Historic Bike Tour
Feb
20
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Bike Tour

Learn about Hilton Head Island's history of Native Americans, Civil War, Reconstruction, Fishing and Farming and the Gullah Culture.  

Meet at the Hilton Head Island Community Park, 137 Squire Pope Road (Sailing and Rowing Center). Bring your own bike. Helmets required.  

Admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child (ages 10 and up only) with your own bikes, or $25 per adult and $20 per child if we provide the bikes.

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Mackiev Family Tree Maker 2017 is Here! So Get With the Program!
Feb
20
12:30 PM12:30

Mackiev Family Tree Maker 2017 is Here! So Get With the Program!

Presented by Carol Clemens
Heritage Library Member

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Class location: 2 Corpus Christi, Hilton Head Island

Are you researching and saving your info on scraps of paper, posting your tree on-line at Ancestry.com, or doing nothing with your research? If so, this class if for you! None of the above will allow you to prepare, print out, or easily share a nice, polished, genealogy product. You need genealogy software such as Mackiev’s Family Tree Maker 2017. Topics covered include the following:

Basics of entering data; linking data for various individuals in a family; adding photos; understanding the various views; adding on-line info directly to the tree without retyping or copying it; basics of preparing, printing, and sharing basic charts and reports. There will be examples displayed of what you can create with this powerful software.  The class also is appropriate for those who are not using any software and are trying to decide what to use. 

Requirements: While you may bring your laptop, you will be asked to close down before the class starts.  You will get lost and unfairly slow down the class if you are trying to actually do the tasks while they are being covered.

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Tour Historic Fort Mitchel
Feb
21
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Historic Fort Mitchel

Tour this historic Civil War earthwork battery with an experienced guide.

Fort Mitchell is located inside Hilton Head Plantation at 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926. When entering the plantation, please ask the guard for a pass to Fort Mitchel. The guard will ask for a valid ID. 

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry. Tours are held every Thursday at 10AM.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

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BEAUFORT: HeritageQuest
Feb
21
1:00 PM13:00

BEAUFORT: HeritageQuest

  • Heritage Library Beaufort Branch (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Heritage Quest is a family history database that includes some of what Ancestry has to offer and more. It includes direct links to: wills and probates; immigration records; public records; Revolutionary War Pensions; Freedman's Bank records; historical maps, and Land Records. It can be accessible from outside the library for premier members as well as new/renewed members of the HL after September 1st. Come see what this program has to offer!

Presented by Susan Dobbs
Heritage Library Volunteer

$12 for Heritage Library members; $15 for non-members

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Zion Living History Tours
Feb
22
10:00 AM10:00

Zion Living History Tours

  • Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Historic Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hear an on-site presentation about the oldest existing building on the island and the planter's antebellum church and cemetery. Meet one of the "residents" of the cemetery who will tell you about their life on Hilton Head Island. Tours held Fridays at 10am.

Located at the corner of Mathews Drive and William Hilton Parkway.  Access from Mathews Drive. Entry tickets are required.

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

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General Mitchel and Reconstruction
Feb
26
10:30 AM10:30

General Mitchel and Reconstruction

Presented by Lou Benfante
History Department Chair

Tuesday, February 26, 2019
10:30am - 12:00pm
Class location: 2 Corpus Christi, Hilton Head Island

The name of General Ormsby Mitchel lives on through two island sites that were named for him: Fort Mitchel and Mitchelville, the community he founded for slaves that had not yet been emancipated.  Learn about the man behind the name, his early life and military career, and how his legacy impacted the era of Reconstruction.

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Historic Bike Tour
Feb
27
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Bike Tour

Learn about Hilton Head Island's history of Native Americans, Civil War, Reconstruction, Fishing and Farming and the Gullah Culture.  

Meet at the Hilton Head Island Community Park, 137 Squire Pope Road (Sailing and Rowing Center). Bring your own bike. Helmets required.  

Admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child (ages 10 and up only) with your own bikes, or $25 per adult and $20 per child if we provide the bikes.

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Tour Historic Fort Mitchel
Feb
28
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Historic Fort Mitchel

Tour this historic Civil War earthwork battery with an experienced guide.

Fort Mitchell is located inside Hilton Head Plantation at 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926. When entering the plantation, please ask the guard for a pass to Fort Mitchel. The guard will ask for a valid ID. 

