Archive for April, 2016

MayDay; MayDay

April 28, 2016


Every year, cultural organizations take  time on May 1st to assess their emergency preparedness. This MayDay, the American Association for State and Local History encourages you to take at least a few moments to evaluate your readiness to respond to natural disasters and other emergencies, and to “Do One Thing for Emergency Preparedness.”Making sure that emergency procedures are in place and updated can prevent loss of  collections or  damage to  historical structures and landscapes. There are many groups and resources available to   help organizations protect their collections and facilities against natural disasters. Below are a few to browse ahead of time, and keep on hand in case of emergency. Once you have a Disaster Plan in place, check out the AASLH blog post “I have a Disaster Plan. Now What?” Groups:

MayDay Activities and Ideas:

Emergency Preparedness Resources:

Sample Documents

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AASHL Annual Meeting

April 28, 2016

AASLHSave the Date: AASLH/MMA Annual Meeting

Detroit, Michigan | September 14-17

Theme: The Spirit of Rebirth

This year, AASLH is meeting at the world-renowned Cobo Center in Detroit along with the Michigan Museum Association to connect, learn, discuss, and have some good times with the great people doing history all over the U.S. and Canada. The Preliminary Program will be mailed to all members (and emailed to all our contacts) in April, and registration will open by June 1.   Why Attend the Annual Meeting?

  • Check out this recent blog post by 2016 Host Committee member Tobi Voigt on why Detroit is the “perfect laboratory to explore issues of radical change and rebirth.”
  • Read comments from our 2015 attendees on their Annual Meeting experience.
  • Our speakers this year will be author and historian Thomas J. Sugrue and Mary Wilson of the Supremes. Read more about the speakers.
  • Choose from  65 sessions, 12 tours, 8 workshop, and a host of other exciting events including The Henry Ford Un-Conference.

Can’t Make it to Detroit? Don’t Forget About the Online Conference No money in the budget for travel? Can’t come to Detroit, but still want to attend? Need a way to provide low cost training for employees? Sign up now to hear six of the best sessions from the AASLH/MMA Annual Meeting by participating in the AASLH Online Conference. AASLH will live-broadcast six of the best sessions presented in Detroit so you can participate, ask questions, and make comments from your desk or your kitchen table. With the Online Conference, you can provide training for all your employees and volunteers and hear what experts from the field are talking about, all for one low price. AASLH will air three sessions per day during the conference on Thursday and Friday, September 16-17. Participants will also have access to the session handouts. The recordings will be available to the online participants for reviewing for six months after the broadcast through LearningTimes.


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Grand Opening Santa Elena History Center & Community Celebration!

April 27, 2016


Join us Saturday for the Grand Opening of the Santa Elena History Center and a Community Celebration!

APRIL 30 : Grand Opening of the Santa Elena History Center and Inaugural Exhibit at 1501 Bay Street in downtown Beaufort

10:30 Parris Island Marine Band Brass Quintet

11:00 Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony with special guests

12:00-3:00 Celebratory Festival with BBQ by Q on Bay, Men of Menendez Re-enactments, Spanish Guitarist, Marsh Tacky Horses, and Face Painting

The inaugural exhibit, “Santa Elena: America’s Untold Story,” will open to the public for the first time!

Cost for exhibit admission is $10/adult, $5/child (age 5-12), free for children under 5 and active duty and first responders.The cost for the BBQ is $12/adult and $8/child and includes drinks. All other elements of the celebration are free to enjoy!

See these events and much more on our website:

Enjoy this expanded newsletter commemorating the Grand Opening of the Santa Elena History Center and 450th anniversary of Santa Elena.

See how other historic and cultural organizations throughout the county are celebrating the Santa Elena 450th with the first Beaufort County Spring Tour from April 24 – May 1.


The Heritage Library is celebrating the Grand Opening of their Beaufort Branch in the Santa Elena History Center  

The Library is open to the public for Ancestry Research on Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am-3pm at the Santa Elena History Center. Trained volunteers are available to assist with your research.

For more information about the Heritage Library, visit their website:





Wall of Honor to recognize Founder’s Campaign contributors    

A Wall of Honor in the lobby of the Santa Elena History Center will be unveiled at the Grand Opening. To make sure you are included in this special dedication — and to provide critical support to the Santa Elena Foundation — please make a donation online, by mail, or call Megan Meyer at 843-379-1550.

Call for Volunteers!

As the Santa Elena History Center grows, so too does the need for volunteers for the Front Desk, Museum Store, and Main Exhibit. If you are interested in joining our wonderful family of volunteers,

fill out this online form on our website.

Join us for a variety of special programs and presentations

In the Lecture Room of the Santa Elena History Center meet characters from our past, dive into the layers of the Santa Elena storytake in the scientific aspect of archaeology and much more! To see a full calendar of events and programs happening each week, click here. And check with us often as programs continue to be added.

SANTA ELENA HISTORY CENTER        1501 BAY STREET, BEAUFORT, SC 29902         843-379-1550         WWW.SANTA-ELENA.ORG

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BDC: Author Book Talk, Sat., May 7th

April 26, 2016


South Carolina Aquarium to host May climate change forum at Penn Center

April 25, 2016

From Victoria at Penn Center:

For Immediate Release

Albert A. George II
Director of Conservation
South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston, SC 29401

Direct:  (843) 579-8563

South Carolina Aquarium to host May climate change forum at Penn Center

The South Carolina Aquarium is partnering with the Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina Educational Television, Allen University and the U.S. Department of Energy to host a community meeting about climate change.

The event is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on May 14 at the Penn Center, 16 Penn Center Circle West, St. Helena Island.

Participants will be introduced to climate change through the film “Climate Change: A Global Reality,” according to a release from the aquarium.

Following the program, a group of local experts will be on hand to discuss the impacts in Beaufort County and how the community and individuals can best prepare for rising sea levels.

To RSVP to the event, visit

The deadline to RSVP is May 9.


Albert A. George II
Director of Conservation
South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston, SC 29401

Direct:  (843) 579-8563


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