Beaufort ~ Researching African-American Ancestry at Santa Elena Center

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.
February 9, 2017 @ 1:30 pm –3:30 pm
Santa Elena History Center
1501 Bay St., Beaufort, SC 29902
Cost: $15.00  ($10.00 for Heritage Library Members)

Ridgeland ~ A Taste of Lowcountry Oyster History

Oyster farmer Olivia Young of May River Oyster Company presents a unique talk on the history of oysters in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, followed by an oyster tasting and refreshments.

Suggested donation of $5, members get it free! For more information visit Morris Heritage Center.

Hampton ~ Hampton Historical Society Lecture on Swamp Fox Frances Marion


Join the Hampton County Historical Society for some stories about the infamous “Swamp Fox” Frances Marion. Master storyteller, American Revolutionary War historian Charles Baxley will share the exciting tales, history and life story of this Revolutionary War hero.


A donation is suggested.



Hilton Head ~ Arts Center of Coastal Carolina: Leading Ladies

Set in the 1950s, Leading Ladies focuses on two English Shakespearean actors, Jack and Leo, who find their careers in a serious rut. They are currently performing “Scenes from Shakespeare” on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania. When they hear an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to two long lost English nephews, the actors resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. Hilarity ensues when it turns out the relatives are actually nieces and not nephews. Jack and Leo are not above passing themselves off as two English women to cash in on the would-be inheritance. Things get even more complicated when Leo falls madly in love with the old lady’s vivacious niece, Meg, who’s engaged to the local minister. Disastrous decisions make this upended comedy completely hilarious. Written by Ken Ludwig who also penned the wildly entertaining Lend Me a Tenor, Crazy for You, and Moon over Buffalo.

Performances are Tuesday-Saturday at 8 pm; Sundays at 2 pm; no performances on Mondays.