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry. Tours are held every Thursday at 10AM.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

OR

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Zion Living History Tours
Mar
1
10:00 AM10:00

Zion Living History Tours

  • Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Historic Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hear an on-site presentation about the oldest existing building on the island and the planter's antebellum church and cemetery. Meet one of the "residents" of the cemetery who will tell you about their life on Hilton Head Island. Tours held Fridays at 10am.

Located at the corner of Mathews Drive and William Hilton Parkway.  Access from Mathews Drive. Entry tickets are required.

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

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Sea Pines 1950-1983
Mar
5
10:30 AM10:30

Sea Pines 1950-1983

Presented by Rich Thomas
Heritage Library Board Member

Tuesday, March 5, 2019
10:30am - 12:00pm
Class location: 2 Corpus Christi, Hilton Head Island

The modern era of Hilton Head Island’s history began when Charles Fraser began developing Sea Pines from timber land owned by his family. Learn about how our island’s destiny was shaped by the Fraser’s vision from those early days up to the incorporation of the Town of Hilton Head in 1983.

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Historic Bike Tour
Mar
6
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Bike Tour

Learn about Hilton Head Island's history of Native Americans, Civil War, Reconstruction, Fishing and Farming and the Gullah Culture.  

Meet at the Hilton Head Island Community Park, 137 Squire Pope Road (Sailing and Rowing Center). Bring your own bike. Helmets required.  

Admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child (ages 10 and up only) with your own bikes, or $25 per adult and $20 per child if we provide the bikes.

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HeritageQuest Online
Mar
6
12:30 PM12:30

HeritageQuest Online

Presented by Susan Dobbs
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, March 6, 2019
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Class location: USCB Hilton Head Island Campus

Heritage Quest is a family history database that includes some of what Ancestry has to offer and more.  It includes direct links to:  wills and probates, immigration records, public records, Revolutionary War Pensions, Freedman’s Bank records, historical maps, and Land Records.  For Heritage Library premier members as well as new/renewed members after September 1st, it can be accessed from outside the library.  Some see what this program has to offer.



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Tour Historic Fort Mitchel
Mar
7
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Historic Fort Mitchel

Tour this historic Civil War earthwork battery with an experienced guide.

Fort Mitchell is located inside Hilton Head Plantation at 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926. When entering the plantation, please ask the guard for a pass to Fort Mitchel. The guard will ask for a valid ID. 

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry. Tours are held every Thursday at 10AM.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

OR

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BEAUFORT: Irish Genealogy
Mar
7
1:00 PM13:00

BEAUFORT: Irish Genealogy

Tracing your Irish and Scots Irish ancestors can be exhausting and frustrating but the 'hunt' can lead to exciting discoveries along the way. We will cover topics such as: land divisions and the importance of discovering your ancestor's "townland"; the 1901 & 1911 census, 19th century fragments and pre-1800 census substitutes; Griffith's Valuation and tithe applotment books; the Ulster Plantation; where and how to access church, civil and workhouse records; on-line records, websites and the resources available in Ireland at PRONI and the National Archives of Ireland. We will end with shared stories and knowledge/insights gained from your research. Come join us and celebrate your Irish heritage!

Presented by Barbara Friis
Heritage Library Volunteer

$12 for Heritage Library members; $15 for non-members

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Zion Living History Tours
Mar
8
10:00 AM10:00

Zion Living History Tours

  • Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Historic Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hear an on-site presentation about the oldest existing building on the island and the planter's antebellum church and cemetery. Meet one of the "residents" of the cemetery who will tell you about their life on Hilton Head Island. Tours held Fridays at 10am.

Located at the corner of Mathews Drive and William Hilton Parkway.  Access from Mathews Drive. Entry tickets are required.

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

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Cemeteries of Hilton Head Island
Mar
12
10:30 AM10:30

Cemeteries of Hilton Head Island

Presented by Kathy Smith
Heritage Library Volunteer

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
10:30am - 12:00pm
Class location: 2 Corpus Christi, Hilton Head Island

Every cemetery tells a story, and the 16 known cemeteries on Hilton Head Island each provide a glimpse into the lives of the people who once called the island home. During this educational PowerPoint presentation, you’ll learn their history and where they are located so you can explore on your own.

