2018 Tuesday Morning History Classes

Don't forget!  Our new location on Hilton Head is 2 Corpus Christi, Ste 100

Tuesday Morning History Programs
Tuesdays, 10:30 am

$10 Per Person; Reservations Required

To sign up, please call 843-686-6560, or: 

January 30 - Historic Sites of Hilton Head Island: Join us for a 1½-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.

February 6 - The Story of Santa ElenaBefore 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.

February 13 - Pirates of the Lowcountry: What were pirates doing the in the waters of the Lowcountry before the Revolutionary War?  Who were they?

February 20 - 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.

February 27 - The Story of MitchelvilleHear the story of the establishment of Mitchelville, the nation's first self-governed, freed slave village and the reasons why it should be remembered.

March 6 -  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.

March 13 - Cemeteries of Hilton Head IslandLearn about the 16 known cemeteries of Hilton Head Island in a PowerPoint presentation that contains pictures of the existing cemeteries. Learn about funeral customs as well as locations and directions if you would like to visit these cemeteries on your own. Each cemetery has its own story. 

March 20 - The Gullah People and CultureLearn 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.

March 27 - The Role of Women in the History and Development of Hilton Head Island, to 1950Follow the journey of the women who came first to Hilton Head Island. Their journeys tell about their strong commitments to this island and how they made life here stronger and better.  The role of women has changed through out history because of their commitment and dedication. This program begins with life before the Plantation Era and ends with the timber days of the early 1900s.

April 3 - 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.

April 10 - The Role of Women in the History and Development of Hilton Head Island, 1950 to Present: Follow the timbering era and resort development as they pertain to the women whose causes helped establish a way of life on Hilton Head Island. Their decisions--from the home, to the environment, to the Arts, to the town---made living on Hilton Head Island more welcoming. This program ends when the journey becomes the current history.

April 17 - Native Americans of the Port Royal Sound Area: Learn how these tribes migrated and survived throughout this region. Understand their similarities and their differences while learning about their characteristics and lifestyles.

April 24 - Native Americans of South Carolina: Journey in a full circle around South Carolina. Learn all the tribes that traveled and settled in the Northern, Eastern, Western, and Southern parts of the state. Discuss how these tribes functioned within their communities, and how they joined other tribe. Understand how their locations defined them.