Monthly Archives: October 2015

Register today for special programs at the Santa Elena History Center


For Immediate Release
October 19, 2015

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

Beaufort County Tourism Research to be presented at Resort and Commercial Recreation Association (RCRA) Annual Conference

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For Immediate Release
October 13, 2015

BEAUFORT, S.C. – Dr. Andrew J. Beall, Executive Director of the Santa Elena Foundation, and Dr. Charles L. Calvert, Chair of the University of South Carolina Beaufort Department of Hospitality and Tourism, are invited to present tourism research at the 35th Annual Conference of the Resort and Commercial Recreation Association (RCRA). The RCRA Board of Directors accepted the two researchers as presenters at the 2015 National Conference to be held at Captiva Island, Florida on November 7 -11.

The Santa Elena Foundation, organized in 2014, is dedicated to research and public education. The Foundation will open an interpretive center this year and plans to open an inaugural exhibit in 2016, the 450th commemorative year of the founding of a Spanish settlement in the Port Royal Sound. Beall and Calvert investigated the likely economic impact of history and cultural tourism on Beaufort County from a new Santa Elena History Center. The success of comparable history centers, parks, and monuments was investigated first, leading to the conclusion that 50,000 or more annual visitors will be attracted to a new feature in Beaufort County.

After completing the initial study conducted in 2014, the researchers recommended visitor demand be tested further. Two questions were added to the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce visitor survey. Respondents recorded overwhelming interest to visit a new history center dedicated to the interpretation of 16th Century European settlement in the area of Port Royal Sound.

Beall and Calvert will present their tourism research at the upcoming RCRA National Conference to explain how cultural and history tourism is an economic driver for the local community. Fully developed, the planned Santa Elena History Center may be the catalyst for a 5-10% increase in hospitality-related jobs in northern Beaufort County.

Casa of the Brave? (article by Island Packet)

Pieces of the Past: Story of Santa Elena emerges in fragments (article by Island Packet)


SANTA ELENA HISTORY CENTER One of Beaufort’s Coolest Attractions Awaits

From Dude Magazine:

Santa-Elena-and-Alvaro-ArmaThis is a very exciting time for those who have been involved in the formation of the Santa Elena Foundation. Not only have they secured a solid board of directors of some of the greatest historians of our time, that know tremendous amounts information about the 16th century, they have also secured the old federal courthouse on Bay Street, in beautiful downtown Beaufort. This will be the home of the soon to be opened Santa Elena History Center. DUDE, you are going to love this place! (read more – download article)

Additions Announced for Santa Elena Foundation Board of Directors


For Immediate Release
October 5, 2015

Beaufort, SC – The Santa Elena Foundation announces that Mr. Greg Dyson, Lt. Gen. Jack Klimp and Dr. Martha Moriarty are the three newest members of the Board of Directors, and each brings a skillset, background and passion that will be uniquely beneficial to advancing the mission of the Santa Elena Foundation.

Gregory W. Dyson, Lt. Col U.S.Army (retired), has been a businessman in Beaufort County since 1990. He holds business degrees from The Citadel (BS) and Boston University (MS). Greg and his wife Sarah reside on Lady’s Island. They have been active in many local civic and charitable organizations for the past 25 years to include the Boys and Girls Club of the Lowcountry, United Way, YMCA, Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation, Boy Scouts, Friends of the Beaufort County Library, Rotary Club of Beaufort, and The Parish Church of St. Helena in Beaufort.

Lieutenant General Jack W. Klimp served in the United States Marine Corps for thirty-three years. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S. degree and also holds M.A. degrees in Public Administration and National Security and Strategic Studies. During his career in the Marine Corps, he held multiple command and staff positions including operational tours in Vietnam, Desert Shield/Desert Storm and Somalia where he commanded Task Force Mogadishu. From 1993 to 1995 we was the Commanding General here at Parris Island. Since retirement from the Marine Corps he has led a number of non-profit organizations as President and CEO. These included drug rehabilitation programs at Phoenix House and Second Genesis, two trade associations, the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association and the Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute and a veteran advocacy organization, the National Association for Uniformed Services. General Klimp comes to the Santa Elena Foundation having sat as a board member of numerous non-profit boards of directors.

Dr. Martha A. Moriarty is the Associate Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs and Institutional Effectiveness at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Her responsibilities include managing a number of academic initiatives including new academic degree program development and directing institutional effectiveness for the university. She serves on a number of university committees and is the Institutional Accreditation Liaison to the Southern Association of College and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Prior to her position as Associate Vice Chancellor, she worked for the University of South Carolina Graduate School, serving as the Associate Director of the Extended Graduate Campus and the Director of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree program on the Historic Beaufort Campus. Dr. Moriarty has served on numerous accreditation committees for the SACSCOC, has consulted with a number of institutions on accreditation issues, and has presented at regional conferences.
The mission of the Santa Elena Foundation is the discovery, preservation, and promotion of the “Lost Century” of European colonization through the international story of Santa Elena, the 16th Century la Florida settlement that became the colonial Spanish capital in present-day United States. The Foundation is currently focused on establishing the Santa Elena History Center at 1501 Bay Street, planning celebrations for the upcoming 450th anniversary, and continuing research, archaeology and educational outreach.