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Historic Bike Tour
Mar
13
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Bike Tour

Learn about Hilton Head Island's history of Native Americans, Civil War, Reconstruction, Fishing and Farming and the Gullah Culture.  

Meet at the Hilton Head Island Community Park, 137 Squire Pope Road (Sailing and Rowing Center). Bring your own bike. Helmets required.  

Admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child (ages 10 and up only) with your own bikes, or $25 per adult and $20 per child if we provide the bikes.

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Tour Historic Fort Mitchel
Mar
14
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Historic Fort Mitchel

Tour this historic Civil War earthwork battery with an experienced guide.

Fort Mitchell is located inside Hilton Head Plantation at 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926. When entering the plantation, please ask the guard for a pass to Fort Mitchel. The guard will ask for a valid ID. 

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry. Tours are held every Thursday at 10AM.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

OR

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Zion Living History Tours
Mar
15
10:00 AM10:00

Zion Living History Tours

  • Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Historic Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hear an on-site presentation about the oldest existing building on the island and the planter's antebellum church and cemetery. Meet one of the "residents" of the cemetery who will tell you about their life on Hilton Head Island. Tours held Fridays at 10am.

Located at the corner of Mathews Drive and William Hilton Parkway.  Access from Mathews Drive. Entry tickets are required.

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

OR

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Historic Bike Tour
Mar
20
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Bike Tour

Learn about Hilton Head Island's history of Native Americans, Civil War, Reconstruction, Fishing and Farming and the Gullah Culture.  

Meet at the Hilton Head Island Community Park, 137 Squire Pope Road (Sailing and Rowing Center). Bring your own bike. Helmets required.  

Admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child (ages 10 and up only) with your own bikes, or $25 per adult and $20 per child if we provide the bikes.

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Autosomal DNA - Make the Most of Your Results
Mar
20
12:30 PM12:30

Autosomal DNA - Make the Most of Your Results

Presented by Jan Alpert
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, March 20, 2019
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Class location: 2 Corpus Christi, Hilton Head Island

Have you tested your autosomal DNA:  Learn how to make the most of your results!

If you have tested your autosomal DNA with Ancestry, Family Tree DNA, or 23andme, this lecture is for you.  Jan Alpert will review all three websites with suggestions for contacting cousins and analyzing your DNA results.  She will also show you how to download your results to www.gedmatch.com and find matches from the other sites with whom you have not tested.  She will provide examples of triangulation or "circles" on Ancestry and how those are your most important matches.  The course is for people who have already tested their autosomal DNA.

$15 for Members; $20 for Non-Members

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Tour Historic Fort Mitchel
Mar
21
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Historic Fort Mitchel

Tour this historic Civil War earthwork battery with an experienced guide.

Fort Mitchell is located inside Hilton Head Plantation at 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926. When entering the plantation, please ask the guard for a pass to Fort Mitchel. The guard will ask for a valid ID. 

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry. Tours are held every Thursday at 10AM.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

OR

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Zion Living History Tours
Mar
22
10:00 AM10:00

Zion Living History Tours

  • Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Historic Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hear an on-site presentation about the oldest existing building on the island and the planter's antebellum church and cemetery. Meet one of the "residents" of the cemetery who will tell you about their life on Hilton Head Island. Tours held Fridays at 10am.

Located at the corner of Mathews Drive and William Hilton Parkway.  Access from Mathews Drive. Entry tickets are required.

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

OR

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The Role of Women in the History and Development of Hilton Head Island, to 1950
Mar
26
10:30 AM10:30

The Role of Women in the History and Development of Hilton Head Island, to 1950

Presented by Dee Phillips
History Department Co-Chair

Tuesday, March 26, 2019
10:30am - 12:00pm
Class location: 2 Corpus Christi, Hilton Head Island

Follow 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.

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Historic Bike Tour
Mar
27
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Bike Tour

Learn about Hilton Head Island's history of Native Americans, Civil War, Reconstruction, Fishing and Farming and the Gullah Culture.  

Meet at the Hilton Head Island Community Park, 137 Squire Pope Road (Sailing and Rowing Center). Bring your own bike. Helmets required.  

Admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child (ages 10 and up only) with your own bikes, or $25 per adult and $20 per child if we provide the bikes.

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Tour Historic Fort Mitchel
Mar
28
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Historic Fort Mitchel

Tour this historic Civil War earthwork battery with an experienced guide.

