Home School History Day – Heyward-Washington House – November 20th

3044116911522781The Charleston Museum presents Home School History Day: Colonial Charleston at the Heyward – Washington House

It’s 1781 and the British have control of the city. Mrs. Heyward will show you through her home and tell you of her daily routine and the struggles under British occupancy. The third Friday of every month we offer a special program for home schooling families. These programs feature one of our field trip classes, a chance to go through the Museum, and an activity.

November 20, 10 – 11 am, at the Heyward-Washington House , 87 Church Street,  Charleston , SC 29403

Reservations required. FREE for Museum members and FREE with admission ($12/adults, $5/children, under 3 free.  Click here for information.

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Middleton Place – Plantation Days – November 14-15th

block_plandaysNOVEMBER 14 & 15: PLANTATION DAYS

Dates: Saturday & Sunday, November 14 & 15
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: free with General Admission

Craftworkers demonstrate the skills practiced by slaves as they prepared the antebellum plantation for winter. Different aspects of 18th and 19th century plantation life will be explored including domestic skills, African American culture and Gullah storytelling.

Go to https://www.middletonplace.org/visiting-middleton-place/events-calendar.html or call (843) 556-6020 for tickets and information.  Middleton Place is located at  4300 Ashley River Road,Charleston, SC 29414.

(Photo credit:  Middleton Place website)

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Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration, November 12-14, 2015

Heritage Days Celebration is a three-day cultural event celebrating the Gullah/Geechee/Sea Island history, folk arts, food, music, crafts and West African cultural legacy. Located at the Penn School, one of the first schools for enslaved Africans on St. Helena Island, visitors can experience the unique setting of the 50-acre historic campus of Penn Center. Special events for the weekend include demonstrations of West African/ Gullah cultural connections, including bateau making, quilting, basket making and net making; live demonstrations of rice production in an authentic rice shack; Gullah storytellers; singers; African drummers; dancers; gospel singers; a craft fair; a parade; a fish fry and gospel extravaganza and lots of “fun fuh de chillun” (fun for the children). An educational symposium and breakfast will be held on Friday morning.

Parking available on campus.  For more information:  www.penncenter.com

SINHG November Evening Program Cancelled

sinhg logoDue to unforeseen circumstances on the part of our speaker, the Seabrook Island Natural History Group must cancel the Evening Program scheduled for November12th.

The next program will be on the evening of January 14th featuring Dr. Walter Edgar speaking on “How the Revolutionary War Was Really Won in the South”. Dr. Walter Edgar is the host of the popular “Walter Edgar’s Journal” on ETV Radio and has been described as “a courtly bespectacled professor with a wry and wicked sense of humor.”

The Seabrook Island Natural History Group is devoted to disseminating natural and cultural history information about Seabrook Island, Charleston and the South Carolina Low Country to its’ members through field trips and lectures. More information about SINHG programs and activities may be found by visiting SINHG’s website at sinhg.org.

Submitted by Gary Fansler

Stories and Songs of Native Americans – November 1st

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Enjoy myth and music with storyteller Will Moreau Goins. Dr. Goins has dedicated his life to preserving, presenting and performing Native American music traditions and storytelling.

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Charleston Museum Fall Lecture Series – The Plantation Landscape – November 3rd

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For the final installment of The Charleston Museum’s 2015 Fall Lecture Series, Virginia Beach will present The Plantation Landscape.

This presentation will explore how the Lowcountry provided the perfect laboratory and launch for investigating the New World. It will also examine the enterprising Carolinians who went about taming this landscape for fame and profit, and the dedicated conservationists who labored to rescue it.

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World Affairs Council of Charleston – Europe’s Refugee Crisis – November 9th

croppedimage175205-Ferris-Elizabeth-2Europe’s Refugee Crisis presented by Elizabeth Ferris

Monday, November 9, 2015 at 6:00pm
Reception begins at 5:15pm

Elizabeth Ferris is a Senior Fellow in the Foreign Policy Studies Program at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

The Citadel Alumni Center

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Secrets of the Colonial Dead – October 31st

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Earthquakes, hurricanes, fires, disease, and war were common occurrences in colonial Charleston. Death seemed to strike suddenly and indiscriminately, leaving mourning families to care for the deceased. This pervasive atmosphere of loss helped develop a set of unique burial practices and funerary traditions. Historian and craftsman J. David Gillespie, author of “A Brief Treatise on Tomb & Grave Stones of the Eighteenth Century”, will give a lecture on this topic, at 1 p.m., Saturday October 31, 2015, at The Powder Magazine Museum at 79 Cumberland Street. This will be followed by a visit to the neighboring Circular Congregational Church graveyard.

