Calendar of Events

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, March 03, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Presbyterian Fellowship Hall, North Street, Beaufort, SC
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                   D. Michael Thomas is a South Carolinian and this is his second book. His first, Wade Hampton’s Iron Scouts: Confederate Special Forces, was published in 2018. He graduated from The Citadel with a B.A. in History and is a Vietnam veteran with active duty service in the navy from 1968-1972.  He is a life-long student of Southern history with special emphasis on the War Between the States.

                   Michael spent 5 years in banking and 31 years in International trade before retiring in 2008. When living near Richmond, Virginia, he spent ten years with the Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia serving as a volunteer historical researcher and, later, as a member of the Board of Directors. His research on Chesterfield County veterans from Colonial times to the Gulf War led him to author numerous newsletter articles on those veterans and their service.

                   Michael supported his local Little League for 13 years as a coach, umpire and member of the Board of Directors. He is an active member of the American Legion and the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  Michael & his wife DeeDee reside in Goose Creek and, in May, will celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary.

     The author will have books available for purchase and signing.


    Price of Event: Free, but a donation of $5.00 to the Beaufort History Museum is requested; Ages 12 – Adults

    For more information: Contact the Museum at (843) 379-3079

    • Saturday, March 14, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • The Arsenal courtyard - FREE (donations accepted)

    Beaufort History Museum will present its fifth annual Living History Encampment on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 9 AM – 5 PM in the Arsenal courtyard. Re-enactors coming to Beaufort from several states will portray Union troops from the Department of the South who were garrisoned in the Lowcountry and occupied the Beaufort Arsenal during the Civil War.

    The re-enactors will set up camp in the walled Arsenal courtyard and provide a unique educational opportunity for visitors of all ages, who will be able to interact with the soldiers to learn firsthand how life was lived in Beaufort during the Civil War years. A Civil War era cannon will be on display in the Arsenal courtyard the day of the event.

    The Museum is again partnering with the National Park Service (NPS) and its Reconstruction Era National Historical Park Visitors Center, located in the old Firehouse building on Craven Street across from the Arsenal, and with Beaufort County Library. The Museum’s highly acclaimed exhibit, Reconstruction Beaufort, is on display at NPS’ visitors center, which will be open the day of the Encampment.

    Beaufort is the place where Reconstruction first began during the early years of the Civil War. The National Park Service plans special activities the day of the Encampment event for kids who want to earn their Junior Ranger badges and will have docents on hand at its visitors venter.

    Admission is free to the Encampment in the Arsenal courtyard (donations to support the Museum are much appreciated). On the day of the Encampment event, admission to the Museum’s Exhibition Hall on the second floor of the Arsenal will be specially priced at $6.00 per visitor ($5.00 for seniors). Museum members, children, and active military and their families are admitted to the Museum free of charge at all times. Admission is free to the National Park Service’s Reconstruction Era National Historical Park Visitors Center.

    • Tuesday, May 19, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Dataw Island Club’s Carolina Room

    Hold The Date!      Reservations Open April 1, 2020 


    Advance Reservations for the Tea will be required (reservations will not be available at the door the day of the event). The deadline for making reservations will be announced when reservations open. Please note that the Tea has sold out in prior years before the deadline, so making your reservations early is strongly advised!


