Archive for September, 2016

Free Resources from the AASLH Annual Meeting

September 28, 2016


Dear Members and Colleagues,

True to our theme, this year’s Annual Meeting sessions showed that AASLH members have committed to constantly evolve and embrace new opportunities. Though there is still a lot of work to be done, this was a week of challenging the assumptions that have served us to this point. I know those of you who didn’t attend are also working hard to improve the field, so I wanted to make sure you got access to some of the great resources from this year’s Annual Meeting.

Give and take throughout the conference sessions was fantastic this year. We’ve organized all the best Twitter takeaways/notes by session on the Official 2016 Annual Meeting Storify so you can get in touch with those speakers if you want to know more. We recorded 13 sessions this year as well as the 2016 Meeting of the Membership, our keynote addresses by Tom Sugrue and Mary Wilson. You can access them for free here or on our SoundCloud account or iTunes account. Please share them far and wide!

You can see and download all our professional photos taken at the event on this Google Drive folder. You can download or upload any session slides in this folder.

Many of the comments I personally received about the Detroit meeting were that people felt reinvigorated—and that’s saying a lot after several days of moving between sessions, venues, and dozens of conversations.

I hope I will see you in Austin, Texas, for next year’s conference or online for our annual Online Conference! Our theme for both will be “I AM History.” The call for proposals will be posted soon on the Austin 2017 webpage.

Best regards,

John Dichtl President & CEO American Association for State and Local History


Down Caribbean Way in the Gullah/Geechee Nation-Fort Fremont Fundraiser

September 25, 2016


Fort Fremont was one of six fortifications designed to protect the southeastern coast during the Spanish American War.  When the war with Spain loomed in 1898, construction of coastal batteries was authorized by Congress under the $50 million Harbor Fortification Defense Act. The historic significance of Fort Fremont is that it is representative of the new coastal defenses built during this period with its upgraded design, and new weapons systems.The fort site eventually consisted of 170 acres with numerous outbuildings, including an administration building, guard house, barracks, hospital, stable, mess hall, bakery, commissary, post exchange, lavatory, and water tower. It was manned by a force of up to 110 personnel.  Gullah/Geechee men worked as to build this fortification by hand and it still stands on historic St. Helena Island, SC in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.


In order to bring more awareness to this historic structure, the Friends of Fort Fremont have held a number of lectures and events.  On Friday, September 30, 2016, they will host an evening of entertainment to raise funds for the interpretive center for the site at the Celadon Club on Lady’s Island from 6-8:30 pm.  They are inviting everyone out to enjoy the music mixed by DJ Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™) as they ask everyone to join them “Down Caribbean Way.”  


Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( is one of the Friends of Fort Fremont that will be on site to host the guests and get the dancing going!

For tickets go to or email or


Cum fa wind down wid we and hep raise funds fa disya fort pun de sea!

AASLH Job List

September 24, 2016


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

Collections Cataloger, Shaker Museum | Mount Lebanon (Old Chatham, NY)

Internship Opportunities

Ribaut’s Road

September 24, 2016


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Workshop Featured at Santa Elena

September 23, 2016

Santa-Elena-History-CenterJoin us for two very special programs on Friday, September 30th and Saturday, October 1st. 

Dr. J. Michael Francis, History Professor and Hough Family Chair of Florida Studies at the University of South Florida St Petersburg, will be presenting two special programs at the Santa Elena History Center. Dr Francis is a distinguished scholar with more than two dozen state, national and international honors, including a four-year appointment as a research fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and a research fellow at the Library of Congress. One of Dr. Francis’ specialties is Spanish paleography, the study of ancient, hand-written texts. He teaches a class on the subject and conducts field trips to Spain where students can get hands-on experience.

Click here to register online and reserve your seat!

Santa Elena-Recent Discoveries and New Inquiries

This one-day workshop brings together scholars, students, and members of the public to discuss recent archival and archaeological discoveries regarding the colonial settlement of Santa Elena. Participants will meet on October 1 at 9:30 AM at the Santa Elena History Center in Beaufort. Following brief presentations from Dr. J. Michael Francis and Dr. Chester DePratter, participants will be transported via van to Parris Island, where Dr. DePratter will lead a site-visit of one of the most important archaeological sites in the country, Santa Elena. Following the site visit, participants will be taken to the Marine Corps Museum, which houses original artifacts from the Santa Elena settlement.

The program ends at the Santa Elena History Center, where participants will gather for wine and tapas, fine conversation, and a tour of the newly-opened history exhibits, curated by Dr. DePratter and Dr. Francis.

The $125.00 Registration fee includes the following:

  • Parking at the Santa Elena History Center
  • Admission to the two morning talks, delivered by Dr. J. Michael Francis and Dr. Chester DePratter
  • Transportation to Parris Island via two 14-passenger vans
  • Box Lunch
  • Site Tour led by Dr. Chester DePratter and Admission into the Marine Corps Museum.
  • Return transportation to the Santa Elena History Center
  • Social gathering at the Santa Elena History Center, with Spanish wines, beer, and tapas beginning at 6:00 pm
  • Full access to the exhibits at the Santa Elena History Center.

October 1, 2016 @ 9:30 am – 8:00 pm

Santa Elena History Center 1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902 Cost: $125.00

Instructor: Dr. J. Michael Francis and Dr. Chester DePratter

Dr. J. Michael Francis received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge. He has received more than two dozen state, national and international honors, including a four-year appointment as a research fellow at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and a research fellow at the Library of Congress. U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar appointed Dr. Francis as one of only two historians on the St. Augustine 450th Commemoration Commission.

Dr. Chester DePratter earned his doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in anthropology from the University of Georgia. His interest in Spanish colonial ventures in “La Florida,” has led to extensive excavations at Santa Elena (1566-1587) resulting in the discovery of the location of the French Charlesfort established on Parris Island in 1562. His work includes the identification of the routes of several sixteenth-century Spanish expeditions to interior “La Florida” including those of Hernando DeSoto, Tristan de Luna, and Juan Pardo; this work has helped redraw the map of the interior southeast and the locations of its Native American peoples in the sixteenth century.

Santa Elena: New Views of an Old Story

Over the past several decades scholars have conducted intensive archival and archeological research to reconstruct the rich history of colonial Santa Elena. As the archaeological research intensifies, what remains to be found in the archival records? Is there more to Santa Elena’s story than what we know? If so, what? In his talk, Dr. Francis will highlight some of his recent research initiatives, including efforts to build profiles of the men and women who inhabited Santa Elena.

September 30, 2016 @ 3:00 am – 4:00 pm

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

Instructor: Dr. J. Michael Francis

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.


There are a variety of exciting group programs available to enhance your visit to Beaufort and the History Center. These programs are designed to bring history to life in a way that is entertaining and engaging for all ages. For more information about group programs click here.

School programs at the Santa Elena History Center are a great way to extend learning outside the classroom and ensure that students learn the history of the area in which they live. Many programs are also a great introduction into the field of archaeology. For more information about school programs click here.


The Santa Elena History Center is available for reservation after hours (4:00-8:00 pm). Attendees will have full access to the exhibits. Tables, chairs, and trash cans available.

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