Santa Elena History Center Programs

Event and Program Announcements
from the Santa Elena History Center
February 17-28              

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!

The Search for Fort San Marcos

Fort San Marcos was constructed at Santa Elena in 1577 after the former Spanish capital had been abandoned for a year.  Brought in prefabricated form from St. Augustine, it was set up and made defensible in only six days.  It was replaced by a second Fort San Marcos after five years of use.  Dr. DePratter began his search for this fort in 1993, and he and his colleague, Dr. Victor Thompson, announced its’ discovery in summer, 2016.   This program will present the history of Fort San Marcos, detail the 23 year-long-search for it, and discuss the documentary and archaeological sources used in its recreation by model builder, Ruben Alex Coplo.
February 21, 2017 @ 3:00 pm –4:00 pm
Santa Elena History Center
1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902
Cost: $15.00
Instructor: Dr. Chester DePratter

The American Revolution and the European Wars of 1688-1815

In 1688 Europe was drawn into a series of wars that would not end until the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815.  The wars were about maintaining the balance of power in Europe and alliances shifted with every war—the only constant being that the English and French were always on the opposite side. The wars were global in scope as they were fought on the continent of Europe as well as other areas in the world where Europeans had interests: North America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia.  This program will examine the War for American Independence in its worldly context as one of the wars in this series of conflicts—the only war the British clearly lost.
February 18, 2017 @ 2:30 pm –3:30 pm
Santa Elena History Center
1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902
Cost: $10.00
Instructor: Peggy 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)
February 17, 21, 24, 28 2017 @ 1:30 pm –2:30 pm

Santa Elena History Center
1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902
Cost: $10.00
Instructor: Evelene Stevenson
Free Research Sites: Part I:
Have you used the FamilySearch website and not been able to find what you were looking for? Or, are you new to genealogy and wish to learn how to use this excellent free resource to locate information on your ancestors? If so, this class is for you. Shelley Block has used the FamilySearch website since it was first launched in 1999 and she will show you how to use it effectively to locate records.
February 23, 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: Shelley Block
Home School Days

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, which can all be done at your own pace. Perfect for ages 6-14. Allow about an hour and a half to see and do everything.
February 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am –3:00 pm

Santa Elena History Center
1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902
Cost: $6.00 Children 5 and under free
Review of the Book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind 
The remarkable book SAPIENS by historian Yuval Harari explores the history of humankind.  The author leads the reader through a wonderfully written and engaging journey beginning with our initial appearance 150,000 years ago through the developmental “revolutions” that lead to modern society. Dr. Andy Beall reviews the anthropology, science, social development, and economics Harari includes in his work.
February 25, 2017 @ 3:00 pm –4:00 pm
Santa Elena History Center
1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902
Cost: $10.00
Instructor: Dr. Andy Beall

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.

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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