Fort Mitchell is located inside Hilton Head Plantation at 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926. When entering the plantation, please ask the guard for a pass to Fort Mitchel. The guard will ask for a valid ID. 

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry. Tours are held every Thursday at 10AM.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

OR

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Zion Living History Tours
Mar
29
10:00 AM10:00

Zion Living History Tours

  • Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Historic Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hear an on-site presentation about the oldest existing building on the island and the planter's antebellum church and cemetery. Meet one of the "residents" of the cemetery who will tell you about their life on Hilton Head Island. Tours held Fridays at 10am.

Located at the corner of Mathews Drive and William Hilton Parkway.  Access from Mathews Drive. Entry tickets are required.

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

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The Role of Women in the History and Development of Hilton Head Island, 1950 to Present
Apr
2
10:30 AM10:30

The Role of Women in the History and Development of Hilton Head Island, 1950 to Present

Presented by Kathy Smith
Heritage Library Volunteer

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
10:30am - 12:00pm
Class location: 2 Corpus Christi, Hilton Head Island

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.

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Historic Bike Tour
Apr
3
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Bike Tour

Learn about Hilton Head Island's history of Native Americans, Civil War, Reconstruction, Fishing and Farming and the Gullah Culture.  

Meet at the Hilton Head Island Community Park, 137 Squire Pope Road (Sailing and Rowing Center). Bring your own bike. Helmets required.  

Admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child (ages 10 and up only) with your own bikes, or $25 per adult and $20 per child if we provide the bikes.

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Tour Historic Fort Mitchel
Apr
4
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Historic Fort Mitchel

Tour this historic Civil War earthwork battery with an experienced guide.

Fort Mitchell is located inside Hilton Head Plantation at 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926. When entering the plantation, please ask the guard for a pass to Fort Mitchel. The guard will ask for a valid ID. 

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry. Tours are held every Thursday at 10AM.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

OR

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Zion Living History Tours
Apr
5
10:00 AM10:00

Zion Living History Tours

  • Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Historic Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hear an on-site presentation about the oldest existing building on the island and the planter's antebellum church and cemetery. Meet one of the "residents" of the cemetery who will tell you about their life on Hilton Head Island. Tours held Fridays at 10am.

Located at the corner of Mathews Drive and William Hilton Parkway.  Access from Mathews Drive. Entry tickets are required.

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

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Pedro Menendez, "The Last Crusader"
Apr
9
10:30 AM10:30

Pedro Menendez, "The Last Crusader"

Presented by Rich Thomas
Heritage Library Board Member

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
10:30am - 12:00pm
Class location: USCB Hilton Head Island Campus

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.

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Historic Bike Tour
Apr
10
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Bike Tour

Learn about Hilton Head Island's history of Native Americans, Civil War, Reconstruction, Fishing and Farming and the Gullah Culture.  

Meet at the Hilton Head Island Community Park, 137 Squire Pope Road (Sailing and Rowing Center). Bring your own bike. Helmets required.  

Admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child (ages 10 and up only) with your own bikes, or $25 per adult and $20 per child if we provide the bikes.

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Tour Historic Fort Mitchel
Apr
11
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Historic Fort Mitchel

Tour this historic Civil War earthwork battery with an experienced guide.

Fort Mitchell is located inside Hilton Head Plantation at 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926. When entering the plantation, please ask the guard for a pass to Fort Mitchel. The guard will ask for a valid ID. 

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry. Tours are held every Thursday at 10AM.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

OR

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Zion Living History Tours
Apr
12
10:00 AM10:00

Zion Living History Tours

  • Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Historic Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hear an on-site presentation about the oldest existing building on the island and the planter's antebellum church and cemetery. Meet one of the "residents" of the cemetery who will tell you about their life on Hilton Head Island. Tours held Fridays at 10am.

Located at the corner of Mathews Drive and William Hilton Parkway.  Access from Mathews Drive. Entry tickets are required.

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

OR

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Historic Bike Tour
Apr
17
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Bike Tour

Learn about Hilton Head Island's history of Native Americans, Civil War, Reconstruction, Fishing and Farming and the Gullah Culture.  

Meet at the Hilton Head Island Community Park, 137 Squire Pope Road (Sailing and Rowing Center). Bring your own bike. Helmets required.  

Admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child (ages 10 and up only) with your own bikes, or $25 per adult and $20 per child if we provide the bikes.

