Grand Opening Santa Elena History Center & Community Celebration!



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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