Celebrating 77 Years In 2016
                        The Beaufort County Historical Society
Author Charlie Ryan will speak at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club on September 22 , 2016 about the new sought-after book, My Life with Charles Fraser. A light lunch will be served at 11:30am followed by the presentation at 12:00noon. The lunch will be $10.00 and reservations for the lunch only should be made by Monday, September 19 by emailing Linda Hoffman at lindahof@earthlink.net. The book will be for sale and 15% of the proceeds will go to Beaufort County Historical Society. The book's publisher is board member Pamela Martin Ovens. 

The Beaufort County Historical Society has the privilege of hosting the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies’ Landmark Conference, Wednesday, March 23 through Friday, March 25, 2016 in Beaufort, South Carolina. Beaufort is located on Port Royal Island, in the heart of the Sea Islands and the South Carolina Lowcountry. Founded in 1711, Beaufort is South Carolina’s second oldest city. Beaufort County is renowned for its scenic location and historic character. Our rich cultural heritage is preserved in our 304-acre National Historic Landmark District as well as throughout Beaufort County.

Enclosed please find the conference schedule, a description of the tour destinations, and the registration form. Please feel free to make as many copies as you need for the members of your local historical society and anyone else you think may like to participate in the conference.  Visit this web site of the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies to fill out the forms.  Thank you.  http://www.palmettohistory.org/confederation/2016RegistrationPacket.pdf

Sonny Bishop will speak at our Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at noon.  He will talk about his book, A Place Called Home, that he wrote with his daughter, Elizabeth Bishop Later.  An optional light lunch will be served at 11:30am.  Email Linda Hoffman for reservations for lunch at lindahof@earthlink.net.
Carolyn Curry will be the speaker for our meeting on March 26, 2015 at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club on Meridian Road on Lady's Island.  An optional light lunch will be served by Debbi Covington at 11:30 a.m. for $10.00 by an RSVP to Linda Hoffman at lindahof@earthlink.net.  Ms. Curry will speak about her book, Suffer and Grow Strong.  She will have books available for purchase and signing.  This event if free and open to the public with the meeting beginning at 12:00 noon.

The Beaufort County Historical Society and the Governor Paul Hamilton Chapter of the Sons of the American
Revolution will partner to present " The Revolutionary War Battle of Port Royal Island", by Thomas J. Mikell.  The
meeting will take place Friday, February 20, 2015 at the Tavern at Royal Pines at the Ladys Island Country Club.
139 Francis Marion Circle, Beaufort, SC  29907  843-522-9700.

Mr. Mikell was born on Parris Island, graduated from the Citadel in 1964 with a BA in History.  The DAR presented
him with the Francis Marion Cup in 1964 for the highest grades in history during his four years.  An avid reader,
Mr. Mikell is a lifelong student of history with particular interest in our Constitution and the American Colonial period.

The lunch lecture will begin at 11:30 a.m. with a $10.00 Dutch Treat luncheon and the meeting will begin at noon.
The talk will continue for 45 minutes followed by a Sons of the Revolution Meeting which you are free to attend.
This event is free and ope to the public.  Please, RSVP to Linda Hoffman at lindahof@earthlink.net no later than
Tuesday, February 17 at 5:00 p.m.  Thank you.

The Society had a marvelous performance of Jubilee of Freedom South of the Broad at Coligny TheatreJanuary 24, 2015 at 1:00pm.  Thank you all who participated and attended.
Dr. Amy McCandless, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of History of the College of Charleston,
will speak on the Grimké Sisters, Angelina and Sarah, in the photo above.
 Thursday, March 20, 2014, at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club
30 Yacht Club Drive, Beaufort, SC.
The sisters were born in Charleston, South Carolina and became abolitionists for civil rights and
women's rights. 
An optional light lunch will be served at 11:30 followed by speaker at 12:00 noon.
Please RSVP for lunch to Linda Hoffman, 843-54-3634 or hoffman@earthlink.net.
This event is free and open to the public.

The Beaufort County Historical Society Presents a Free Lecture

Gate of Hell:  The 1863 Campaign for Charleston Harbor

July 18, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. 

at the USCB Center for the Arts

801 Carteret Street in Beaufort

Drs. Stephen Wise and Lawrence Rowland will present the Campaign for Charleston for which Beaufort and Hilton Head Island served as the Federal Army and Navy's logistical and medical center.  The summer of 1863 witnessed three massive campaigns that sharply affected the outcome of the Civil War.  These campaigns were Gettysburg, Vicksburg and Charleston.  The attack on Charleston, which originated form the Beaufort, Port Royal and Hilton Head Island areas, introduced a new era in the science of engineering and gunnery.  It involved extensive use of ironclad vessels as a combined northern army/navy task force tried to sweet the Confederates off Morris island and capture Battery Wagner.  It involved Confederate Generals P.T.G. Beauregard, Ambrosio Gonzales and Beaufort natives Stephen Elliott and Alfred Rhett.  The campaign was a major testing ground for African American troops including the 54th Massachusetts.  One British officer considered the Battle of Morris Island to be the war's most important campaign.  Please plan to attend this special evening recalling history 150 years ago.  It is Free and Open to the Public.  For more information call Mary Lou Brewton, President at 912-604-3634.