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Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month

March is Women’s History Month, a time where people remember the women that have made an impact in the past and the present. Suffragette leaders, doctors, authors, etc. are highly remembered during this time of the year.

A few months ago I came across an article from Smithsonian Magazine describing the female soldiers that fought during the Civil War. I’ve heard about them before and knew a little about their history, but what I didn’t realize was how many actually fought during the war. The soldier article lead me to a spy article and so on and so forth. I started to read about these women that had done so many amazing things during the Civil War, and I couldn’t help but wonder how many people actually knew about these women?
That question lead me to putting together a lecture called Women of the Civil War: Soldiers, Spies, and Nurses. The lecture is going to have three local women portraying a solider, spy, and nurse from the Civil War period. They are going to talk about what it was like during the war, and the different women who filled those roles. The lecture is going to be held at the Bluffton Branch Library on March 24th from 2-4 pm. The cost to attend in $5.
I’m hoping that the lecture will give people information about something that they don’t know much about, and help them understand the different roles that women played during the War. They didn’t just sit at home and fret over their loved ones that joined the war. They held active, and at times dangerous, roles during the war.
Best,
Alyssa
Acting House Manger

Success of the Mourning Tea

Success of the Mourning Tea

The Mourning Tea was a huge success! All of the ladies (& gents!) enjoyed the tea and the mourning talk immensely! Kim Poovey started the tea by giving a talk about the mourning practices of the Victorian Period, which included dress regulations, portraits, traditions, and hair jewelry. It was quite informative, and I believe everyone learned a lot. Much of what the Victorians practiced for mourning are still with us today. Did you know that women have to wear mourning clothes for a certain number of years (depending on who had passed) while the men only had to wear mourning clothing for three months!

Once Kim was done giving her talk we served tea and food. The tea was Charleston Breakfast Tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation! It was very well received, which is good because we did have a mix up with the tea order. The tea we originally ordered was lost in the mail, and we were worried that the tea we had over-nighted wouldn’t make it on time. So we set out to find the tea, and thankfully Le Cookery on Hilton Head had some! They saved the entire tea and we are so thankful for their help! The Sugaree did an amazing job at catering the event! The food was delicious and almost all the plates were clean by the end of the tea!

The staff at the Heyward House is very appreciative for all the of help that we received from our event committee in planning the tea, and thankful for all of their hard work. We are also appreciative that so many people wanted to come to our event! We sold out of tickets just a few days before the tea was held, and people still wanted to buy tickets! We are glad that it was such a success, and we are pretty sure that the Mourning Tea might be a regular event!

Here are a few pictures from the Tea:

Set-up for the Tea 

Exhibit for the Mourning Tea 

Exhibit for the Mourning Tea 

Examples of Mourning Clothing 

Mourning Clothing 

Exhibit 

Exhibit 

Hair Jewlery 

Mourning Wreath made entirely out of hair 

More examples of Hair Wreaths 

3 Tiered Servers with Food 

Mini Eclairs & Lemon Bars 

Scones 

Finger Sandwiches 

Dianne, one of the docents. 

Behind the Scenes Action! 

Kim Poovey giving her talk

Best Always, 
Alyssa 

Mourning Tea

Mourning Tea

Today is the big day, we are having our Mourning Tea! We officially sold out of tickets on Monday, and we couldn’t be more happy! We almost had a slight crisis for the tea, but thankfully that was quickly solved. The tea we ordered from the Charleston Tea Plantation got lost in the mail, but thankfully Le Cookery on Hilton Head Island had the exact same tea. (Yay!)



The Mourning Tea will start at 3 pm and Ms. Kim Poovey is going to be our host. Kim is a local reenactress who knows quite a lot about Victorian culture and history. She will be discussing Victorian Mourning Practices, and will also have part of her collection on display. Kim has a lot of mourning jewelry (including hair jewelry) and examples of mourning clothing that will be on display. 

The Sugaree is catering the event and will provide the finger sandwiches, scones, and desserts. They are an amazing little cafe that has some of the best food. They are making a chicken salad finger sandwich, tomato and bacon finger sandwich, and a traditional cucumber sandwich. For the desserts we got mini eclairs and lemon bars! Yum! 

We will post another entry after the tea to show pictures and give details about how the event went! Wish us luck! 

Best Always, 
Alyssa 

Donations

Donations

There are no words to describe the feeling when someone donates items to the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society. The feeling is quite humbling and we are so grateful for everything that we have. Recently the Historical Society was given a bedroom set that dates back to the mid-1800’s. The bedroom set didn’t fit inside of the Heyward House, but instead we moved it over to the Colcock-Teel house*. We are working on a new exhibit/tour that will be located at the Colcock-Teel house, and the furniture will help to decorate the house, and to help tell a story. The bed and dresser are the recent donations, but I’ve also included pictures of the inside of the Colcock-Teel House.

Living Room Area 

Sheila the mannequin

New Dresser

New Bed

*For those of you that don’t know, the Colcock-Teel house is another historic home that the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society owns; it was bequeathed to us by Sophie Teel.  We use the Colcock-Teel house as an event space (we also own the live oak grove across from the house), and we store our archives there.

Have a good day!

Best Always,
Alyssa

Public Archaeology Day & Candle-making Class

Public Archaeology Day & Candle-making Class

Last year Katie and I came up with some ideas for programs we could do over the summer. We had an archaeology program, candle-making class, and a scavenger hunt. The summer was a success and all the summer camps that came to the Heyward House seemed to enjoy the programs we came up with.

We decided that we shouldn’t limit it to just summer time, so we’ve come up with some dates this fall for an archaeology day and a candle-making class. The programs are open to adults and children ages 5 & up. 
The public archaeology day will be held on October 18th from 10-12 pm. There will be two sessions for the archaeology, each lasting about an hour. $5 per adult and children under 18 are $3. Please call to sign up for the archaeology program by October 17th. 
The candle-making class will be held on November 7th from 1-2 pm. Scented or non-scented candles can be made using 19th Century techniques. $6 per adult and children under 18 are $4. Please call to sign up for the candle-making class by November 6th. 
If you are interested in these programs or want to know what else we have going on, just give us a call! 843-757-6293
Best Always,
Alyssa