We offer several interactive learning programs that are fun and engaging. From learning about archaeology, early European exploration, and colonial life, these programs make learning history enjoyable. They are perfect for school groups, homeschoolers, intergenerational groups and even adults.
These programs can either be done at your location or at the LifeTides Institute or Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage in Ridgeland, SC and at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island.
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16th Century Explorations and Settlements in the Southeast (Grades 6-8)
Participants will learn about the 16th century explorations and settlements of the Spanish and French in the Southeastern United States through 5 different education stations. At each station students will examine documents, maps, reproduction artifacts and pictures to complete a worksheet on each exploration and settlement.
South Carolina Social Studies Standards: 6-6.4, 6-6.5, 8-1.2
Terms: St Augustine, Fort Caroline Charlesfort, Santa Elena, Orista, trade goods, cochineal bugs, sassafras roots, deerskins, cartography, convert.
Length: 1 hour
Cooperation and Conflict: Native Americans and Europeans in Port Royal Sound (Grades 3-6)
Students will examine the reasons behind French and Spanish settlement attempts in Port Royal Sound during the 16th century and also explore the interactions they had with Native Americans living in the area. Participants will explore how these Europeans and Native Americans cooperated with each other and what drove them to conflict. During the program students will participate in making a red dye from cochineal bugs just as the Spanish did from the bugs acquired from the Native Americans.
Social Studies Standards: 3-2.2, 3-2.3, 4-1.3, 6-4.4, 6-6.5
Students will examine the culture of the Native Americans in southeastern South Carolina at the time of contact with Europeans through pictures and by examining reproduction artifacts. During the program students will be able to use a Native American tool and will have the opportunity to make a piece of rope from palm fronds to take with them.
Social Studies Standards: 3-2.1, 4-1.2, 8-1.1
Terms: environment, pottery, flint knapping, artifact, projectile point, pre-historic.
Length: 1 hour
Camp Dig It! Archaeology Program (Gardes 3-8)
Students will get an introduction into the field of archaeology by a professional archaeologist. In this program participants will excavate a simulated site in dig boxes using the same methods archaeologists do to uncover and record their finds. They will also have to identify artifacts they discovered and figure out who might have lived at their site.
South Carolina Social Studies Standards: 3-1.3, 3-2.2, 3-2.3, 4-2.2, 6-4.4, 8-1.2
Living History with Captain William Hilton(Grades 3-8)
In this program students will hear from Captain William Hilton about his life and harrowing adventures on the Carolina coast. Students will learn that in 1663, almost 100 years after the Spanish had started their settlement at Santa Elena on Parris Island, an Englishman—Captain William Hilton, who had been commissioned by settlers in Barbados to explore the Carolina coast for a suitable site for a colony—entered Port Royal Sound. As he did so he noticed a high bluff or headland on an island that could serve as a navigational marker and called it Hilton's Head. Participants will be able to interact with Captain Hilton and ask him questions.
South Carolina Social Studies Standards: 3-1.1, 3-1.2, 3-2.2, 3-2.3, 3-2.4, 4-1.3, 4-1.4, 4-2.3, 6-6.4, 6-6.5, 8-1.2
Terms: Hilton Head, Santa Elena, Charlesfort, Port Royal, Barbados, Lord Proprietors, astrolabe, compass, cartography
Length: 45 mins
Indigo Tie-Dye (Grades 3-8)
Your students will have a chance to meet either Eliza Lucas Pinckney or her son Charles Cotesworth Pinckney who travelled through time to tell them about the historical importance of indigo and how it became a valuable cash crop in South Carolina. Students will have a chance to interact with Eliza or Charles and ask them questions before they explore the parts of the plant used to make the dye and then tie-dye their own t-shirts in indigo. (T-shirts not provided).
South Carolina Social Studies Standards: 3-2, 3-4, 4-2, 8-1, 8-3
Life was different for people in colonial South Carolina than it is today, but in some ways it was the same. Students will compare and contrast life then and now by examining reproduction artifacts with a costumed presenter. They will also have a chance to play 18th century games.
South Carolina Social Studies Standards: 4-2.2, 7-1.1, 7-1.2
Terms: Colony, plantation, cash crop
Length: 1 hour
Colonial Medicine (Grades 4-8)
What was health care like for people in colonial South Carolina? Students will learn how people in the past dealt with sickness and disease by role playing and examining reproduction artifacts. They will then analyze the treatment given to George Washington during his final illness.
Social Studies Standards: 4-2.2, 7-1.1, 7-1.2
Terms: Infection, inoculation, contagious, theory
Length: 1 hour
Games of the Past (Ages 5-Adult)
Did you ever wonder how people amused themselves before there was TV, computers and tablets? Travel back in time with us and learn about the games our ancestors played. You will have chance to play a variety of them including Nine Men's Morris, Put and Take, Buck and Mancala just to name a few. Whether you are an adult or kid, you might find them a lot of fun!
Lectures on Spanish and French settlements in the Southeastern United States (Ages 13-Adult)
The European Struggle to Settle North America Colonizing Attempts by England, France and Spain, 1521 – 1608 is the first book to link the settlements of all three countries into one comprehensive account. A power-point presentation is available by the authors focusing on Spanish and French settlements in the southeastern United States—delving into the history of each settlement and explaining why only one, St. Augustine, survived.