Tickets for this event are included with the regular $5 for admission to the Powder Magazine. For more information about this program, call (843) 722-9350 or email info@powdermag.org.

The Powder Magazine museum is South Carolina’s oldest public building. It has been a property of The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of South Carolina since 1902. Exhibits are focused on South Carolina’s colonial military history and available to the public daily.

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SINHG Evening Program November 12th

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The Seabrook Island Natural History Group November Evening Program features Katherine Saunders Pemberton discussing the preservation of historic Charleston.

Ms. Pemberton is currently the Associate Director of Preservation at the Historic Charleston Foundation where she has worked since 1996. Her primary job responsibilities include preservation advocacy, planning, special projects and historical research. Most recently, she edited and compiled the new Tour Guide Training Manual for the City of Charleston. Katherine also teaches a course in Research Methods and Documentation for the Clemson/ College of Charleston graduate program in Historic Preservation.

In 2005, she was appointed by Charleston’s Mayor Joseph Riley as co-chair of the Mayor’s Walled City Task Force. Since then, she has worked to coordinate the new research and archaeological excavations that have expanded our knowledge of the walled city.

All Seabrook Island residents and guests are welcome. There is a $5 donation for non SINHG members. Information about future programs and SINHG membership can be found at the SINHG web site, http://sinhg.org/

Refreshments – 7:00 PM   Program – 7:30 PM   Location – Lake House

Submitted by Gary Fansler

2nd Annual Confederate Home Tour of Studios – October 29th

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Do not miss this unique and exclusive opportunity to visit and experience this historical and important Charleston landmark!

This event will feature private access to the secret gardens of the Confederate Home and College, along with a rare glimpse into the working studios of sixteen successful and accomplished artists and writers!

Self-guided tours of artist and author studios inside the Confederate Home and College to benefit the Confederate Home and College in Charleston, SC, moderately priced housing for qualified residents. The Confederate Home and College also provides college scholarships for qualified students.

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Studios open 5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location:  62 Broad Street, Charleston, SC
Wine and Cheese
Cooking demonstration by Matt and Ted Lee

This year’s participating artists are:

* West Fraser * Sally Smith * Marion Hunter * Catherine Rogers * Sara Boyd * Steven Nicoll * Stephen Smith * Mary Ann Reames * Carol Gardner * Helen Warren * William Matalene * Ann Patrick * Josephine Humphreys * Pam Dullum * Mary Lapetz * Matt and Ted Lee (The Lee Brothers) *

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Drayton Hall: Distinguished Speakers Series – All Dressed Up, But No Place To Go – November 19th

All Dressed Up, But No Place To Go                                                                           Inaugural Chipstone Lecture                                                                                                      November 19, 2015 at 6:30 PM

speaker_cary_carsonDr. Cary Carson’s presentation will examine the extraordinary archaeological discovery of three of Colonial Virginia’s most lavish structures: Green Spring (ca. 1660), Fairfield (1694), and Corotoman (1726). Respectively built by a trio of the colony’s highest grandees, Sir William Berkeley, Lewis Burwell II, and Robert “King” Carter, scholars concluded that these buildings were over-the-top, eye-popping, plantation houses, similar to the colonial stature of Drayton Hall (ca. 1738). However, none of these Virginian elites resided in their grandiose mansions, choosing rather to live in the smaller houses they had been occupying for decades. This fact then begs the question: was there a different purpose for these extravagant, brand-new structures? Dr. Carson answers the mystery through the introduction of the FFV’s amazing FPPs, the First Families of Virginia’s newly re-discovered, heretofore unsuspected, but indisputably Fabulous Pleasure Palaces.

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SINHG Evening Program – Thursday, September 17th

On TLOGO Rhursday, September 17th, Virginia Beach will be the first speaker of the Seabrook Island Natural History Group’s Fall 2015 Evening Programs.
She is the author of “Rice & Ducks” which records the history of the South Carolina rice lands, a landscape that stretches all the way from the Pee Dee River to the Savannah. It is a story full of interesting and memorable characters, and unlikely allies. They include English Lords, Proprietors, southern plantation owners and slaves, northern industrialists, powerful U.S. Senators, daring scientists, media magnates, Trappist monks, and Wall Street financiers.
Refreshments – 7:00 PM   Program – 7:30 PM   Location – Lake House
All Seabrook Island residents and guests are welcome. There is a $5 donation for non SINHG members. Information about future programs and SINHG membership can be found at the SINHG web site, sinhg.org.
Gary Fansler