SINHG Highlights College of the Building Arts

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American College of the Building Arts March 2020Charleston’s nationally-recognized American College of the Building Arts will take the spotlight on March 12, 2020, at 7:30 pm as the Seabrook Island Natural History Group (SINHG) presents Leigh Handal, the college’s Director of Institutional Development, for the next program in SINHG’s spring Evening Program series. Ms. Handel joined ACBA in 2016 after a thirty-year career in public relations and corporate development. She is an avid student of Lowcountry history and has been a licensed tour guide in Charleston for more than twenty years.

All Seabrook Island residents and their guests are welcome to attend Ms. Handal’s presentation at the Lake House. There is a $5.00 charge for non-SINHG members. Pre- registration is available at under the Events tab.

Founded ten years after the devastation wreaked on Charleston by Hurricane Hugo in 1989, the college was an integral part of the Holy City’s efforts to begin restoration of the historic iron, plaster and fine woodwork that had been destroyed or heavily damaged by the category four storm. The lack of skilled craftsmen in those arts soon became apparent and led to the creation of ACBA in 1999 as a degree-granting college integrating an American-style liberal arts degree with centuries-old artisan training traditions of Europe. By 2009, the college had awarded degrees to its first graduating class of seven students.

-Submitted by Norm Powers for SINHG