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Tour Historic Fort Mitchel
Apr
18
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Historic Fort Mitchel

Tour this historic Civil War earthwork battery with an experienced guide.

Fort Mitchell is located inside Hilton Head Plantation at 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926. When entering the plantation, please ask the guard for a pass to Fort Mitchel. The guard will ask for a valid ID. 

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry. Tours are held every Thursday at 10AM.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

OR

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Zion Living History Tours
Apr
19
10:00 AM10:00

Zion Living History Tours

  • Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Historic Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hear an on-site presentation about the oldest existing building on the island and the planter's antebellum church and cemetery. Meet one of the "residents" of the cemetery who will tell you about their life on Hilton Head Island. Tours held Fridays at 10am.

Located at the corner of Mathews Drive and William Hilton Parkway.  Access from Mathews Drive. Entry tickets are required.

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

OR

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Historic Bike Tour
Apr
24
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Bike Tour

Learn about Hilton Head Island's history of Native Americans, Civil War, Reconstruction, Fishing and Farming and the Gullah Culture.  

Meet at the Hilton Head Island Community Park, 137 Squire Pope Road (Sailing and Rowing Center). Bring your own bike. Helmets required.  

Admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child (ages 10 and up only) with your own bikes, or $25 per adult and $20 per child if we provide the bikes.

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Tour Historic Fort Mitchel
Apr
25
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Historic Fort Mitchel

Tour this historic Civil War earthwork battery with an experienced guide.

Fort Mitchell is located inside Hilton Head Plantation at 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926. When entering the plantation, please ask the guard for a pass to Fort Mitchel. The guard will ask for a valid ID. 

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry. Tours are held every Thursday at 10AM.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

OR

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Zion Living History Tours
Apr
26
10:00 AM10:00

Zion Living History Tours

  • Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Historic Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hear an on-site presentation about the oldest existing building on the island and the planter's antebellum church and cemetery. Meet one of the "residents" of the cemetery who will tell you about their life on Hilton Head Island. Tours held Fridays at 10am.

Located at the corner of Mathews Drive and William Hilton Parkway.  Access from Mathews Drive. Entry tickets are required.

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

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Free African American Research Day
Feb
18
10:00 AM10:00

Free African American Research Day

Monday, February 18, 2019
10:00am - 3:00pm
Class location: 2 Corpus Christi, Hilton Head Island

Join Gullah Celebration and Heritage Library for a full day of African American Ancestry Research!

FREE and Open to Everyone

  • Review research on the history of the people who lived here before, during and after the Civil Ar.

  • Work one-on-one with expertly trained volunteers in the world of Ancestry Research. 

  • Gain access to online resources - at no charge! 

This event is free to anyone looking to gain more information about African American Ancestry Research.

Please sign up to ensure enough volunteers are available

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Zion Living History Tours
Feb
15
10:00 AM10:00

Zion Living History Tours

  • Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Historic Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hear an on-site presentation about the oldest existing building on the island and the planter's antebellum church and cemetery. Meet one of the "residents" of the cemetery who will tell you about their life on Hilton Head Island. Tours held Fridays at 10am.

Located at the corner of Mathews Drive and William Hilton Parkway.  Access from Mathews Drive. Entry tickets are required.

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

OR

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BEAUFORT: Autosomal DNA - Make the Most of Your Results
Feb
14
1:00 PM13:00

BEAUFORT: Autosomal DNA - Make the Most of Your Results

  • Heritage Library Beaufort Branch (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Have you tested your autosomal DNA? Learn how to make the most of your results!

If you have tested your autosomal DNA with Ancestry, Family Tree DNA, or 23andme, this lecture is for you. Jan Alpert will review all three websites with suggestions for contacting cousins and analyzing your DNA results. She will also show you how to download your results to www.gedmatch.com and find matches from the other sites with whom you have not tested. She will provide examples of triangulation or "circles" on Ancestry and how those are your most important matches. The course is for people who have already tested their autosomal DNA.

Presented by Jan Alpert
Heritage Library Volunteer

$12 for Heritage Library members; $15 for non-members

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Tour Historic Fort Mitchel
Feb
14
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Historic Fort Mitchel

Tour this historic Civil War earthwork battery with an experienced guide.

