Museum directors, historians and archivists cannot content themselves to work with relics, dusty manuscripts and crumbling buildings. They must engage their communities and explain why knowledge and preservation of the past is relevant to the future, according to Stan Deaton, senior historian for the Georgia Historical Society. Otherwise, those make the past their vocation… Read more
Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce board president Stephen Murray, Beaufort History Museum board president Katherine Lang, chamber president and CEO Blakely Williams, and museum board member D.C. Gilley celebrate the signing of the lease that will bring the museum back to The Arsenal. It will move from City Hall on Boundary Street to the spot… Read more
The Beaufort History Museum’s first class of volunteer docents will allow the museum to expand its hours and provide visitors with a more enjoyable and educational experience. Pictured, from left, are board member and docent training coordinator Anna Schaffer; Debra Sunderwirth; Julie Michau; board member and newly minted docent Gwen Myers; Nancy Andrepont; Carol… Read more
8 BYLAW AMENDMENTS APPROVED, 1 TO BE CONSIDERED AT NEXT BOARD MEETINGSince reorganizing, the nonprofit organization that cares for the city of Beaufort's collection has reopened the Beaufort History Museum, arranged for its relocation to its former home in The Arsenal, and changed its board president for the first time. Our current bylaws have served us well through these changes, but we've learned more about what it takes to run such an all-volunteer organization.
With that in mind, the membership passed eight proposed amendments and tabled a vote on the ninth during the board's regular meeting April 11. The changes adopted are explained in this document. An updated version of the bylaws, which includes a revised version of the tabled amendment regarding the board's committee structure, can be viewed here. This amendment will be voted on at the board's next regular meeting, 8:30 a.m. May 9 at Beaufort City Hall.
Please plan to attend if you're a museum member and would like to weigh in on this proposed change. A two-thirds majority of voting members present is required to amend the bylaws.
THE CIVIC DUTY OF HISTORY ORGANIZATIONS
Turnout was high for the Beaufort History Museum's annual meeting this past January, and though a few months have passed, the message of our keynote speaker is worth remembering. Read what Stan Deaton of the Georgia Historical Society had to say about the civic necessity of studying and understanding history. Or, you can view excerpts of his presentation on YouTube.
And if you would like to join the museum or renew your membership, you can do that here, as well.