BCHS – Celebrating 75th Anniversary with Battle of Port Royal Harbor and ROCK Stars



Beaufort County Historical Society: 75th Anniversary Celebration, Saturday-Nov. 8th 10:30–2:00, USCB Center for the Arts 
The Beaufort County Historical Society is celebrating our 75th Anniversary with a multi speaker event Commemorating the Battle of Port Royal Harbor. The lectures will be held Nov. 8th from 10:30 am-1:30 pm at USCB Center for the Arts on Carteret St., Beaufort, SC.  A box lunch by Debbi Covington will be provided for ticket holders who purchase tickets from the Center for the Arts Box Office or by calling 843-521-4145 prior to Thursday, Nov. 6th at 3 pm.
The Center for the Arts will open at 10 am, with Dr. Larry Rowland, Professor Emeritus University of South Carolina Beaufort discussing the Maritime History of Beaufort 1514-1860.
Dr. Rowland received his B.A. from Hamilton College (New York), his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. His books include The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina Vol. 1, 1514-1861, with Alexander Moore and George C. Rogers, Jr. 1996, Window on the Atlanta: The Rise and Fall of Santa Elena, SC Spanish City, 1990 and numerous articles and book reviews.  His honors include: University of South Carolina, 2014, Honorary Doctor of Letters, Governor’s Award for the Humanities.
Michael D. Coker- Assistant to the Director Old Charleston Exchange will speak on the day of the Battle of Port Royal Harbor Nov. 7th, 1861– Michael D. Coker served as the curator of the visual materials collections at the SC Historical Society from 2000-2009.  During that time he authored numerous articles for the Charleston Magazine, In 2006 he co-authored Historic South Carolina- A Pictorial History by SC Historical Society.  In 2009 the History Press released The Battle of Port Royal.   Coker has served as Assistant to the Director at the Old Exchange Building since 2009 and has assisted in the operations of the Old Slave Mart Museum since 2012.  A native Charlestonian, Coker and his family reside in Mount Pleasant, SC.
After a lunch break, Dr. Stephen Wise will present The US Navy at Port Royal 1861-1865.
Dr. Wise is the Director of the Museum and Cultural Resource Manager for the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of South Carolina studying under Civil War historian, Thomas L. Connelly. Dr. Wise is the author of Lifeline of theConfederacy: Blockade Running During the Civil War and Gate of Hell: The Campaign for Charleston Harbor 1863. Gate of Hell received an award from the South Carolina Historical Society for the best book written in 1964 on South Carolina History. Dr. Wise received the Governor’s Award for the Humanities in 2013.
James Spirek, South Carolina’s state underwater archaeologist–topic: Underwater Resources of Port Royal Harbor. Spirek is the State Underwater Archaeologist housed at the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of South Carolina-Columbia. Spirek’s job is to preserve and to study the maritime archaeological legacy residing in the rivers and coastal waters of South Carolina. Spirek has been involved with several Civil War research projects devoted to documenting Confederate and Union naval activities in the rivers and coastal waters of South Carolina.  These projects have included investigations at the H.L. Hunley and USSHousatonic Naval Engagement Site, and documenting other archaeological features associated with the naval operations at Charleston Harbor Naval Battlefield.   He has also conducted extensive archaeological investigations in Port Royal Sound searching for shipwrecks from the 16th century to more recent times.  Spirek received his B.A. in History from George Mason University in 1987 and his M.A. in Maritime History and Nautical Archaeology from East Carolina University in 1993.  In today’s talk, he will discuss his efforts to search for evidence of Civil War naval activities in Port Royal Sound.
Tickets–$25 for Beaufort County Historical Society Members
               $45 general admission
Tickets–available at USCB Box Office,  Carteret St., Beaufort, SC. 843-521-4145 Tickets must be purchased by Thursday, Nov. 6th at 4 pm as an RSVP for lunch.


The Beaufort County Historical Society, established in 1939  is entering its Diamond Anniversary, we continue our mission as an all volunteer Society dedicated to the study and preservation of Beaufort County history. The Beaufort County Historical Society is the oldest association in Beaufort County dedicated to the study and preservation of history. 

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