BEAUFORT HERITAGE EXPLORERS!
At the Santa Elena History Center
Santa Elena Foundation, Reconstruction Beaufort Inc, and Historic Beaufort Foundation
Immerse your child in a week of interesting local history from 1566-1900s!
July 29-August 2 9:00am-1:00pm
Each day concludes with lunch from 12:15 until pick up, lunch provided on Friday
$150 per child, proceeds benefit participating non-profits
Rising 3rd graders – Rising 5th and Rising 6th graders – Rising 8th grade
Schedule and topics
DAY ONE: SANTA ELENA FOUNDATION
–How did early settlers get to the New World?
Videos about galleons and 16th century ships, navigation tools and techniques, Recreating the true size of a caravel ship, Name and color your galleon! And make your own rope!
–How did maps evolve during Age of Discovery?
Slideshow of maps from 1492-1607, Create your own map, Understanding Port Royal Sound history, walk along the bluff, observe the Beaufort River
DAY TWO: SANTA ELENA FOUNDATION
–What were the early settlers like?
“Imagine” presentation, Tour exhibit and find crossword clues, Meet Domingo Duramano at his “soldier’s bunk”
–What was it like to live at Santa Elena?
Food and cooking demonstration, Salt-making demonstration, Weaponry program, live fire!
DAY THREE: RECONSTRUCTION BEAUFORT LEARNING CENTER
(within the Santa Elena History Center)
Beaufort is now home to the Reconstruction Era National Park. Camp Reconstruction Beaufort will explore the deep history of this period and why Beaufort was so significant. Not only important to Beaufort, there’s a new wave of interest in this period spreading nationwide, acknowledging that Reconstruction is still shaping today’s narrative.
(ELEMENTARY AGES) Campers will be transformed back in time and will learn what life was like for children their age in Beaufort. Camp counselors will use the experiential style approach of learning and explore this deep period of history. Campers will create a Reconstruction Board game exposing them to the many historical landmarks, buildings and homes that have shaped history. Learning history will be relevant and fun!
(MIDDLE SCHOOL AGES) Campers will dig deep into the history of what was happening during this time in Beaufort but will also explore the significance of the 13th, 14th and 15th Constitutional Amendments, all introduced and passed during Reconstruction. Campers will be encouraged to explore this period of history through conversation learning in exciting and relevant ways. Campers will create a large canvas mural of their interpretation of Reconstruction Beaufort, which will be displayed in the Beaufort Reconstruction gallery.
DAY FOUR: HISTORIC BEAUFORT FOUNDATION
Travel 5 blocks to the VERDIER HOUSE, THE ONLY PLANTER’S HOUSE IN BEAUFORT OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Enjoy this special program and activity: “The Mystery and Magic of Indigo and Its Role in Antebellum Beaufort”. Campers will learn about blue dye in early cultures and how it was made. The session culminates with the participants creating their own dyed bandana, scarf or bookmark.
DAY FIVE: ABOUT TOWN!
- Walk to St. Helena Church Cemetery (tour)
- Walk around downtown park/playground
- Return to Santa Elena History Center to make paper flowers
- Pizza Party!!
Parents, please download and sign the REGISTRATION & RELEASE FORM (2 PAGES)
Email, to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or mail, PO Box 1005, Beaufort, SC 29901
Or in person, Santa Elena History Center at 1501 Bay Street