Event and Program Announcements, Santa Elena History Center, Jan. 17 – 26


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.
January 17, 24, 26, 2016 @ 1:30 pm –2:30 pm
Santa Elena History Center
1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902
Cost: $10.00
Instructor: Evelene Stevenson
Genealogy 101
If you are just starting family research, this class is for you!   Some people have very specific reasons for tracing their family tree. Others jump into family history research without giving it much thought. Knowing why people research their ancestors can be a source of inspiration and support for genealogists. … Genealogy can provide a doorway to the past. This workshop introduces the first-time family researcher to the fascinating field of genealogy, its unique nomenclature, and suggested research technique and avenues.  It may also be of value to researchers with limited experience who wish to refresh their skills.  
January 19, 2017 @ 1:30 pm –3:30 pm

Santa Elena History Center
1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902
Cost: $15.00  ($10.00 for Heritage Library Members)
Instructor: Mary Somerville
Stories to Celebrate Winter and a Time of Joy and Wonder
Winter is a time of awaking and the hope of new life brought in the Spring of the year. Come gather around our imaginary fireplace and enjoy Stories of hope, grace, love and wishes for the New Year. Listen to stories of Mother Winter and stories of darkness, the sun, the moon and the stars. Let us celebrate Winter Solstice as the birthday of the Sun and of the year. When the darkness of winter grows with more light every day winter can become a time of joy and warmth as we gather together for stories from the heart.
January 20, 2017 @ 3:00 pm-4:00 pm
Santa Elena History Center
1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902
Cost: $10.00
Instructor: Cora Newcomb
Captain William Hilton Visits Santa Elena
You are invited to meet Captain William Hilton and hear about his life and harrowing adventures on the Carolina coast. Participants will be able to interact with Captain Hilton and ask him questions.
January 21, 2017 @ 10:30 am –11:30 am

Santa Elena History Center
1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902
Cost: $10.00
Instructor: Dwayne Pickett
The Battle of Fort Sullivan and Why We Celebrate Carolina Day

On June 28, 1776 eleven British ships entered Charleston Harbor and began firing on a small, incomplete fort made out of Palmetto trees and sand on Sullivan’s Island. Even though the fort took a pounding it did not fall. Hear about The Battle of Fort Sullivan and what happened in its aftermath. Also discover why we celebrate Carolina Day!
January 25, 2017 @ 4:00 pm-5:00 pm
Santa Elena History Center
1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902
Cost: $10.00
Instructor: Wayne Cousar
Pedro Menendez de Aviles 1519-1574 “The Last Crusader” 
Discover the path that led Pedro Menendez de Aviles, the founder of the 1566 settlement at Santa Elena, to achieve what many others had attempted and failed in the previous 50 years.  Through ongoing struggles with the elements, the unknown, resentful Spanish bureaucrats, wary and hostile natives, and rapacious enemy captains, Menendez persevered to fulfill much of his vision for the colonization of La Florida and died unexpectedly during a return trip to Spain in 1574, shortly after he had been given command of the largest armada ever assembled in Europe, which many believe was intended to lead a Spanish invasion of England.
January 26, 2017 @ 3:30 pm-4:30 pm
Santa Elena History Center
1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902
Cost: $10.00
Instructor: Richard Thomas
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. 

Stop by the Heritage Library to explore your ancestry. The Heritage Library is open at the Santa Elena History Center on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Our flexibly structured Home School Days are designed for families to learn together while exploring the museum. We will have three different ongoing activity stations in addition to the exhibits. Perfect for ages 6-14.
February 24th from 10:00 am -3:00 pm
$6.00; Children 5 and under free

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
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.


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