Public invited to Beaufort History Museum annual meeting

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Museum members and the public are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of Beaufort History Museum (BHM) at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 in the First Presbyterian Church on the corner of North and Church Streets.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for a Membership Reception to meet noted historian Dr. Lawrence Rowland, the speaker at the event who will present a talk on The Yamassee Wars.

Non-members will be charged a $10 admission fee, which can be waived by purchasing a Museum membership, available at All members and guests must register on the website with registration opening on Jan. 9.

At the meeting, milestones of the past year will be celebrated and plans for 2020 will be revealed, including a preview of Phase II of the renovation of the Museum’s main exhibit hall. Current Museum members also will vote on Board of Directors nominees. The slate will be presented to BHM members in advance of the annual meeting via email.

Upcoming events to be announced at the meeting include:

March 13-15, 2020: The Fifth Annual Living History Encampment in the Arsenal Courtyard featuring Civil War era re-enactors in period dress.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020: The 6th annual Beaufort History Museum Tea, a fundraiser, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, which will honor the history of Negro Spirituals on Beaufort’s Sea Islands during the Civil War era, to be held at the Dataw Island Club.

The Beaufort History Museum, founded in 1939, has evolved to focus specifically on the deep and rich 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.

For information on all events, visit or follow the Museum’s Facebook page.