Posts Tagged ‘Hilton Head Island’

Hilton Head Island Proclaims Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week 2017!

June 21, 2017

The Town of Hilton Head Island, SC continues its participation in “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” this year.  Mayor Bennett presented Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( with a proclamation to this effect during the June town council meeting which was also broadcasted live.


Interestingly enough, the Town of Hilton Head took the celebration one step further when they unanimously voted for a “Gullah/Geechee Land Preservation Task Force” to be seated for the island.

Hilton Head Town Council Votes for Gullah/Geechee Land Preservation Task Force

Queen Quet was very pleased to witness this given that the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition used the Ruda/t Report which was provided to them by some of their members that were doing research on Hilton Head Island as a basis to host meetings with the various property owners associations that are split up across the island a decade ago.  At that time, many of the native islanders already felt defeated and did not see the value in continuing to press the issue of working together to hold onto the land and to insure the recognition of Gullah/Geechee culture on the island.   So, we look forward to what will come with the work of this new task force given the continued myriad of land issues and the commercialization of Gullah/Geechee culture for tourism purposes on the island.  We look forward to the native Gullah/Geechees stepping forward to truly carry out the task of reviving living Gullah/Geechee traditions throughout Hilton Head especially during Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week.


#GullahGeechee Nation Appreciation is the Talk of the Town!

August 2, 2016


Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation ( was featured on WHHI’s “Talk of the Town” to discuss “Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week” and how it is celebrated Beaufort countywide.  Every township within Beaufort County, SC including Hilton Head Island, SC which is where WHHI is located, has been participating in the celebration for the past four years.  Yeddi disya fa kno how hunnuh kin be paat ob de “Celebration of Self-Determination!”


Stories of the Sea Pines Wives

November 26, 2014

From Linda:

As a final presentation of the 2014 Speakers Series Hilton Head in the Modern Era, the Heritage Library and Coastal Discovery Museum present “Stories of the Sea Pines Wives” featuring Mary Coleman, Lois Masteller, Nelle Smith, and Susan Woods.  Many stories have been told about the men who developed Sea Pines, but much of the fabric that still binds Hilton Head together was woven by their wives.  From schools, to businesses, to Churches, to babysitting services and ballet classes, it was the wives who volunteered, organized, and led.


Join us on Tuesday, December 9 at Coligny Theater, Coligny Plaza

5:30 Wine Reception; 6:00 Presentation

$25 per person or $40 per couple

Seating is limited!  For reservations, call The Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 or Coastal Discovery Museum at 843-689-6767, Ext. 223, or register online at

Historic Sites Talk Return Sept. 9th

August 14, 2014

FOUNDATION_LOGOThe Heritage Library will resume their popular Historic Sites of Hilton Head Island talk every Tuesday at 10:30 am beginning September 9, 2014 at the Heritage Library, 852 William Hilton Parkway, 2nd Floor, Hilton Head Island. Learn about the places to visit on the island, their history, and leave with a map! The talks will be ongoing until Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

Linda Piekut
Executive Director
Heritage Library Foundation

November events at the Heritage Library

October 26, 2012


Family history research class:

Escape from the Usual Sources

Instructor: Carol Clemens, Volunteer
Heritage Library Foundation

1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Want to flesh out your family tree? Try escaping from the usual sources like Ancestry and Family Search. Come learn about other online sources that may help you fill in some pieces in your family puzzle and add “life” to your tree. This class is appropriate for all levels of genealogists, especially beginners.

Fee: $25 Non-members, $20 Foundation members. For questions call Nancy Burke, 843-686-6560.

History lecture:

Welcome to the World!
Hilton Head Island from 1950 to 2012

Norman Harberger, Member
Heritage Library Foundation

Part 1: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2012;

Part 2: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 20, 2012;

A perspective of development of modern Hilton Head during the Charles Fraser years by a participant. Norman Harberger has been a Sea Pines property owner since 1974, and a full time resident since 1988. Norm is a mathematician/physicist who ended up as a business executive and management consultant. He brings to this presentation an analytical perspective, and a keen sense of the human factors and competing interests that have shaped, and continue to shape, the Island’s modern era.

Fee: $10 for non-members, $8 for members. Couples will pay $15 for non-members and $12 for members. For questions call Bill Altstaetter at 843-686-6560.

The Heritage Library is in the Savannah Bank building,
852 William Hilton Parkway, 2nd Floor, Suite A-2
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928
p. 843.686.6560 | f. 843.686-6506