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12:47 am on Tuesday October 16, 2012

Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration

An annual festival that recognizes the Gullah heritage and its ties to West and Central Africa as well as the Lowcountry, the the Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration occurs this year from November 8 to 10 on St. Helena Island. The three-day event...
11:38 am on Friday March 30, 2012

Penn Center crossing the 150 year mark

Flickr user Tim Brown Architecture Originally opened in 1862 as a school for freed slaves to learn work and trade skills, Penn Center continues on St. Helena Island as a marker and preserver of Sea Island history and tradition. This year the school...
8:36 am on Wednesday March 28, 2012

Vandals strike Penn Center

Flickr User deltaMike The Penn Center was the victim of over $100,000 in damage. The Penn Center, a historical site and one of the oldest schools created for freed slaves, discovered the damage on Monday morning.  The damage was caused to air...
7:26 am on Saturday July 23, 2011

Sweetgrass basket exhibition held this afternoon at Penn Center (update: A bit more on the exhibit)

Flickr user calliope Updated July 23: Lowcountry Weekly has a much fuller profile of this exhibit, which runs through Aug. 26. You can check it out here. Reported July 16: The York W. Bailey Museum at Penn Center will hold the debut exhibition of "...
8:00 am on Tuesday April 19, 2011

AC thieves don't stop Lowcountry Habitat from dedicating three homes

Flickr user sandialabs Not only were a couple of air conditioner thieves not able to stop LowCountry Habitat for Humanity from dedicatiing new homes, but Habitat was able to do something it had never done before: dedicate three new homes on the same...
5:40 am on Friday April 15, 2011

Bestselling authors to be honored at gullah event

Flickr user Urban Gazelle Pat Conroy, Roland Gardnerm and Sankofa Circle Inc. wiil be inducted into The Penn Center at 7 p.m. on May 7 at the Holiday Inn in Beaufort. The awards are so presented to honor thier protection of the Gullah-Gechee culture...
5:19 am on Thursday April 7, 2011

County preserves 1,000 acres, including 92 acres at Penn Center

The following is a press release from Beaufort County: Beaufort County Council saved three valuable parcels of agricultural land on St. Helena Island from future development through the County’s Rural and Critical Land Preservation Program at prices...
6:54 am on Sunday January 2, 2011

Large sweetgrass basket found on eBay stars in local museum exhibit

Flickr user Muffet Staring in the Coastal Discovery Museum's "Grass Roots: African Origins of an American Art" is an 18-inch by 24-inch basket made in the early 20th century at Penn School on St. Helena Island — one that was recently purchased on...
11:17 am on Wednesday November 10, 2010

Heritage Days to return to Penn Center this week

Flickr user denseatoms Heritage Days, a celebration of the Gullah culture, returns to St. Helena Island's Penn Center beginning Thursday.  This is the 28th installment of the annual event that brings thousands of people to the Sea Islands. A...
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