Register today for special programs at the Santa Elena History Center

27 Oct Register today for special programs at the Santa Elena History Center

For Immediate Release October 19, 2021

Beaufort, SC – The Santa Elena Foundation is excited to announce unique opportunities for the general public to attend programs at the new Santa Elena History Center in downtown Beaufort.


Through the Programs page of the Santa Elena website (, the public can register for classes including a focus on archaeology, expeditions that stemmed from Santa Elena, the evolution of 16th century maps, Spanish wines and tapas tastings, or the kid-friendly “Camp Dig It,” just to name a few. There are a variety of interesting programs to choose from and the catalog is growing every day. Advance registration is encouraged as space may be limited.


All program presenters are experts in their field; from Beaufort’s very own Dr. Larry Rowland to archaeologists Dr. Chester DePratter and Dr. David Moore, program participants are in for a treat as these knowledgeable and interesting presenters share perspectives and findings related to the early American history that is emerging.


Through a partnership with the Heritage Library on Hilton Head Island, the program series will also include courses on ancestry research and genealogy, and soon a branch of the Heritage Library will be established within the Santa Elena History Center.


“The Santa Elena Program Series will launch the Santa Elena History Center as being open to the public and filled with activities and learning opportunities,” says Dr. Andy Beall, Santa Elena Foundation Executive Director. “We invite everyone to join us and register for programs as we strive to better understand Santa Elena and the ‘lost’16th century. We are grateful for the volunteers, presenters and supporters that have made this program series possible.”


The Santa Elena Program Series is supported by The Humanities CouncilSC. The mission of The Humanities CouncilSC is to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. This not-for-profit organization presents and supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos and other humanities-based experiences that reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. The Humanities CouncilSC receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts as well as corporate, foundation, and individual donors. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state.


The mission of the Santa Elena Foundation is to discover, promote, and preserve the “Lost Century” of European colonization through the story of Santa Elena. The Foundation is focused on growing its family of volunteers and supporters to help bring this story and History Center to life.


To learn more about the Santa Elena Foundation, register for programs, or offer support of this important cause, please visit



Megan Meyer, Director of Development