Friday, December 30, 2011

Save The Date! May 25, 2012

Jean Ribaut 450th commemoration May 25,2012--SAVE THE DATE

The Jean Ribaut 450th commemoration will be May 25,2012 on Parris Island, SC.

The basic plan is in motion...more details as they become available!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Discovering Dave

The Savannah River Archaeological Research Program (SRARP) is a division of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology (SCIAA) at the University of South Carolina (USC). The SRARP is located on the Savannah River Site (SRS) and manages the cultural resources for the United States Department of Energy (DOE).

This trailer highlights the upcoming documentary on the slave potter Dave. It will focus on the archaeological excavation of a stoneware vessel created by Dave. It will also include interviews with historians, artists, and authors discussing Dave's life and the time he lived in. Finally, the documentary will share what plans the SRARP has for the future of this important artifact.

For more information please contact SRARP.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

December 8: Bubba Von Harten to speak to Beaufort County Historical Society

Bubba Von Harten to speak to Beaufort County Historical Society, Dec. 8th

Beaufort County Historical Society is pleased to present long time Beaufort County Historical Society member and former Treasurer, Bubba VonHarten, who will discuss his new book Little Geech: A Shrimper's Story at the society's meeting on Dec. 8th.

The meetings will be held at noon at the Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club, Meridian Rd., Beaufort, SC. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend at no charge.

Vonhaten was born in Beaufort in 1930, joined the Air Force and helped create a shrimping heritage that's nearly "legendary along the coast of SC." His fun biography is an easy read for anyone interested in shrimping, the Low Country or just local name dropping (just enough to make it interesting but not incriminating, isn't that really what we want to read?)

Please RSVP to Pamela Ovens 843-785-2767 by Dec. 5th at 5 pm for an optional light lunch catered by Debbi Covington will be served at 11:30 for $10.

Upcoming Events:
Feb. 9th, Joseph McGill will speak on the 54th Mass. presented by SC Humanities Council.

The Beaufort County Historical Society is the oldest association in Beaufort County dedicated to the study and preservation of history. A member based organization, the society was established in 1939.
For further information contact: Pamela Ovens-President or call 843-785-2767

December 8: Author discusses new book which claims Blackbeard is an SC Lowcountry native

North Carolina Historian, Writer and Filmaker Kevin Duffus will talk about his book, The Last Days of Black Beard, on Thursday, December 8 at 6 pm at the Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon on 122 East Bay St. in Charleston.

Duffus discussed the upcoming talk, and his theory that Blackbeard was not from Bristol, England, but in fact from Goose Creek, SC, in an article in yesterday's Post and Courier.

According to the article, "almost everything we know about the origins of the famous pirate Blackbeard comes from a seven-word phrase in an 18th-century book: 'Edward Teach was a Bristol man born.'"

Duffus disputes that theory, arguing that it made no sense that a man from Bristol name his ship -- the Queen Anne's Revenge -- for a Stuart monarch, or have a crew largely from the colonies or be "so solicitous of Stede Bonnet, a Barbadian pirate he allegedly had just met."

Duffus theorizes that Blackbeard was Edward 'Black' Beard, a son of Captain James Beard, and was likely born at Goose Creek sometime around 1690.

Duffus will detail his evidence during his December 8 talk, and while he still hopes for some evidence that proves his theory conclusively, he admits it's a longshot.

You can read the full Post and Courier article here

If you go:
What: Kevin Duffus talks about his book on the final days of Blackbeard

When: 6 p.m. Thursday, December 8

Where: Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon, 122 East Bay St.

Cost: Free, but a $3 donation is requested