2017 Tuesday Morning History Programs

Tuesday Morning History Programs

 Tuesdays 10:30 am

$10 Per Person; Reservations Required
Call 843-686-6560 or click here to register online

March 21 - Pedro Menendez, "The Last Crusader":  Known as the John Wayne of his time, Menendez was an advisor to King Phillip II of Spain and was the founder of the first lasting European settlement in North America at Santa Elena, where he served as Governor of Spanish La Florida.

March 28 - The Role of Women in the History and Development of Hilton Head Island: There were many strong women in Hilton Head Island's History whose roles were defined by plantation life, isolation, and war.  Women on the island faced challenging but rewarding opportunities.  They were pioneers who led the way and fought to establish a healthy lifestyle.  This 1 and 1/2-hour presentation will discuss the roles and contributions of women while looking at the history of the island during the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the isolation after the Union Army left, and the development era to modern times. Join us as we discuss the history and the women who survived, contributed, and excelled on this island.

April 4 - Historic Sites of Hilton Head Island: Join us for a 1 and 1/2-hour talk about the history of Hilton Head Island and the historic sites on the island accompanied by a  map that you can then use for your own self-guided tour of the sites by car or by bicycle.
     Hilton Head Island has an extensive and varied history, and much of that history can still be seen and enjoyed at a variety of sites around the island. See the tabby remains of the Stoney-Baynard plantation house in Sea Pines, and the ramparts of Ft. Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation.  Visit the Mitchelville kiosk in Fish Haul Park to learn about the first self-governed black community created during the Civil War, and the Gullah Museum on Gum Tree Road to learn of the Gullah community that continues to flourish on the island.

April 11 - Pirates of the Lowcountry: What were pirates doing the in the waters of the Lowcountry before the Revolutionary War?  Who were they?

April 18 - The Story of Mitchelville: Hear the story of the establishment of Mitchelville, the nation's first self-governed, freed slave village and the reasons why it should be remembered.

April 25 - The Gullah People and Culture: Learn how the Gullah people were brought to Hilton Head Island as slaves, how their culture has survived, flourished and what is being done today to save that culture and preserve it for future generations. 

May 2 - Early Explorers of the South Carolina Lowcountry: Who was here before Captain William Hilton? Learn about the Early Explorations of the SC Lowcountry by the Spanish, French, and English from 1492-1663.

May 9 - The Story of Santa Elena: Before Jamestown and Plymouth, there was the Spanish settlement of Santa Elena on Port Royal Sound in Beaufort County, SC. The story of Santa Elena, founded in 1566 on Parris Island, is one of religion, geopolitics, cultural clashes, war and struggles to survive. It also is little known — even in South Carolina, where colonial European powers France and Spain established beachheads in the New World.

May 16 - Pedro Menendez, "The Last Crusader":  Known as the John Wayne of his time, Menendez was an advisor to King Phillip II of Spain and was the founder of the first lasting European settlement in North America at Santa Elena, where he served as Governor of Spanish La Florida.

May 23 - The Role of Women in the History and Development of Hilton Head Island: There were many strong women in Hilton Head Island's History whose roles were defined by plantation life, isolation, and war.  Women on the island faced challenging but rewarding opportunities.  They were pioneers who led the way and fought to establish a healthy lifestyle.  This 1 and 1/2-hour presentation will discuss the roles and contributions of women while looking at the history of the island during the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, the isolation after the Union Army left, and the development era to modern times. Join us as we discuss the history and the women who survived, contributed, and excelled on this island.

May 30 - Sea Pines 1950-1985:  Learn about the development of Sea Pines Plantation from the days of the lumbermen in the early 1950’s, to the planning done by Charles Fraser and the Sea Pines Company, through to the incorporation of the Town of Hilton Head in 1983.

June 6 - Hilton Head Island in the Civil War: This class is based Robert Carse’s 1961 book, Hilton Head Island in the Civil War: Department of the South.  It is the definitive work on the history of Hilton Head Island during the Union Army and Navy occupation of our island in the 1860’s.

June 13 - Battle of Fort Pulaski: Before the beginning of the Civil war the Confederates captured Fort Pulaski which guarded the entrance to Savannah.  Learn how Quincy Gillmore’s knowledge of new types of artillery helped the Union recapture this previously unimpentrenable fort in 1862 and avenge the taking of Fort Sumter by the Confederates in 1861.

June 20 - Cemeteries of Hilton Head Island: Learn about the history and location of the 16 cemeteries on Hilton Head Island.

June 27 - Historic Sites of Hilton Head Island: Join us for a 1 and 1/2-hour talk about the history of Hilton Head Island and the historic sites on the island accompanied by a  map that you can then use for your own self-guided tour of the sites by car or by bicycle.
     Hilton Head Island has an extensive and varied history, and much of that history can still be seen and enjoyed at a variety of sites around the island. See the tabby remains of the Stoney-Baynard plantation house in Sea Pines, and the ramparts of Ft. Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation.  Visit the Mitchelville kiosk in Fish Haul Park to learn about the first self-governed black community created during the Civil War, and the Gullah Museum on Gum Tree Road to learn of the Gullah community that continues to flourish on the island.



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South Carolina Genealogy & History Library

The Heritage Library Foundation
852 William Hilton Parkway | 2nd FloorSuite A-2
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928
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