Archive for November, 2016

Queen Quet of the Gullah/Geechee Nation Interviewed by Climate Home

November 29, 2016

Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( was one of the world leaders that participated in the United Nations’ COP22 event in Marrakech, Morocco.  Prior to her departure, Climate Home covered the journey via this article:


They decided to also catch up with her in order to conduct a Facebook live interview once she made it the location.  Tune in to the Gullah/Geechee TV (GGTV) coverage:


Santa Elena History Center Plans New Diorama

November 28, 2016


Bringing Fort San Marcos to life. The Santa Elena History Center will expand its main exhibit with a new diorama!

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Free Webinar

November 23, 2016

Lyrasis is offering a free webinar:

A Baker’s Dozen Cyber Secure Tips 11/30 *free session*  


Penn Center’s New Director of Education and Personnel

November 22, 2016

From Victoria:

The Penn Center announces its new Director of Education and Personnel

 St. Helena Island, S.C. — Dr. Tonya Allen Jenkins has joined the Historic Penn Center as their new Director of Education and Personnel. Prior to joining the Penn Center family, she was the Director of Education at the Children’s Center, Inc. the second oldest non-profit organization on Hilton Head, Island.

Read more: penn-center-hires-new-education-director

Event and Program Announcements – Santa Elena History Center

November 18, 2016

November 18-December 3                  


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!


Echoes from Beaufort’s Past

This one hour production takes you back in time with 19th century music, dances, period dress, and diary accounts bringing to life the history of the Low Country. Hear the Gullah songs and the plantation stories that shaped a people who lived on these islands during antebellum and civil war times. (35 min. show and 25 minutes antebellum dance instruction). After the presentation, you can take an optional, one hour city van tour. During this narrated tour you will see historic houses and hear stories about the people who shaped Beaufort’s history. This tour is normally $20 but will be offered at the discounted price of $15.00.

November 18, 26 and 30, 2016 @ 3:00 pm –4:00 pm

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

Instructor: Evelene Stevenson

Special Thanksgiving Storytelling Event

Join us for a special Thanksgiving themed storytelling program presented by storytellers, Cora Newcomb and Evelene Stevenson. Enjoy holiday classics and songs. Stories will revolve around family traditions, lowcountry history, and heritage. These stories will make you laugh and celebrate the joy of sharing with families and friends. Find a new Thanksgiving favorite at this all-ages event and come prepared to share your own stories.

November 19, 2016 @ 3:00 pm –4:00 pm

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

Instructors: Cora Newcomb and Evelene Stevenson

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday® is a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities. Shop for vintage gifts and unique treasures at our gift shop el Almacen. The store stocks a variety of locally made products as well as Christmas ornaments, T-shirts, children’s items, jewelry, tea, soap, sweat grass baskets, prints, fans, books, and much more. Free lapel pin with the purchase of $10 or more.

November 26, 2016 @ 10:00 am –4:00 pm

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

You are on Indian Land   

On December 18. 1968 more than 200 residents of the Akwesasne Mohawk Community blockaded the International Bridge across the St. Lawrence River.  For many years, the Akwesasne Mohawks, especially those on the Canadian side of the Reservation, have enjoyed duty-free passage across the International Boundary.  A right they claimed was guaranteed by Article III of Jay’s Treaty of 1794.  Prompted by the attempt by the Canadian Customs officials to collect duty on purchases made in the US, the residents of Akwesasne called for the protest. The Challenge for Change program of the National Film Board of Canada recorded the event on film. The presenter was present during the protest and appears in the film. The 37 minute DVD will be shown with commentary by Dr. Frisch.

December 1, 2016 @ 4:00 pm –5:00 pm

Santa Elena History Center

1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902               Cost: $10.00

Instructor: Dr. Jack Frisch


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.



The Santa Elena History Center will be open Thanksgiving weekend, November 25-27. Bring your family and guests and enjoy our exhibits as well as our gift shop



Enjoy the Santa Elena History Center for half price ($5.00) on Sundays until December 18th.  Come see our inaugural exhibit “Santa Elena: America’s Untold Story” which tells the story of the 16th Century Spanish town of Santa Elena that was located on Parris Island. Also, learn about navigation in the 16th century, dig for artifacts at our archaeology sand table, and discover the history of the museum building itself which was a Federal Courthouse.



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