Beaufort History Museum, in partnership with the Beaufort County Library, announces an upcoming lecture, Reconstruction in Beaufort, SC and the Nation, by renowned historians Dr. Stephen Wise, director of the Parris Island Museum, and Dr. Lawrence Rowland, distinguished professor emeritus of history at the University of South Carolina at Beaufort. The talk, part of the popular Museum-Library Lecture Series, will be held on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 2 – 4 pm at the Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott Street. The well-known scholars are co-authors of Rebellion, Reconstruction, and Redemption, 1861-1893, The History of Beaufort County, South Carolina, Volume 2.

A book signing at the Library will be held as part of the lecture event. Admission to the lecture is free, however a $5.00 donation to support the Museum’s programs is much appreciated. Space is limited and only those who have pre-registered on the Museum’s website will be admitted, so please reserve your seats in advance at

Immediately following the lecture and book signing on March 16, those who have registered for the lecture on the Museum’s website are also invited to visit (free of charge) Beaufort History Museum’s special exhibit on Reconstruction in Beaufort between 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm that day. The Museum is located on the second floor of the Arsenal building, which is adjacent to the Library.

This special lecture sets the stage for Beaufort History Museum’s third annual Living History Encampment, which will highlight the period during the Civil War when the Reconstruction Era began in Beaufort, while the war continued to rage. This year, the Museum’s Living History Encampment will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 9am – 5pm in the Arsenal courtyard. Last year, more than 600 people attended the popular event.

In addition, the Museum is now undergoing a complete renovation of its main exhibit hall, which tells the remarkable 500-year history of the Beaufort District. The Museum’s professionally renovated exhibit hall will open to the public later this spring.

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. Docent classes are conducted on an ongoing basis.

The Arsenal is located at 713 Craven Street. Normal BHM hours of operation are 10am – 4pm, Monday – Saturday. Docents are on duty to provide information and conduct tours. Please visit or the BHM Facebook page for updates and news from the Museum.

For information on becoming a Docent or Volunteer Greeter, contact Lorrie Burleyknoles at or (559) 362-3237.