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Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week to be Celebrated Throughout the Coast

July 20, 2017
 
Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week
 
“Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” began in 2012 in the City of Charleston, SC.  Since then, the celebration has grown to encompass the counties and townships of the Gullah/Geechee Nation in the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida.  This year, the theme of the celebration is “Fa We Ancestas.”  The Gullah/Geechee Nation is proud that this week is part of the global activities for the “United Nations International Decade of People of African Descent.”  The “Gullah/Geechee Famlee Day” launch celebration for the week will take place at Island Breeze on historic Mosquito Beach in Charleston, SC (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gullahgeechee-famlee-day-at-mosquito-beach-2017-tickets-33510881) and thereafter, those that are interested in learning about and supporting the continuing historical legacy of the Gullah/Geechee Nation can attend:
• the ribbon cutting on Sunday, July 30th from 1 to 5 pm at the Heyward House in Bluffton, SC where enslavement cabins and big house built by Gullah/Geechee has been restored.  While in the town, people should journey over to the Garvin-Garvey House to learn about this historic Gullah/Geechee family home that continues to stand proudly along the May River.
• the “American Gullah” exhibition at the landmark St. Helena Branch Library during the entire week of celebration.  They will be able to discuss the journey of these works at an artist talk with the creator of this powerful collection, Sonja Griffin Evans on Saturday, August 5, 2017 at 2:30 pm to conclude the performances and workshops at the library as part of the “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™” (www.GullahGeechee.info).
•  August 1st and 2nd people are encouraged to take authentic Gullah/Geechee tours operated by natives of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  For details on the tour companies that are participating, email GullGeeCo@aol.com or go to www.gullahgeechee.us.
Thursday, August 3rd is “Queen Quet Day” in Brunswick, GA!  Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (www.QueenQuet.com) request the presents of everyone at the Glynn County Council meeting wherein they will present their “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week Proclamation” as a gift on her day.
August 4-6, 2016 the entire “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” will culminate with the “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™” on historic St. Helena Island, SC.  The celebration begins with De Gullah Root Experience Tour (www.gullahgeechee.net) at Noon.  Those arriving that evening will be part of a welcoming “Party with a Purpose Juke Joint Jam at MJ’s Soul Food” on Sea Island Parkway on St. Helena Island, SC.
Saturday, August 5th from Noon to 6 pm is “Gullah/Geechee Reunion Day” at the landmark St. Helena Branch Library and the St. Helena Island Community Market.
Sunday, August 6th participants in the celebration are encouraged to worship at a spiritual center in the Gullah/Geechee Nation and then at 3 pm to gather at Hunting Island, SC for a massive drumming and ancestral tribute.
Throughout the course of the entire week, people should stop and sign in at the “Gullah/Geechee Visitors Center” in Beaufort, SC. When they shop there, they will receive Gullah/Geechee dollars that they can present to Queen Quet whenever they see her during that week.
If you want to find out more details or keep up with the week of festivities, follow www.gullahgeecheenation.com“Gullah/Geechee Nation” on Facebook and @GullahGeechee on Twitter and Instagram.  Go to this link for weekend passes for the “Gullah/Geechee Nation International Music & Movement Festival™” events:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gullahgeechee-nation-international-music-movement-festival-2017-tickets-30573330655?aff=es2
Make sure to bring drums, tambourines, and chairs to the activities!
 
Jayn we and bring de famlee!  #GullahGeechee
Webe Gullah/Geechee Anointed Peepol!

Lun mo bout who webe

Black Music Month on Historic St. Helena Island Launches with the Sea Island Sounds Celebration

May 25, 2017
Sea Island Sounds at St. Helena Market
June is “Black Music Month.”  This annual celebration in the Gullah/Geechee Nation will begin at the St. Helena Island Community Market with the “Sea Island Sounds Celebration” on Saturday, June 3, 2017 featuring songstresses, Mahoganee and GwenYvette.  Both of these dynamic singers will be releasing new songs and the audience at the celebration will be the first to hear them at the Dr. Martin Luther King Park on historic St. Helena Island on that day.  The event begins at 10 am and ends at 3 pm.
Due to the fact that the “Sea Island Sounds Celebration” will take place at the same time that Gullah/Geechees Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nationcommemorate the Combahee River Raid that was led by Harriet Tubman, Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation will also do a Spirituals presentation to honor Mother Moses and the creation of these songs on the Sea Islands.  The Spirituals are the official music of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and the state of South Carolina.
 
DJ Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions
Throughout the celebration DJ Kwame Sha of All Mobile Productions™ (AMP™) will also spin a variety of music by Gullah/Geechee artists that people may not be aware were natives of the area.  There will be an exhibition curated from De Gullah/Geechee Alkbulan Archive about these artists that will also be on display at the landmark St. Helena Branch Library throughout the month.  Many may want to view it when the new “Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club” showings take place there on Saturday, June 24th.  The Noon film will be “Standing in the Shadows of Motown” which highlights Gullah/Geechee Hall of Famer, James Jamison of the “Funk Brothers” and the 2:30 pm film will be “Reconstruction: The Second Civil War” which Queen Quet appeared in and sang for.
 
