Beaufort History Museum announces Annual Meeting

09 Jan Beaufort History Museum announces Annual Meeting

BEAUFORT HISTORY MUSEUM

 

 

Contact:          Carla Marsh                                                    December 21, 2016

(561) 376-7651

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Carol Lauvray

(614) 975-4806

 

 

Beaufort History Museum Announces Annual Meeting

Members and Public Invited

 

            Beaufort, SC – December 21, 2016 – Museum members and the public are invited to attend the Annual Meeting of the Beaufort History Museum, Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the museum’s main hall on the second floor of The Arsenal, located at 713 Craven St.

 

At the meeting, milestones of the past year will be celebrated, including the opening in June of a special exhibit about the Reconstruction Era in Beaufort. Plans for 2017 also will be revealed, including details of an exciting project to completely renovate the museum’s main exhibit hall in the coming year. Current museum members will also vote on a slate of new Board of Directors nominees, which will have been presented to them in advance via email.

 

Nominees for the Board of Directors are:

 

  • Mary Lou Brewton – a founding board member of the Beaufort History Museum, she currently serves on the boards of the Beaufort County Historical Society, the Parris Island Historical and Museum Society and is a member of the Beaufort County Mayors’ Heritage Tourism Advisory Board.

 

  • Jeff Kidd – an award-winning journalist, writer and communications specialist with a career spanning 24 years with the Beaufort Gazette, The Island Packet and The State (Columbia), he is also a former board member of the Beaufort History Museum.

 

  • Major General (Retired) Harold L. “Mitch” Mitchell – a current board member of the Beaufort History Museum, he was a military officer and airline pilot. He serves on the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA.  He also serves on the Board of Advisors of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals.

 

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  • Annmarie Reiley-Kay – the Director of Programs and Exhibits for the Morris Center For Lowcountry Heritage in Ridgeland, SC, she is an experienced museum professional with expertise in collections management, exhibition design, museum programs and museum management.

 

Board President Carol Lauvray announced the meeting and also provided a preview of events sponsored by the museum that will take place in the coming months. Included are:

 

  • January – May, 2017:  Ongoing presentation of the popular History Lecture Series.  This series, produced in cooperation with the Beaufort County Library, has presented lectures on Beaufort District history, which have been filled to capacity.

 

  • March 3-5, 2017: The second annual weekend-long living history encampment in the Arsenal Courtyard featuring re-enactors in period dress.
  • May 10, 2017: The third annual Beaufort History Museum Tea, a fundraiser, to be held at the Dataw Island Club.

 

Refreshments to follow:

 

Following the annual meeting a reception featuring hors d’ oeuvres and wines will be held at 7 p.m. at the museum.

 

Those who wish to renew their museum memberships or to become new members, may do so at the meeting or via the museum’s website at www.beauforthistorymuseum.com.

 

The Beaufort History Museum, which was 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.