Archive for July, 2016

Beaufort County Proclaims Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week!

July 31, 2016


Beaufort County, SC was the first county in history to proclaim “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” countywide four years ago.  St. Helena Island native, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( was presented with the proclamation for the 2016 countywide celebration during the county council meeting:


New Grant Resource Guide

July 28, 2016

SAAlogoCheck out the Society of American Archivists’s Grant Resource Guide, an online tool where organizations can find state and federal grant information: The guide currently includes 30 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin.


Quarterly e-Newsletter for Friends of Santa Elena – July 2016

July 27, 2016


Enjoy lots of great information and announcements in this newsletter, including:

                               Upcoming results from Archaeology Field School,

                               Unveiling of new exhibit “A Spanish Galleon’s Voyage,”  

                               Launching “Re-Elect Pedro Menendez”                              

                               …and much more!

Join us July 29 for “DINING AND DISCOVERIES”   

A special evening to conclude the 2016 Archaeological Field School sponsored by the Santa Elena Foundation

Hear results from archaeologists Dr. Chester DePratter and Dr. Victor Thompson at the Santa Elena History Center

July 29 at 6pm

Spanish hors d’oeuvres and wine

Tickets: $50

Click Here to Purchase your ticket by July 25

Dining and Discoveries

Re-Elect Pedro Menendez!   

Looking for a candidate to support this election season?  Check out the Re-Elect Pedro Menendez Campaign website by clicking here.

Get your campaign merchandise to show your support… T-Shirts, Yard Signs, Buttons, and Bumper Stickers are all available as a way to spread the word about this interesting candidate, you know, the one who founded Santa Elena 450 years ago!  Click here to buy your Re-Elect Pedro Merchandise


All New! Annual Pass

Purchase your Annual Pass for the Santa Elena History Center and receive the following benefits:

  • Free admission for two people listed on the card
  • 10% Discount for other adults in your party
  • 10% Discount on all Santa Elena History Center Programs
  • Re-Elect Pedro Menendez Bumper Sticker





Come see what’s special at el Almacen, the Museum Store!

450th Commemorative Lapel Pin

Now only $10 with a limited time discount of 50% 

Many unique items and books related to the Santa Elena story and by local artisans. Preview some items online, but stop by to see all the wonderful treasures that await!



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 story, take 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.

We are also excited to announce that archaeologist and co-author of The Europen Struggle to Settle North America, Dwayne Pickett, has joined our staff as Program Coordinator!

The Heritage Library has a Beaufort Branch in the Santa Elena History Center    

The Library is open to the public for Ancestry Research on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, 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:

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


Scouts Bring Ease to Historic Hilton Head Island Site

July 26, 2016


The oldest building on Hilton Head Island has a brand-new addition, thanks to an Eagle Scout project. And the beneficiaries are anyone interested in the island’s history.

Scout Jacob Palchak and his Troop 245 built and installed eight benches and a lectern next to the Baynard Mausoleum, off the William Hilton Parkway at Mathews Drive. This addition allows the Heritage Library, which owns the site, to offer comfortable presentations about the island’s historic patriots, planters and other pioneers.

The benches, built at Jacob Palchak’s house, are set into concrete foundations.  The lectern is portable. The materials were donated or offered at a reduced rate by Espy Lumber on Hilton Head Island.

The Bargain Box of Hilton Head Island donated the funding for the construction of the speaker’s platform, constructed by local contractor Kyle Mulligan.  In addition, the Van Landingham Rotary donated the funds needed to add electricity to the site for a speaker system and lighting for programs.

The Baynard Mausoleum was built in 1846 (more than 60 years before the Boy Scouts came into existence) as part of the Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery. The chapel is gone but historic graves remain.

The Heritage Library presents tours of the site every Friday at 10 a.m. To sign up, go to or call 843-686-6560. You can use these same contact points to contribute to the non-profit library’s campaign to restore and maintain the mausoleum and cemetery.

Jacob, 16, has been accepted to the Governor’s School for Math and Science in Hartsville, South Carolina where he will complete his last two years of high school.  He lives in Hilton Head Plantation with his parents, Dori and Alan Palchak.

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[construction photo] In the heat of July, Boy Scouts and some of their family members install benches they built to provide visitor seating at the Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery on Hilton Head Island. The Heritage Library, which owns the cemetery, provides tours every Friday morning.

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[seated group photo] Scouts community project workers included (front row, from left) Parker Liggett, Nathan Deas, Tyler Lucas, Jacob Palchak and Nick Deas, (back row), Max Page, Mike Lucas, Jacob’s grandfather Henry Santjer, and chief engineer Barnaby Page. Scoutmaster Dwayne Reindl was away when the photo was taken July 16.

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[completion photo] Eagle Scout Jacob Palchak stands at the new lectern and checks out the benches built and installed by his troop for visitors to the Baynard Mausoleum (behind him) at the Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery on Hilton Head Island.

Jobs List – AASLH

July 25, 2016
  New jobs & internships posted on the Career Center.


New museum/history jobs have been recently add to the AASLH Job Board. Visit the Career Center to see an up to date list of all history and museum jobs and internships.