Fort Mitchell is located inside Hilton Head Plantation at 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926. When entering the plantation, please ask the guard for a pass to Fort Mitchel. The guard will ask for a valid ID. 

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry. Tours are held every Thursday at 10AM.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

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Beginning Family Research
Feb
13
12:30 PM12:30

Beginning Family Research

Presented by Joyce Kelleher
Heritage Library Volunteer

Wednesday, February 13, 2019
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Class location: 2 Corpus Christi, Hilton Head Island

Newcomers to the fascinating field of genealogy will learn research techniques to start and develop their family trees. Topics include how to start tracing your roots, where to find information, what pitfalls to avoid, developing good research habits, and preserving your work. The course is also of value for those with limited experience who want to refresh their skills. Handouts will be given to assist participants in their research.

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Historic Bike Tour
Feb
13
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Bike Tour

Learn about Hilton Head Island's history of Native Americans, Civil War, Reconstruction, Fishing and Farming and the Gullah Culture.  

Meet at the Hilton Head Island Community Park, 137 Squire Pope Road (Sailing and Rowing Center). Bring your own bike. Helmets required.  

Admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child (ages 10 and up only) with your own bikes, or $25 per adult and $20 per child if we provide the bikes.

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The Gullah People and Culture
Feb
12
10:30 AM10:30

The Gullah People and Culture

Presented by Dee Phillips
History Department Co-Chair

Tuesday, February 12, 2019
10:30am - 12:00pm
Class location: 2 Corpus Christi, Hilton Head Island

Brought to the island as slaves, the Gullah people created their own vibrant culture and language in relative isolation from the outside world. Learn about their traditions, how the Gullah culture has survived, and what is being done to preserve it for future generations.

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Zion Living History Tours
Feb
8
10:00 AM10:00

Zion Living History Tours

  • Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Historic Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hear an on-site presentation about the oldest existing building on the island and the planter's antebellum church and cemetery. Meet one of the "residents" of the cemetery who will tell you about their life on Hilton Head Island. Tours held Fridays at 10am.

Located at the corner of Mathews Drive and William Hilton Parkway.  Access from Mathews Drive. Entry tickets are required.

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

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BEAUFORT: African American Genealogy
Feb
7
1:00 PM13:00

BEAUFORT: African American Genealogy

  • Heritage Library Beaufort Branch (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This class is designed to offer techniques and resources of special interest to those researching African-American family history. The class begins by describing the methods basic to all family research regardless of ethnicity. It then offers suggestions for moving beyond the 1870 brick wall which complicates most African American research. Examples will highlight resources found in Beaufort County but will be of value to anyone looking for African-American ancestors as the nation celebrates African American History Month this February!

Presented by Amanda Hughes

$12 for Heritage Library members; $15 for non-members

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Tour Historic Fort Mitchel
Feb
7
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Historic Fort Mitchel

Tour this historic Civil War earthwork battery with an experienced guide.

Fort Mitchell is located inside Hilton Head Plantation at 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926. When entering the plantation, please ask the guard for a pass to Fort Mitchel. The guard will ask for a valid ID. 

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry. Tours are held every Thursday at 10AM.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

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Don’t Just Wander! Tips for Better Searching
Feb
6
12:30 PM12:30

Don’t Just Wander! Tips for Better Searching

Presented by Carol Clemens
Heritage Library Member

Wednesday, February 6, 2019
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Class location: 2 Corpus Christi, Hilton Head Island

Do you enter a name into Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org and just hope to find something? Do you know how to effectively use Google for genealogy research? This class focuses on some ways to improve your chances of finding what you need using search engines so you do not just wander. Special emphasis will be on using Ancestry.com powerful search and Google, but the tips are also applicable to other search engines.

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Historic Bike Tour
Feb
6
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Bike Tour

Learn about Hilton Head Island's history of Native Americans, Civil War, Reconstruction, Fishing and Farming and the Gullah Culture.  

Meet at the Hilton Head Island Community Park, 137 Squire Pope Road (Sailing and Rowing Center). Bring your own bike. Helmets required.  

Admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child (ages 10 and up only) with your own bikes, or $25 per adult and $20 per child if we provide the bikes.

