Beaufort History Museum Panel Tells the History of Chambers Park - Reservations for October 17 Lecture Now Available

Monday, October 02, 2017 8:43 PM | Webmaster BHM (Administrator)

Beaufort, SC – October 2, 2017  - Beaufort area residents and visitors enjoy the beautiful setting and myriad recreational opportunities at Henry C. Chambers Riverfront Park, but it was not always so.  What is now a 7-acre waterfront promenade with a playground, pavilion, marina, paths for strolling and plenty of benches for simply relaxing and taking in the stunning views, was at one time a decaying and shabby wharf that mirrored a failed mid-20th Century economy. 

            At a lecture, presented by Beaufort History Museum in partnership with the Beaufort Public Library, there will be the chance to learn the fascinating history of the waterfront’s revival.   Spearheading the project was one of Beaufort’s most effective and beloved mayors, Henry C. Chambers, who envisioned the renovation and led it to completion after his election in 1969.   

            Titled Politics, Pilings and Playgrounds--Henry C Chambers Riverfront Park”, the lecture will feature a panel discussion moderated by Edie Rodgers:

  • ·       Panelists: Henry C. Chambers, Ed Duryea, Harry Chakides, and Duncan Fordham discuss the trials and tribulations of creating Beaufort’s signature waterfront community space.
  • ·       Date:  Tuesday, October 17
  • ·       Time:  2 – 3:30 pm
  • ·       Location:   First Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall, Corner of North and Church Streets, Beaufort, SC 29902
  • ·       Admission:      Free  (A donation of $5 is suggested. Funds collected will be used to support ongoing programs which are open to all.)
  • ·       Reservations are required. To sign up visit the BHM website by clicking here.  Please print out the ticket and bring to the event.  (Lectures sell out. Those with tickets admitted first.)
  • ·       Next Lecture in History Series – Tuesday, November 7

      “The Battle of Port Royal Sound”  (Check website for more information)

            Beaufort History Museum, located in the historic Arsenal on Craven Street, has evolved to focus specifically on the 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.  The Museum’s hours of operation are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Saturday. 

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. Mailing Address: PO Box 172, Beaufort, SC 29901 

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