Archive for December, 2016

Gittin Ready fa de Gullah/Geechee Family Reunion Workshop

December 30, 2016

De Gullah/Geechee Angel Network
De Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition present

“Gittin Ready fa de Gullah/Geechee Family Reunion:
An Interactive Family Collections Digitization and Protection Workshop”

Saturday, March 25, 2017
10 am to 5 pm

St. Helena Branch Library
Historic St. Helena Island, SC

in the Gullah/Geechee Nation

This FREE workshop sponsored by the SC Humanities Council requires pre-registration and a commitment to the entire day.

Sessions will include:

• Registration and Opening Discussion of the Value of Cultural Heritage Resources by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (


• Valuing and Creating Family Archives by St. Helena Branch Library Head Librarian Maria Benac

• Interactive Session on Scrapbooking versus Archiving led by Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition Archive Trainees

• Lunch with a Gullah/Geechee Documentary Showing

• Discussion on the challenges and opportunities faced by the living culture with Dr. Amir Jamal Toure of Savannah State University and Dr. Najmah Thomas of the University of South Carolina

• Let’s Get Ready for the Family Reunion” Interactive Digitization Session led by the Queen Quet

• Graduation

For more information contact the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition at

SPACE IS LIMITED. Register here:

Cum jayn we and git de famlee readee!


Event and Program Announcements, Santa Elena, Dec. 28 – Jan. 14

December 30, 2016

Santa-Elena-History-CenterJoin 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!


Camp Dig-It!

Camp Dig-It is geared toward children ages 6-14 and offers an introduction to the field of archaeology by a professional archaeologist. Participants in this program will have the opportunity to learn about the past as they excavate simulated sites in dig boxes and use the same methods archaeologists do to uncover and record their finds. Dress to get dirty.

December 28, 2016 @ 11:00 am –12:00 pm

January 14, 2017 @10:30 am-11:30 am

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

Instructor: Dwayne Pickett

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.

 December 28, 2016 @ 3:00 pm –4:00 pm

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

Instructor: Evelene Stevenson

Medicine in Colonial South Carolina

What was health care like for people in colonial South Carolina? During this program participants will learn how people in the past dealt with sickness and disease through a PowerPoint presentation and by examining reproduction artifacts. They will then analyze the treatment given to George Washington during his final illness.

January 7, 2017 @ 4:00 pm –5:00 pm

Santa Elena History Center

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

Instructor: Peggy Pickett

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 and Museum Store are open:


OPEN   Tues, Dec. 20 – Fri, Dec. 23 10:00 am – 4:00 pm Tues, Dec. 27 – Fri, Dec. 30 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

CLOSED Christmas Eve and Christmas Day New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day


  • Tuesdays through Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Closed Sundays and Mondays




Stop by the Heritage Library to explore your ancestry. The Heritage Library is open at the Santa Elena History Center on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.



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  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

AASLH Top 10 Posts of 2016

December 29, 2016


As 2016 comes to a close, we’re looking back at all the great articles posted on the AASLH blogs this year. Here are our top ten most-read posts of 2016:

1. A Few Simple Tips for Public Historians Working with Confrontational Visitors by Nick Sacco (10, 214 views)

2. Baby Boom: Motherhood & Museums by Melissa Prycer (5,851 views)

3. What They Don’t Teach You in Grad School: A Historic House Director Fills in the Blanks by Michelle Zupan (4,895 views)

4. What I Look for in a Cover Letter and Other Thoughts About Job Applications by Janice Klein (3,518 views)

5. Five Opportunities to Take a House Tour from “Meh” to Great by Bethany Hawkins (2,584)

6. New Report Reveals Each Generation Less Likely to Visit Historic Sites Than the Last by John Dichtl

7. House or Home? Rethinking the House Museum Paradigm by Ron M. Potvin

8. When History Doesn’t Matter by Anna Altschwager

9. 5 Ways to Get a Woman Out of the Kitchen by Dollie Boyd

10. Ten Fundraising To-do’s for Small Museums & Nonprofits by Jamie Simek

Want to read more great posts? Check out our top blogs of 2015. Want to write an article for AASLH? Learn more and submit your posts here.

Beaufort County Library Holiday Schedule

December 12, 2016



Alliance for Response FREE Webinar Series

December 11, 2016

From our kind neighbors in Savannah: SHER

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Alliance for Response FREE Webinar Series

from Jessica Unger, Emergency Programs Coordinator, Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation

Mark your calendars for a series of webinars specially developed for members of the Alliance for Response community! Learn from your peers about best practices for organizing your network; discover how to integrate volunteer efforts; get tips on how to navigate the Public Assistance process; develop tabletop exercises for training; learn about how to communicate effectively during an emergency; and discover some best practices for fundraising!

All programs may be accessed here <> .  No pre-registration required!

“Setting Up Governance Structures and Creating Mutual Aid Agreements”

Thursday, December 15, 2016 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern) Laura Seifert, Savannah Heritage Emergency Response Gary Menges, Seattle Heritage Emergency Response Network Steve Detwiler, Alliance for Response Miami

“Working with Volunteers”

Tuesday, January 10, 2017 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern) Chandra Fox, Region 10 President, International Association of Emergency Managers

“Navigating Public Assistance After a Disaster”

Thursday, January 12, 2017 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern) Chris Holmes, Chief of Recovery, NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services Rick Lord, Chief of Mitigation Programs & Agency Preservation Officer, NYS Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Services

“Exercise Without Leaving Your Seat: Practicing the Incident Command System at the Institutional Level”

Thursday, January 19, 2017 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern) David Carmicheal, State Archivist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Joe Boney, Chief, Biloxi Fire Department

“Crisis Communications”

Tuesday, January 24, 2017 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern) Mike Smith, Chair and Associate Professor of Communication, LaSalle University Steve Pine, Senior Conservator for Decorative Arts, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston

“Best Practices for Seeking Funding”

Thursday, January 26, 2017 1:00 – 2:30 pm (Eastern) Ellen Gorham, Manager, Disaster Fundraising, American Red Cross Nat’l Headquarters

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Email Laura Seifert <> , SHER Co-Chair

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