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Tuesday Morning History Programs

Tuesday, September 13, 2016 - Tuesday, November 22, 2016 • 10:30AM - 12:00PM

About the Event

The Heritage Library offers a series of presentations on the History of Hilton Head Island and the Lowcountry.

Tuesday, September 13 – Historic Sites of Hilton Head Island: Join us for a 1 and 1/2-hour talk about the history of Hilton Head Island and the historic sites on the island accompanied by a  map that you can then use for your own self-guided tour of the sites by car or by bicycle.

     Hilton Head Island has an extensive and varied history, and much of that history can still be seen and enjoyed at a variety of sites around the island. See the tabby remains of the Stoney-Baynard plantation house in Sea Pines, and the ramparts of Ft. Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation.  Visit the Mitchelville kiosk in Fish Haul Park to learn about the first self-governed black community created during the Civil War, and the Gullah Museum on Gum Tree Road to learn of the Gullah community that continues to flourish on the island.

Tuesday, September 20 – The Story of Santa Elena: Before Jamestown and Plymouth, there was the Spanish settlement of Santa Elena on Port Royal Sound in Beaufort County, SC. The story of Santa Elena, founded in 1566 on Parris Island, is one of religion, geopolitics, cultural clashes, war and struggles to survive. It also is little known — even in South Carolina, where colonial European powers France and Spain established beachheads in the New World.

Tuesday, September 27 – Pedro Menendez, “The Last Crusader”: Known as the John Wayne of his time, Menendez was an advisor to King Phillip II of Spain and was the founder of the first lasting European settlement in North America at Santa Elena, where he served as Governor of Spanish La Florida.

Tuesday, October 4 – The Role of Women in the History and Development of Hilton Head Island: There were many strong women in Hilton Head Island’s History whose roles were defined by plantation life, isolation, and war.  Women on the island faced challenging but rewarding opportunities.  They were pioneers who led the way and fought to establish a healthy lifestyle.  This 1 and 1/2-hour presentation will discuss the roles and contributions of women while looking at the history of the island during the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the isolation after the Union Army left, and the development era to modern times. Join us as we discuss the history and the women who survived, contributed, and excelled on this island.

Tuesday, October 11 – Early Explorers of the South Carolina Lowcountry: Who was here before Captain William Hilton? Learn about the Early Explorations of the SC Lowcountry by the Spanish, French, and English from 1492-1663.

Tuesday, October 18 – Cemeteries of Hilton Head Island:  Learn about the history and location of the 16 cemeteries on Hilton Head Island.

Tuesday, October 25 – Pirates of the Lowcountry: What were pirates doing the in the waters of the Lowcountry before the Revolutionary War?  Who were they?

Tuesday, November 1 – The Story of Mitchelville: Hear the story of the establishment of Mitchelville, the nation’s first self-governed, freed slave village and the reasons why it should be remembered.

Tuesday, November 8 – The Gullah People and Culture: Learn how the Gullah people were brought to Hilton Head Island as slaves, how their culture has survived, flourished and what is being done today to save that culture and preserve it for future generations.

Tuesday, November 15 – Sea Pines 1950 to 1983: Learn about the lumbermen, Charles Fraser, and the development of Sea Pines Plantation.

Tuesday, November 22 – Historic Sites of Hilton Head Island: Join us for a 1 and 1/2-hour talk about the history of Hilton Head Island and the historic sites on the island accompanied by a  map that you can then use for your own self-guided tour of the sites by car or by bicycle.

     Hilton Head Island has an extensive and varied history, and much of that history can still be seen and enjoyed at a variety of sites around the island. See the tabby remains of the Stoney-Baynard plantation house in Sea Pines, and the ramparts of Ft. Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation.  Visit the Mitchelville kiosk in Fish Haul Park to learn about the first self-governed black community created during the Civil War, and the Gullah Museum on Gum Tree Road to learn of the Gullah community that continues to flourish on the island.

 

The Details

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Event Location

Heritage Library
852 William Hilton Parkway, Ste 2A
Hilton Head Island, SC, 29928

Admission Details: $10 per person

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