at Bethesda Christian Center

8-10 pm Wine & Cheese Exhibition Opening at York W. Bailey Museum featuring

Artist of the Year

Sonja Griffin Evans

Sonja Griffin


Friday, November 7th and Saturday, November 8th

Artists & Authors Row at the Gullah Roots Village


Jewelry Maker Rose Willis

Artists Saundra Renee Smith

Artists Marquita Willis

Painter Claudette Walker

Painter Geraldine Smith

Painter Gwen Williams

Author Stanley White

Folk Artist Bruce ingram

Gullah Wood Burner Minister Johnnie Simmons

Quilter Bridgett Murray

Sweetgrass Basket Maker Michael Smalls

Artist Christopher Smalls

Quilter Lynn Smalls

Quilter Georgia Givens

Gullah/Geechee Traditional Quilter Carolee Holmes Brown


Friday, November 7, 2014

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Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition & Penn Center Heritage Days Presents a “Landowners, Farmers & Heirs Property Workshop”

October 30, 2014

Gullah/Geechee Nation

Heritage Days Celebration 2014

Landowners, Farmers & Heirs Property Workshop

Friday, November 7, 2014

9 am to 1 pm

Frissell Community House at Penn Center, Inc.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive

St. Helena Island, SC 29920

 Sea Island Shoreline

9-9:30 am                      Registration

9:30-9:35 am                 Welcome Address by Walter Mack of Penn Center Land Use Program

9:35-9:45 am                 “Legacy of Land on the Sea Islands” and Introduction of Speakers by Queen Quet, Founder, Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition (

9:45-10:00 am               State Conservationist Jack Lewis of South Carolina Natural Resources & Conservation Services (NRCS)

10:00-10:15 am            County Executive Director William Koger of Farm Services Agencies (FSA)

10:15-10:30 am            District Conservationist Diane M. Leone of USDA-NRCS for Beaufort & Jasper Counties

10:30-11 am                  Q & A moderated by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (

11-11:15 am                  Break

11:15-11:45 am            “Heirs Property Overview” by Attorney…

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32nd Annual Heritage Days, Nov. 6 – 9

October 30, 2014

Penn Center is gearing up for the 32nd Annual Heritage Days festival:


See the festival agenda here: HERITAGE BROCHURE 2014 2

Free Webinar: National Historic Landmarks Program

October 29, 2014

FREE WEBINAR! On Wednesday, Nov. 5, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm EST, the National Historic Landmarks Program will host a free webinar titled, “National Register or National Historic Landmarks?” This webinar assists preparers of NR and NHL nominations in learning the differences between the programs and determining which listing is most appropriate for their property.

Anyone is welcome to attend! Registration is required. For instructions on how to register, or for more information on upcoming and/or recorded webinars, visit our website:

Create a “Pieces of Your Past” Booklet

October 27, 2014


Create a “Pieces of Your Past” Booklet using Microsoft Word Presented by Carol Clemens

Wednesday, November 5, 2014; 1:30 – 3:30PM at the Heritage Library, 852 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.

Learn to use Word to create a “Pieces of Your Past” booklet as a way of sharing direct lineage without overwhelming others. This is a “hands on” class and you are encouraged to bring your laptop.
Fee: $10/member; $15/non-member
Class size is limited; Call the library at 843-686-6560 to register.
Visit our website, for more information.

Linda Piekut
Executive Director
Heritage Library Foundation