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The Story of Santa Elena
Feb
5
10:30 AM10:30

The Story of Santa Elena

Presented by Rich Thomas
Heritage Library Board Member

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
10:30am - 12:00pm
Class location: 2 Corpus Christi, Hilton Head Island

At the crossroads of Colonial America, Santa Elena has witnessed the march of history. Founded in 1566 before Jamestown or Plymouth, this little-known settlement served as the first beachhead for French and Spanish colonization of the new world. Its story mirrors that of early America; its religion, geopolitics, cultural clashes, war and struggles.

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Zion Living History Tours
Feb
1
10:00 AM10:00

Zion Living History Tours

  • Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Historic Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hear an on-site presentation about the oldest existing building on the island and the planter's antebellum church and cemetery. Meet one of the "residents" of the cemetery who will tell you about their life on Hilton Head Island. Tours held Fridays at 10am.

Located at the corner of Mathews Drive and William Hilton Parkway.  Access from Mathews Drive. Entry tickets are required.

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

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BEAUFORT: Genealogy 101
Jan
31
1:00 PM13:00

BEAUFORT: Genealogy 101

  • Heritage Library Beaufort Branch (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

If you are just starting family research, this class is for you!  Some people have very specific reasons for tracing their family tree.  Others jump into family history research without giving it much thought.  Knowing why people research their ancestors can be a source of inspiration and support for genealogists…Genealogy can provide a doorway to the past.  This workshop introduces the first-time family researcher to the fascinating field of genealogy.  Its unique nomenclature, and suggested research technique and avenues.  It may also be of value to researchers with limited experience who wish to refresh their skills.

Presented by Amanda Hughes

$12 for Heritage Library members; $15 for non-members

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How to Use FamilySearch.org
Jan
30
12:30 PM12:30

How to Use FamilySearch.org

Presented by Shelley Block
Heritage Library Member

Wednesday, January 30, 2019
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Class location: 2 Corpus Christi, Hilton Head Island

FamilySearch.org is free, and is one of the most heavily used genealogy sites on the internet. Millions of the records on Family Search can’t be found in the normal Search function. You will be instructed how to access often overlooked genealogical records.

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Historic Sites of Hilton Head Island
Jan
29
10:30 AM10:30

Historic Sites of Hilton Head Island

Presented by Lou Benfante
History Department Chair

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
10:30am - 12:00pm
Class location: 2 Corpus Christi, 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 kiosk in Mitchelville Freedom 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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Special Event! Learn Spanish Genealogy From an Expert
Jan
9
9:00 AM09:00

Special Event! Learn Spanish Genealogy From an Expert

  • Palmetto Electric Community Building (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Learn Spanish Genealogy from a pro!

Lourdes del Pino is an Industrial Engineer with a Master’s degree in Management Engineering. She is also First vice-President of the Cuban Genealogy Club of Miami and a Florida Pioneer Descendant (Certified in 2014). She is a descendant of Juan de Junco and Juan Ramírez de Contreras, early settlers of Santa Elena, a mother of two, and an avid genealogist.

This is an all-day workshop covering research techniques and sources from the pre-1560 era to modern times. Attendees must have previous genealogy research experience.

Price is $25 for Heritage Library members, and $30 for non-members, and includes lunch.

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Battle of Ft. Pulaski
Nov
27
10:30 AM10:30

Battle of Ft. Pulaski

It was considered an impregnable fortress, guarding the entrance to Savannah’s harbor. But during the Battle of Fort Pulaski, Union Forces accomplished the impossible, forcing the surrender of the previously invincible fort. Here you’ll learn the tactics they used to achieve this unlikely victory.

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Historic Bike Tour
Nov
21
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Bike Tour

Learn about Hilton Head Island's history of Native Americans, Civil War, Reconstruction, Fishing and Farming and the Gullah Culture.  

Meet at the Hilton Head Island Community Park, 137 Squire Pope Road (Sailing and Rowing Center). Bring your own bike. Helmets required.  

Admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child (ages 10 and up only) with your own bikes, or $25 per adult and $20 per child if we provide the bikes.

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The Story of Santa Elena
Nov
20
10:30 AM10:30

The Story of Santa Elena

At the crossroads of Colonial America, Santa Elena has witnessed the march of history. Founded in 1566, before Jamestown or Plymouth, this little-known settlement served as the first capital for Spanish colonization of the new world. Its story mirrors that of early America; its religion, geopolitics, cultural clashes, war and struggles.