The Sea Island Sounds Celebration and the “Gullah/Geechee TV & Movie Club” showings in celebration of Black Music Month are all FREE and open to the public.  CDs, books, DVDs, craft items, and Gullah/Geechee food will be on sale at the Sea Island Sounds Celebration.  
 
For more information, email GullGeeCo@aol.com, go to www.gullahgeecheenation.com or follow @GullahGeechee on Twitter and Instagram.
 
Advance passes can be obtained from:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sea-island-sounds-celebration-at-st-helena-community-market-tickets-33637151626?aff=erelexpmlt
 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gullahgeechee-tv-movie-club-standing-in-the-shadows-of-motown-and-reconstruction-tickets-34806692755?aff=erelexpmlt

The advance passes will be used for prize drawings during the events.

 
Bring chairs and put on your dancing shoes for this celebration of
Black music!

Santa Elena History Center – March 28 – April 8

March 27, 2017

Event and Program Announcements from the Santa Elena History Center March 28-April 8                      www.Santa-Elena.org


 

 

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 History & Art of Cigar Making

Join Cuban born Juan Carlos Jiménez, who from his own factory in the Dominican Republic has been producing handcrafted Cuban seed cigars for the past 20 years. Today, he takes us on a fascinating journey of learning, and what it takes to produce a cigar worthy to be named the ‘official cigar’ of both The White House & Mount Vernon!  Male or female, cigar smoker or not, we believe you will enjoy this lecture, which will provide you with a whole new appreciation and understanding of the mystique and ongoing interest so many have in participating in this fine art that has been around for thousands of years.

March 28, 2017 @ 3:00 pm –4:00 pm

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

Instructor: Juan Carlos Jimenez

Painting the Southern Coast: The Art of West Fraser

In this program West Fraser will talk about how the story of the First European Artist in North American and the history of Spanish Florida inspired him to paint a specific geography of the South Eastern Coast. West will relate his personal experience with the land, geography, and history of the area he calls ‘My Country,’ as well as discuss the making of his latest book Painting the Southern Coast: The Art of West Fraser. Signed copies will be available for purchase.  Please join us afterwards for wine and informal conversation with Mr. Fraser.

April 1, 2017 @ 4:00 pm –6:00 pm

Santa Elena History Center

1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902 Cost: $20.00

Instructor: West Fraser

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)March 28 and 31, 2017 @ 4:30 pm –5:30 pm

Santa Elena History Center

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

Instructor: Evelene Stevenson

Basic Navigation and Tools of 16th Century Explorers  

Today we move about with the aid of satellite-based navigation tools and Internet maps. Researchers are even confident that we will have self-driving vehicles in just a few years. This course allows you to learn the art of navigation and to discover the methods sailors used 500 years ago. Learn from master navigators Howard Heckrotte and Doug Nelson to plot a course using a sextant, quadrant, compass, and chronometer. Learn how these 16th Century tools advanced European discovery and exploration of the New World.

March 30, 2017 @ 3:00 pm –4:00 pm

Santa Elena History Center

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

Instructor: Douglas Nelson and Howard Heckrotte

The European Struggle to Settle North America

Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, England, France, and Spain struggled to establish permanent settlements in North America. Most of their attempts failed, but each country finally achieved success. The area that would become South Carolina played an important role in this struggle. The authors of The European Struggle to Settle North America: Colonizing Attempts by England, France and Spain, 1521-1608 will delve into settlement efforts in the Southeastern United States and in particular the Port Royal Sound region. Signed copies of The European Struggle to Settle North America: Colonizing Attempts by England, France and Spain, 1521-1608 will be offered for sale after the program.

April 5, 2017 @ 3:00 pm –4:00 pm

Santa Elena History Center

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

Instructor: Dwayne and 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.

SPRING BREAK AND SUMMER PROGRAMS

Need something to do with the kids during spring break or the summer? Check out our selection of fun, interactive programs.

Perfect for families and kids alike. Click here for more info.

Come see what’s special at el Almacen, the Museum Store! 

Announcement! The all-new Collector’s Corner hosts an extensive and varied collection of vintage printed material… booklets, newspaper clippings, map of coastal areas, old currency and letters…. and much more!

Come discover what part of this special collection to make your own!

All from the collection of a generous Santa Elena supporter.

Lots of hostess, birthday, and children’s gifts to choose from, in addition to Santa Elena souvenirs!

Stop by anytime to visit the store. A limited number of items are available online: http://santa-elena.org/shop/

THE HERITAGE LIBRARY

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.

NEED A PLACE TO HOST A SPECIAL EVENT?

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

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Santa Elena History Center & Heritage Library NOB

March 13, 2017

Programs and Highlights from the Santa Elena History Center and Heritage Library – Beaufort Branch https://sna.etapestry.com/prod/viewEmailAsPage.do?personaRef=2251.0.59770891&databaseId=SantaElenaProjectFoundation&memberId=1254035445&jobRef=2251.0.195159069&mailingId=33120532&erRef=2251.0.59770890&key=253f7b5d921338af34da817c0f42753

 

 

At Santa Elena History Center, March 2 – 11

March 2, 2017

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!