Santa Elena History Center Programs, 7/19 – 8/05


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, learn about the scientific aspect of archaeology, meet special guests in Beaufort, and much more!  Click here to register online and reserve your seat!

 Colonial Amusements

Colnial Amusements
 What’s for dinner? 16th Century Spanish Cuisine in the Lowcountry

Join us as we discuss what the Santa Elena colonists ate, and how their food consumption affected their successes and, ultimately, their departure. How challenging it must have been to feed 16th Century Spaniards with lowcountry foodstuff!

 July 19, 2016 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm                                                                                

Santa Elena History Center
1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902
Cost: $10.00                                                                                                                             

Instructor: Kelly McCombs

 Basic Navigation and Tools of the 16th Century Explorers


Today we move about with the aid of satellite-based navigation tools and Internet maps. Researchers are even confident that we will have self-driving vehicles in just a few years. This course allows you to learn the art of navigation and to discover the methods sailors used 500 years ago. Learn from master navigators Howard Heckrotte and Doug Nelson to plot a course using a sextant, quadrant, compass, and chronometer. Learn how these 16th Century tools advanced European discovery and exploration of the New World.



July 21, 2016 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm                                                                                

Santa Elena History Center
1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902
Cost: $10.00                                                                                                                             

Instructor: Howard Heckrotte and Doug Nelson                                                                                              

Cactus Throne: Maximilian and Carlota’s Mexico

This program details Napoléon III’s intrepid scheme to install Maximilian von Habsburg as emperor of Mexico, and the effort’s end in disaster for France and for Maximilian and Carlota.   

 Cactus Throne

July 23, 2016 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm                                                                                

Santa Elena History Center
1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902
Cost: $10.00                                                                                                                          

Instructor:  Dr. James Tisdale                                                                        

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. 



 #1  Summer Family History Package

Summer Family History Package @ Santa Elena History Center | Beaufort | South Carolina | United States

Museum Tour, Colonial Medicine Program and Camp Dig-It come together to create a fun-filled day!

This family friendly (ages 6-adult) Summer History Program starts with a free 30 min self-guided tour of the Santa Elena History Center’s exhibit, “Santa Elena: America’s Untold Story”. A brief film will introduce you to the History of Santa Elena and a scavenger hunt will follow in the main exhibit hall.

Next, Peggy Pickett will lead you through a one hour program about colonial medicine. She will tell you what healthcare was like for people in colonial South Carolina. You will learn how people in the past dealt with sickness and disease by examining reproduction artifacts, and analyze the treatment given to George Washington during his final illness.Then you will join archaeologist Dwayne Pickett for a one hour Camp Dig-it program for an introduction to the field of archaeology. Participants in the program will have the opportunity to learn about the past as they excavate and identify artifacts from dig boxes. 

July 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Santa Elena History Center: 1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902

Cost: $20.00

Instructors: Dwayne Pickett and Peggy Pickett

 #2 Extended Camp Dig-It Program

Brand new Camp Dig-It program for ages 7-12, based on the archaeology of Parris Island where the 1566 Spanish settlement of Santa Elena was located.

Participants will get an introduction to the field of archaeology and have the opportunity to learn about the past as they excavate and identify artifacts from dig boxes. Archaeologist Dwayne Pickett will lead you through two simulated excavations; one related to the colonial occupation of Parris Island and the other related to when the Spanish occupied the site. Participants will learn about life on Parris Island during these times periods and also be able to make and keep pottery like the Native American made, which was used by the Spanish at Santa Elena.

We will be taking a 30 min lunch from 12:00-12:30 so please bring a bagged lunch on the day of the program and dress to get dirty.

 August 5, 2016 @ 10:30 am – 2:00 pm

Santa Elena History Center: 1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902

Cost: $35.00

Instructor: Dwayne Pickett  


Inaugural Exhibit 

Inaugural Exhibit “Santa Elena: America’s Untold Story”

now open to the public in the beautiful, historic former courtroom

 Tuesday-Saturday 10am – 4pm  

Sunday 1pm – 4pm 

Admission is $10/adult, $5/child (age 5-12), and free for children under 5, active duty and first responders.


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


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