Join us as singers from one of the world's--and America's--best known theatrical venues perform a medley of songs from some of Broadway's biggest hits with a historical theme. Song selection will consist of Americana music and hits from such well-known productions as "Hamilton", "Porgy and Bess", "New York, New York", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", "Ragtime", and others.
The group will be led by Beaufort native Lenora Eve who holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in music and vocal performance and is currently the Executive Artistic Director at Opera Breve in New York City where she is a vocal instructor and accompanist/coach. Lenora has sung nationally and internationally in operatic and musical theater roles including eight roles with Amato Opera in New York City; Broadway national tour of The Sound of Music with Richard Chamberlain; and State Fair with John Davidson. In addition, she was in the International Tour of The Sound of Music with Marie Osmond traveling to Bangkok, Singapore, Hong Kong and Seoul, Korea. One of her most memorable moments remains performance as the alto soloist in Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass at Carnegie Hall in New York.
After traveling internationally for several years in musical events, Lenora relocated to New York City where she has been a director of numerous operas and musical productions.
Lenora is an established and acclaimed teacher and coach. Her vocal studio boasts an eclectic variety of students, including those from the world of Broadway and opera--several of whom you will see and hear perform at this event.
Make sure you save the date for this truly one-of-a-kind event for Beaufort. Registration/tickets go on sale for Museum members 3 June 2023. Admission price for those with an active Museum membership and their guests will be $35. Registration and ticketing for all others will commence 10 June 2023 at a cost of $40. Online registration/ticketing is required. Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.
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BEAUFORT, SC – A free public symposium to discuss the Search for Stuarts Town, the project to look for evidence of the lost Scottish colony, will be held on Saturday, February 4, from 1-4 p.m. at the USCB Center for the Arts Auditorium.
In August of 2022, a team of archaeologists from the University of South Carolina’s Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA) and the University of Florida spent a week doing an exploratory dig in The Point neighborhood of Beaufort – searching for the lost 17thC Scottish colony of Stuarts Town. All of the collected materials have been at the SCIAA laboratories in Columbia where, for these past few months, they have been meticulously cleaned, examined, and catalogued.
The symposium on February 4, 2023, will be the first public presentation of what was found, what it may (or may not) mean, and future plans for The Search for Stuarts Town project.
The symposium will include presentations on the history of Stuarts Town, the archaeological search for its remains, the history of the Yamasee Indians who were allies of the Stuarts Town colonists, and the archaeology of the nearby Yamasee town of Pocotaligo -- where the 1715 Yamasee War began.
Participating from the University of South Carolina are Dr. Chester DePratter and Dr. Larry Rowland, from the University of Florida is Dr. Charles Cobb, from the University of Texas is Dr. Peter Moore, from the University of North Florida is Dr. Denise Bossy, and from the University of Michigan is doctoral candidate Hannah Hoover.
Learn about the findings, future plans, and the latest scholarship regarding both Stuarts Town and the Yamasee Indians. Afterwards, take the opportunity to meet the speakers and purchase a signed copy of Dr. Moore’s new book, Carolina's Lost Colony: Stuarts Town and the Struggle for Survival in Early South Carolina.
Lobby doors open to the public at 12:30, and seating begins at 12:45 on a first-come first-served basis.
Sent out by the City of Beaufort, SC on behalf of the: Stuarts Town Action Group, Dr. Chester DePratter, StuartsTownActionGroup@gmail.com, www.stuartstown.com
The Beaufort History Museum is pleased to announce that a new exhibit will soon be available for public viewing in its main exhibit hall. The new exhibit has been made possible due in large part to a $15,000 Growth Grant awarded by the South Carolina Humanities with funds provided through the American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARP). The grant will comprise approximately 30 percent of the total cost of the project, with the remainder provided by the Beaufort History Museum’s funds. The new exhibit is part is part of a larger planned expansion of the Museum’s exhibition hall intended to improve the historic interpretation experience for our visitors. The Phase IIA installation will be completed and the exhibit available for public viewing by Friday, 20 January 2023.
Phase IIA will provide visitors with background information and displays on the geology, geography and historical timeline of Port Royal Sound and the surrounding area. The exhibit’s two, large (height 8’, width 11’, thickness 8”), free standing and walk-around walls will serve as the primary welcoming point for museum visitors. The graphic below shows the planned placement for the new exhibit.
Planned Placement of Exhibit IIA in Exhibit Hall
Upon entry into the main exhibit hall, museum visitors will immediately notice the custom designed, panoramic mural representing the major periods across our 500 years plus of history.
Wall 1, Entrance. Historical Panorama, Mural (pre-production).
Shaping America’s History for 500 Years
Visitors can then step inside the space between the two walls and learn about the significance and role our deep harbor, high tides and mild climate have played in our history as well as providing the habitat and environment for our abundant coastal wildlife.
Wall 1, Interior. Unique Features of Port Royal Sound (pre-production)
Turn around and do a deeper dive into the unique aspects of our South Carolina Lowcountry maritime geography and environment and discover more about the land, the natural resources, and the crops that have had such an influence on our development, culture, and history.
Wall 2, Interior. Beautiful Beaufort County (pre-production)
Then take a short walk around the Beautiful Beaufort County wall shown above to view our historical timeline. The timeline is divided into sections that are labeled with identifying links to the currently installed Phase I panels where you can learn more about that period of our history.
Wall 2, Exterior. Historical Timeline (pre-production)
A new, interactive kiosk is planned to be located close to Exhibit IIA and provide access to an even more comprehensive timeline for those visitors requiring more detailed information about our history. There was only so much room on the new displays, and we did not want to leave anything out.