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Zion Living History Tours
Nov
16
10:00 AM10:00

Zion Living History Tours

  • Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Historic Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hear an on-site presentation about the oldest existing building on the island and the planter's antebellum church and cemetery. Meet one of the "residents" of the cemetery who will tell you about their life on Hilton Head Island. Tours held Fridays at 10am.

Located at the corner of Mathews Drive and William Hilton Parkway.  Access from Mathews Drive. Entry tickets are required.

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

OR

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Tour Historic Fort Mitchel
Nov
15
10:00 AM10:00

Tour Historic Fort Mitchel

Tour this historic Civil War earthwork battery with an experienced guide.

Fort Mitchell is located inside Hilton Head Plantation at 65 Skull Creek Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC, 29926. When entering the plantation, please ask the guard for a pass to Fort Mitchel. The guard will ask for a valid ID. 

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry. Tours are held every Thursday at 10AM.

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

OR

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Historic Bike Tour
Nov
14
10:00 AM10:00

Historic Bike Tour

Learn about Hilton Head Island's history of Native Americans, Civil War, Reconstruction, Fishing and Farming and the Gullah Culture.  

Meet at the Hilton Head Island Community Park, 137 Squire Pope Road (Sailing and Rowing Center). Bring your own bike. Helmets required.  

Admission is $15 per adult, $10 per child (ages 10 and up only) with your own bikes, or $25 per adult and $20 per child if we provide the bikes.

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General Mitchel and Reconstruction
Nov
13
10:30 AM10:30

General Mitchel and Reconstruction

The name of General Ormsby Mitchel lives on through two island sites that were named for him: Fort Mitchel and Mitchelville, the community he founded for slaves that had not yet been emancipated.  Learn about the man behind the name, his early life and military career, and how his legacy impacted the era of Reconstruction.

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Zion Living History Tours
Nov
9
10:00 AM10:00

Zion Living History Tours

  • Zion Cemetery & Baynard Mausoleum Historic Site (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Hear an on-site presentation about the oldest existing building on the island and the planter's antebellum church and cemetery. Meet one of the "residents" of the cemetery who will tell you about their life on Hilton Head Island. Tours held Fridays at 10am.

Located at the corner of Mathews Drive and William Hilton Parkway.  Access from Mathews Drive. Entry tickets are required.

Admission is $15 per adult and $10 per child ages 7-12. Ticket is required for entry. 

To register, call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 

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Heritage Library History Forum; The Revolutionary War in the Lowcountry
Nov
9
10:00 AM10:00

Heritage Library History Forum; The Revolutionary War in the Lowcountry

A Day-long forum presenting speakers (listed below) on topics pertaining to the archaeology and history of Beaufort County during the Revolutionary War

The admission fee of $65 includes

  • Continental breakfast

  • Snacks and beverages throughout the day

  • Buffet lunch

  • Lunchtime speaker, Rich Thomas, Heritage Library, The History of the 2nd Militia in the Beaufort District

  • Late afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres reception at Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery with opportunity to meet individually with conference speakers.

Speakers:

Dr. J. Brent Morris - Keynote Speaker: Associate Professor of History and Humanities Dept. Chair, University of South Carolina Beaufort; The Southern Campaign: The Conflict that Turned the Tide of the American Revolution

Jim Jordan - Author and History Lecturer; The Battles of Savannah, 1778 and 1779

Douglas W. Bostic - Executive Director and CEO of the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust; Purrysburg in the Revolutionary War: American Headquarters and Battlefield

Rich Thomas - Heritage Library Board Member and History Department Lecturer; The Beaufort District Militia and HHI’s Bloody Legion in the Revolution

David Reuwer - David works as an attorney and serves as Municipal Judge of the Town
of Elgin, but his avocation is to save and interpret Revolutionary War battlefields in the southern states, serving on the boards of the SC Battleground Preservation Trust and Historic Camden Foundation. The Battle of Port Royal Island

Dr. Donald Wright - Distinguished Teaching Professor of History, Emeritus, at SUNY-Cortland, where he taught African, African-American, and world history for 31 years. Slavery and the Slave Trade in the Lowcounytry during the Revolutionary War

Mr. Frank Genello - Master Craftsman and owner of the American Building Restoration Company; Restoration of the Baynard Mausoleum

Dr. Matt Sanger - Assistant Professor. Binghamton University; Archaeology Studies at the Zion Cemetery

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