Mission

Santa Elena Foundation Mission Statement:

The mission of the Santa Elena Foundation is To discover, preserve, and share the untold story of America’s first – and lost – century through the rise and fall of Santa Elena

Santa Elena Foundation Vision Statement:

The strategic vision for the Santa Elena Foundation is to expand the knowledge of Santa Elena and other 16th Century European settlements in the area of the Port Royal Sound. The vision of the Santa Elena Foundation will be achieved via continual archaeological research and through programs at a cultural interpretive center. An interim center will be open by 2016 to commemorate the 450th anniversary in 2016 of European colonization near the natural harbors of the Port Royal Sound. A permanent cultural interpretive center is to follow in 2017, and the organization will achieve financial sustainability by 2019. The archaeological site and cultural interpretive center will be internationally recognized with broad historical and cultural appeal. The activities of the Santa Elena Foundation will make a sustained, positive contribution to the local economy.