History Workshop (HW) Exhibits, of Mt. Pleasant, SC, produced the exhibit and displays. They also created and installed graphic exhibits for the extensive renovation of the Museum in 2018 (Phase I).
The preparation of the narrative and texts for the displays is a result of the museum’s Exhibits Committee and expert assistance provided by historians Dr. Lawrence Rowland, Professor Emeritus of USCB and author of the definitive history of Beaufort County, and Dr. Stephen Wise, Director of the MCRD Parris Island Museum and Cultural Resource Manager for the Marine Corps facility and the author of several books about local and South Carolina history. The Exhibits Committee is also grateful to Dr. Chris Marsh, former Director of the Lowcountry Institute (now Director Emeritus of the Lowcountry Institute) for his expertise and contributions regarding our local marine ecology and maritime environment.
The completion of the new exhibit space and displays will provide an opportunity for the Museum to let both area residents and visitors to Beaufort feel assured that not only have we recovered from the COVID pandemic but that we are moving ahead for a better future for our community and our Museum.
Want a closer look? You’ll have to wait a bit longer until the exhibit is installed but, in the meantime, click here to get a little bit closer look (enlarged) of what you can expect.
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The Beaufort History Museum, which was founded in 1939, has evolved to focus specifically on the deep and rich history of the Beaufort District. It strives to manage and display artifacts and documents held by the City of Beaufort, telling compelling stories of this area, from the early 16th century until modern times. For information on all the Museum events, click here to visit our website. Click here and follow us on Facebook.
The scale Bateaux model boat, which was constructed by Dennis Cannady, was the overwhelming choice of Beaufort History Museum members and their guests for Museum display at Thursday's (September 15, 2022) Hidden Beaufort Treasures Event. A bateau or batteau is a shallow-draft, flat-bottomed boat which was used extensively across North America, especially in the colonial period and in the fur trade. It was traditionally pointed at both ends but came in a wide variety of sizes. The name derives from the French word, bateau, which is simply the word for boat. "Bateaux" is actually the plural form spelling. In the southern United States, the term was and is still used to refer to flat-bottomed boats in general.
The Bateaux model received 52% of the votes cast with the closest competitor, the Japanese Bowl, receiving 29% of the votes. The remaining artifacts (Seamstress' Fluter and College of Beaufort Plaque) tied for third place.
Beaufort, SC. July 22, 2022. There will be a presentation by Dr. Larry Rowland and City Councilman, Phil Cromer about Stuarts Town in the Arsenal Courtyard on Monday, August 8, 2022, from 12 PM - 1 PM. Topics include the town’s abbreviated history and the current ongoing archaeological digs in downtown Beaufort to try to find out exactly where Stuarts Town was. There will be a "Q" and "A" period following their presentations. The presentation will also be available on the City of Beaufort's Facebook page. The event is open to the public at no charge.
Please click here to view the City of Beaufort's press release about this event.
In November 1684, a group of 51 Scots arrived in Port Royal Sound to establish a permanent settlement to be called Stuarts Town. But where exactly was Stuarts Town located? That's the mystery that Stuarts Town Action Group (STAG) hopes to solve as it launches an exploratory archaeological dig with that as its goal.
Click here to view the City of Beaufort's press release on the start of this project.
Click here to visit the STAG website and learn more about this exciting archaeological search occurring in the heart of Beaufort's Historic District.
Mary Legree, Beaufort History Museum Board Member as well as Museum Greeter, appeared on national TV on February 28, 2022. Mary, along with the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Executive Director, Victoria Smalls, were interviewed by Kenneth Moton as part of the feature entitled "Preserving the Gullah Geechee culture in the U.S." on ABC's GMA3 daytime news program. Click here to view this interview.
Click here to view a video of the 79th New York Highlanders Regiment December 4, 2021, encampment event at the Beaufort Arsenal and Beaufort History Museum and tribute to the Civll War fallen at Beaufort National Cemetery.
Seventeen docents enjoyed lunch at Dataw Country Club on November 16th when we held our deferred annual meeting. Bill Skipper gave an update on the planned Phase 2a exhibit, and Tom Kelley reviewed the Museum’s success throughout the recent pandemic-related difficulties and plans for the future.
Interested in becoming a Beaufort History Museum Docent or Greeter? Visit our Volunteer page to learn more about what it means to be a docent and how you can become one.
Beaufort, SC: The Beaufort History Museum will host the encampment of the 79th New York Highlander Regiment in a reenactment of events that forever changed Beaufort in 1861.
The reenactors will encamp in The Arsenal Courtyard (713 Craven St.) and present live presentations of Civil War era camp life, educational discussions, drills, marching, bagpiping, and interactive activities for the entire family, Saturday, Dec. 4, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Beaufort History Museum members will have a special opportunity to have coffee with the reenactors, 9:00-10:00 a.m., Dec. 4, at the Arsenal. Non-members may click here to learn more about different membership subscription levels and join.
Included in the presentations are discussions and live demonstrations of the importance of music and bugle calls during the War, the variety and use of weapons including cannon, how medical support was deployed in the field, the role of women, camp “dining” and cooking, and other relevant topics.
Admission to the event is free (donations will be accepted). Admission to the Beaufort History Museum will be discounted for Adults ($5) and Seniors ($4). Active military and children under 12 are free.
The Beaufort History Museum, which was founded in 1939, has evolved to focus specifically on the deep and rich history of the Beaufort District. It strives to manage and display artifacts and documents held by the City of Beaufort, telling the compelling stories of this area, from the early 16th century until modern times. For information on all the Museum events, visit BeaufortHistoryMuseum.com, or follow the Museum’s Facebook page.
Our mission is to preserve, portray, and promote the experiences of our past that influence us now and in the future.
The Beaufort History Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 713 Craven Street, Beaufort, SC 29902