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Beaufort History Museum Announces Renovation

Beaufort History Museum, which is located on the upper level of the arsenal on Craven Street in Beaufort’s historic district, is undergoing a complete renovation of its principal exhibit hall. The museum displays the City of Beaufort’s collections, which tell the remarkable 500–year-old history of the Beaufort District.

HW Exhibits, a Charleston-based exhibit design firm, has been retained to help write text, develop graphics, create a cohesive theme and fabricate interpretive exhibits based on the storylines, artifacts and photos that comprise the museum’s proprietary collection and support its mission of education.  Carol Poplin, HW Exhibits Director and Owner, is project leader.

Also on the museum’s “wish list” are plans for the exhibit hall to receive a fresh coat of paint and to undergo other repairs and improvements to the space.  Although the renovation has been a topic of discussion and research for several years, work actually began this year on the first phase of the renovation, which will be completed by late spring 2018.  The museum will remain open during the creative and implementation process but will close for a few weeks prior to completion to facilitate the exhibit installation.

The renovation is overseen and directed by the museum’s Exhibits Committee.  Members include Co-chairs Larry Koolkin and Anne Marie Reiley-Kay, Katherine Lang and Paul Keyserling with support from Mary Lou Brewton, Linda Irving and Phil Cromer.  Lawrence S. Rowland and Stephen R. Wise, co-authors of The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina and renowned authorities on Beaufort’s history, are the principal advisors.

Koolkin said HW Exhibits was chosen after reviewing the company’s impressive portfolio of work on peer museums, including the Santa Elena History Center and the Parris Island Museum.  The cost for the entire renovation is currently estimated to be  $ 250,000. The first phase of the renovation, which is already funded and now underway, will cost $100,000.  Work on the second phase of the project will begin in 2018 and will be paid for with funds from the museum’s escrow account, Accommodations Tax grants and through fundraising efforts.  A capital campaign is currently underway.

Koolkin said the renovation would take place in two phases with Phase I covering the initial planning, creative work, and selection of artifacts from the city’s collection, fabrication of storyboards and displays and installation.   Phase II will involve the installation of a central island with further displays and the implementations of interactive technologies to both enhance and expand the visitor experience.

Beaufort History Museum has evolved to focus specifically on the history of the Beaufort District. It strives to manage and display artifacts and documents held by the City of Beaufort, telling the compelling stories of this area from the early 16th Century until modern times.  The museum’s hours of operation are 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Saturday.

HW Exhibits is the exhibit design division of Brockington and Associates, heritage resources consulting firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. For more information visit the website at www.hwexhibits.com


Author John Kenny Featured at Moveable Feast

CLASS Publishing welcomes a new local author with a Moveable Feast book launch –  a family history. The book is currently available at Art Works in the Litchfield Exchange and Litchfield Books in Fresh Market Commons.

John Kenny, administrative coordinator of the Georgetown Innovation Center, will present A Very Special Family: The House of Joseph Thomas Raad at DeBordieu Colony Clubhouse Friday, Jan. 12, 2018 . The results of a five-year research project to capture the story of the Lebanese community in his adopted hometown, Kenny’s photo-rich history from 1895-2017 is an immigrant story to remind us of the shining hope the United States has been to past generations, as well as their pay-back and -forward in the contributions they have made. One Lebanese family, four immigrant sons, and the lasting impact they have made in Georgetown, South Carolina and throughout the state – this collection of vignettes is a touching tribute to the American dream. A Very Special Family is a 170-page hardcover with 90 photos, $24.95 plus tax.

Each Moveable Feast is  from 11 AM to 1 PM, featuring an hour-long presentation by the author, followed by lunch and a book signing. Following each feast, the author heads to Litchfield Books at 2 PM to sign books for those unable to attend the literary luncheon. To register for Moveable Feast, call 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.

CLASS Offers Two Retreats at Historic Sea View Inn

Women’s Weekend with Lee Brockington at Sea View Inn

For more than a decade, local treasure Lee Brockington has been celebrating history, ecology and sisterhood at the Sea View Inn twice a year. Join her at “girls camp,” Sunday, Nov. 5 to Tuesday, Nov. 7, eating Gullah meals prepared and served by Gullah women, and learning lessons of time and tide.

Talks on the front porch, back porch, deck and dock are complemented by walks on the beach and along the creek to enhance your understanding of Waccamaw Neck history and Pawleys Island ecology.

Plan to arrive for Sunday dinner at noon, depart after breakfast on Tuesday. Room, Lee, six meals and all gratuities included, $400, double occupancy, $450, single.

Space is limited. For reservations, call 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.


Expressive Seaside Healing: Soul Mosaic Retreat with Lisa Rosof at Sea View Inn.

From Tuesday, Nov. 7 to Thursday, Nov. 9, step out of the complexity of life to listen deeply to your body, heart and mind with the capable guidance of certified yoga therapist Lisa Rosof.

In this fertile and serene oceanfront atmosphere and with practical instruction and individual and group support, awareness sharpens, self-discovery and self-knowledge grow, creation and intuition artfully unfold.

The retreat offers periods of silence, leisurely beach and nature walks, mindfulness meditation, guided inquiry, gentle movement, soul mosaic creativity, heavenly seaside sleep and delicious Gullah meals from the best of Lowcountry cuisine. Arrive at 3 PM on Tuesday, depart after midday dinner on Thursday.

Space is limited. Room, workshop, six meals and all gratuities included, $400 double occupancy, $450 single. For reservations, call 843.235.9600 or ClassAtPawleys.com.