Heritage News

Hilton Head in the Modern Era

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Rebekah Dobrasko

African American Schools 1920 - 1970

Tuesday, September 23, 2014; Coligny Theater

5:30 Wine Reception; 6:00 Presentation

$25/person; $40/couple

Optional fixed price dinner following at Bomboras Grille, Coligny Plaza; $24/person

South Carolina's African-American public schools suffered from unequal funding, short school years, and underpaid teachers.  Yet these schools were cherished community places that served as meeting centers and social institutions in addition to educating generations of South Carolinians.  This talk will highlight the unique history of African American schools in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, from the establishment of the Penn Center through the Rosenwald school building campaign, from "separate but equal" to "integration" in the 1970s.  Learn about the social, political, and architectural histories of African American schools and efforts to preserve this history today.


Rebekah Dobrasko is currently a historian with the Texas Department of Transportation in Austin, Texas.  Prior to her move west, she worked with the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office in Columbia for 10 years.  She is a leading authority on the history of South Carolina's equalization schools and has written articles, designed exhibits, and currently maintains a website dedicated to those schools and to education in South Carolina.

Cal the library at 843-686-6560843-686-6560  to register.  Call Bomboras Grille at 843-689-2662843-689-2662 to make dinner reservations.

For a Complete Listing of Our Speakers & Dates Click Here!


The Response to our first class has been so overwhelming that we have opened a second class to accommodate the overflow.

Exploring Irish Roots

Presented by Beth O’ Keefe, Volunteer

Heritage Library Foundation

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 or Friday, September 26, 2014

 1:30-3:30 pm

Fee:  $10/members; $15/non-members

Class size is limited;  Call the library at 843-686-6560 for reservations

for a complete listing of our classes Click Here!

Historic Sites on Hilton Head Island

Tuesdays, 10:00 am

$5 Donation

Join us on Tuesday mornings for a one-hour lecture about the historic sites on Hilton Head Island.  Learn the location and history of each site and leave with a map to explore on your own.

Call the library at 843-686-6560843-686-6560 to register.

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Ft. Mitchel Tours 
Presented by members of the History Department of the Heritage Library

Thursdays at 10:00 am

Tours of Ft. Mitchel are offered every Thursday at 10:00. 
Reserve your space by calling the Coastal Discovery Museum at 843.689.6767843.689.6767.

Adults: $12; children ages 6 – 12: $7 (no children under 6 years).

Who Do You Think You Are?

Let us help you find out.  Call the library at 843-686-6560843-686-6560 to reserve one free hour with an experienced genealogist who can help you get started climbing your family tree.  By appointment only.

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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
p. 843.686.6560 | f. 843.686-6506