Past events

Thursday, January 23, 2020 2019 Annual Meeting & Presentation
Tuesday, January 07, 2020 Beaufort International Film Festival: Beaufort Hugs and Southern Hospitality
Thursday, November 07, 2019 History Lecture Series: Guns of the Big Gun Shoot, with Dave Smoot
Tuesday, November 05, 2019 Fall 2019 Docent Training Classes
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 History Lecture Series: Margaret Pickett, author of 'Eliza Lucas Pinckney'
Monday, September 02, 2019 Closed for Hurricane Dorian
Monday, September 02, 2019 Closed for Labor Day
Thursday, July 11, 2019 The Beat Goes On for Beaufort’s Melody Makers
Thursday, May 09, 2019 Celebrating Tourism in Beaufort - Free Admission Day!
Tuesday, May 07, 2019 5th Annual Beaufort History Museum Tea: Pearls of Wisdom
Tuesday, April 09, 2019 History Lecture Series: History and Tales of the Beaufort County Sheriff's Department
Saturday, March 09, 2019 4th Annual Civil War Era Living History Encampment
Wednesday, March 06, 2019 Spring 2019 Docent Training Classes
Thursday, February 07, 2019 History Lecture Series: "William J. Whipper and Jonathan Jasper Wright: Beaufort and South Carolina's First Civil Rights Lawyers" with W. Lewis Burke
Thursday, January 31, 2019 Annual Meeting
Thursday, January 10, 2019 Beaufort in Films, Special Exhibit Opening & Reception
Thursday, November 08, 2018 History Lecture Series: Tombee Revisited - Managing Enslaved Labor on a Sea Island Cotton Plantation
Saturday, October 20, 2018 Open House at the Museum - Free Admission!
Thursday, October 11, 2018 Closed for Hurricane Michael
Tuesday, October 09, 2018 History Lecture Series: Learn About the Yemasee Indians and Altamaha Town with Dr. Eric Poplin
Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Closed for Hurricane Florence
Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Abraham Lincoln scholar book signing!
Wednesday, July 04, 2018 Closed for July 4th
Saturday, June 30, 2018 2018 Liberty Days - Super Museum Saturday!
Monday, May 21, 2018 Museum Reopens to Public After Complete Renovation!
Tuesday, May 08, 2018 4th Annual Beaufort History Museum Tea: The Language of Libations, Celebrating Sweet Tea, Demon Rum, John Barleycorn, And Carolina Moonshine!
Saturday, May 05, 2018 Museum Closed During Exhibit Gallery Renovation
Friday, April 06, 2018 14th Annual Spring Art Walk
Tuesday, April 03, 2018 History Lecture Series: Dr. Richard Porcher on Dr. Henry Woodward
Saturday, March 24, 2018 3rd Annual Civil War Era Living History Encampment
Friday, March 16, 2018 Special Lecture: Reconstruction in Beaufort, SC and the Nation
Thursday, March 01, 2018 2017 Docent Annual Meeting
Tuesday, February 06, 2018 History Lecture Series: Jim Crow Laws in South Carolina and Their Effect on the Beaufort Area
Thursday, January 25, 2018 Annual Meeting
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Winter 2017 Docent Training Classes
Friday, January 12, 2018 Free Admission Day! National Park Service Reconstruction Era Event Planned in Arsenal Courtyard
Wednesday, January 03, 2018 Closed Due To Weather
Tuesday, November 07, 2017 History Lecture Series: The Battle of Port Royal Sound, 1861
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 “Politics, Pilings and Playgrounds--Henry C Chambers Riverfront Park”, a panel discussion moderated by Edie Rodgers
Friday, September 08, 2017 Closed for Hurricane Irma
Thursday, August 24, 2017 Fall 2017 Docent Training
Monday, August 21, 2017 Closing at 1pm for Eclipse
Friday, June 30, 2017 Liberty Days
Wednesday, May 10, 2017 3rd Annual Beaufort History Museum Tea: Crowning Glory -- Celebrating the Role of Women’s Hats in Southern Culture
Wednesday, May 03, 2017 History Lecture Series: Tide of Death, The Great Sea Island Hurricane of 1893
Thursday, April 20, 2017 History Lecture Series: History and Culture of the Gullah on St. Helena Island
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 History Lecture Series: Harriet Tubman - A Glimpse into the Life of a Woman of Courage
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 History Lecture Series: Abbie Holmes Christensen
Saturday, March 04, 2017 Reconstruction Era Living History Encampment
Friday, March 03, 2017 History Lecture Series: Beaufort In The Civil War
Saturday, February 18, 2017 History Lecture Series: Researching an African-American Family
Thursday, January 26, 2017 Annual Meeting
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 History Lecture Series: Tide of Death: The Great Sea Island Hurricane of 1893
Tuesday, January 24, 2017 History Lecture Series: The Battle of Port Royal Sound
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Volunteer Greeters Orientation
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Winter 2016 Docent Training
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 History Lecture Series: Hurricanes of Beaufort’s Past
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 History Lecture Series: I Walked in Santa's Boots
Thursday, December 08, 2016 History Lecture Series: Historic Homes of Beaufort - The Anchorage
Wednesday, December 07, 2016 Volunteer Greeters Orientation
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 History Lecture Series: Native American Myths, Poetry & Trickster Tales
Thursday, November 24, 2016 Closed for Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 23, 2016 Thanksgiving Eve Hours
Monday, November 07, 2016 History Lecture Series: The Battle of Port Royal
Monday, October 24, 2016 History Lecture Series: Songs of the Civil War
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Fall 2016 Docent Training
Wednesday, October 05, 2016 Closed for Hurricane Matthew
Thursday, September 29, 2016 History Lecture Series: Ribaut’s Road
Tuesday, September 13, 2016 History Lecture Series: Beaufort—500 Years in a Capsule
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 Summer 2016 Docent Training
Friday, June 10, 2016 Reconstruction Beaufort: Islands of Hope in a Sea of Distress - New Exhibit
Thursday, June 09, 2016 South Carolina Humanities Festival
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 Girls Raised In The South (GRITS) - A Tea Party and Celebration of Lowcountry Women Who Changed History -- SOLD OUT!
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Spring 2016 Docent Training
Sunday, April 24, 2016 Beaufort County Spring Tour
Friday, March 25, 2016 Easter Holiday Hours
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 2016 CSCLHS Conference - Museum Tour
Friday, March 11, 2016 Civil War Era Living History Encampment
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Annual Meeting - Members Dinner
Tuesday, January 26, 2016 Annual Meeting
Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Winter 2016 Docent Training
Friday, January 01, 2016 Closed for New Years
Thursday, December 31, 2015 New Year's Eve Hours
Friday, December 25, 2015 Closed for Christmas.
Thursday, December 24, 2015 Christmas Eve Hours
Sunday, November 22, 2015 A Place Called Home
Saturday, October 31, 2015 Pat Conroy 70th Birthday Bash
Wednesday, October 14, 2015 Fall 2015 Docent Training
Thursday, October 01, 2015 'Doctuh' BUZZard Exhibit
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Revealed! The Intimate Secrets of a Victorian Woman

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