35th Annual Heritage Days Celebration
Nov
9
Nov 11

35th Annual Heritage Days Celebration

The Board of Trustees of the historic Penn Center, Inc. and the Heritage Days Celebration Committee are proud to announce the 35th Annual Heritage Days Celebration to be held November 9-11, 2017.  This year’s theme is Revisiting Reconstruction: Changes and Challenges.

 The historic Penn Center, located on St. Helena Island, South Carolina, is expecting between 8,000—10,000 visitors for this year’s celebration. Visitors from all parts of the country and the world will converge on St. Helena Island to revel in an exciting three-day event that includes food, music, educational seminars, arts and crafts, a parade, and the cultural traditions of the Gullah people.  


1862 CIRCLE GALA
Apr
22
6:00 pm18:00

1862 CIRCLE GALA

We invite you to join Penn Center for the 1862 Circle Gala; a formal affair honoring the founding of Penn School and the induction of Penn Center Ambassadors into the 1862 Circle Membership. The evening includes a formal dinner, induction ceremony, as well as a live and silent auction fundraising event.

Agricultural Education Classes & Workshops
Feb
26
10:00 am10:00

Agricultural Education Classes & Workshops

Free Agricultural Education Classes, Workshops, Field Demonstrations & Tours                               

Available to:  Beginning & New Farmers, Women in Agriculture, Young Farmers, Veterans, Small Acreage Owners & Ranchers Living in the Following South Carolina Counties: Allendale, Beaufort, Charleston, Colleton, Hampton & Jasper

Penn Center Community Forum
Feb
25
5:00 pm17:00

Penn Center Community Forum

Join Penn Center for its first Community Forum of 2017 on Saturday, February 25, 2017 in the York W. Bailey Museum at 5:00-6:30 p.m.  Learn about the Reconstruction Era National Monument, New Program Offerings and Upcoming Events.  Bring Your Ideas and Share Your Thoughts.  

Now Enrolling! PACE After School Enrichment Program
Feb
14
Mar 31

Now Enrolling! PACE After School Enrichment Program

PACE After School Enrichment Program Offers: Tutor/Homework Buddy - Academic Enrichment - Recreation/Physical Fitness – Life Skills – Reader’s Theater – Book Club - Creative Writing & Journalism – Math & Science- Technology- And Much More

 

The Nativity Scene
Dec
18
5:30 pm17:30

The Nativity Scene

Embrace the holiday spirit with Penn Center's Live Nativity Scene. The evening will include vocal performances by a mass church choir.  New Time: 5:30 PM. Frissell Community House

Reconstruction Era National Monument Public Meeting
Dec
15
12:00 pm12:00

Reconstruction Era National Monument Public Meeting

Please join Congressman James E. Clyburn for a public meeting regarding the proposal to establish a new unit of the National Park System to tell the story of Reconstruction on Thursday, December 15, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM at Brick Baptist Church located at 85 Martin Luther King Drive, St. Helena Island, SC 29920. 

A Day For Penn
Dec
6
12:01 am00:01

A Day For Penn

A Day For Penn is Penn Center's annual giving day. This fundraiser supports Penn Center's operations and community events.

Second Helpings at Penn Center Every Friday
Nov
1
Jan 1

Second Helpings at Penn Center Every Friday

  • Penn Center Emory Campbell Dining Hall

Penn Center & SECOND HELPINGS will begin helping those in need on Friday, November 18th and Every Friday at 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Emory S. Campbell Dining Hall, located at 11 Penn Center Circle East, St. Helena Island, SC. Please share this information with someone in need? Thank you!
http://www.secondhelpingslc.org/

HURRICAN MATTHEW UPDATE: PENN CENTER NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK DISTRICT WILL BE CLOSED OCT. 5--OCT. 10
Oct
4
Oct 11

HURRICAN MATTHEW UPDATE: PENN CENTER NATIONAL HISTORIC LANDMARK DISTRICT WILL BE CLOSED OCT. 5--OCT. 10

Gov. Nikki Haley ordered an evacuation for all coastal communities in South Carolina, including Beaufort and Jasper counties, starting tomorrow afternoon in preparation for Hurricane Matthew.

PENN CENTER, ALL OF ITS BUILDINGS AND THE YORK W. BAILEY MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED BEGINNING 12 NOON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5--MONDAY, OCTOBER 10,  2016.  PENN CENTER'S OFFICES AND MUSEUM WILL REOPEN ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11TH AT 8:30 A.M.  All schools and government offices will be closed in Jasper and Beaufort counties for the rest of the week, Haley announced in a press conference this afternoon. Evacuations will start around 3. p.m. Wednesday. Lane reversals on U.S. 278 and Highway 21 will begin then.  
Read more here: http://www.islandpacket.com/news/weather/hurricane/article105841982.html#storylink=cpy

 

Labor Day Celebration
Sep
5
12:01 am00:01

Labor Day Celebration

  • Penn Center

Join Penn Center for a Labor Day celebration including formal programs with guest speakers and live performances.

Penn Center Will Be Closed September 2-3, 2016
Sep
1
Sep 4

Penn Center Will Be Closed September 2-3, 2016

In accordance with Beaufort County School District & Count Officials, Penn Center's Administrative Offices and York W. Bailey Museum/Welcome Center will be closed September 2-3, 2016 due to Hurricane Hermine.  The Labor Day Celebration and Gullah Geechee Bike Ride will resume on Labor Day, September 5th.  

Community Sing
May
15
6:30 pm18:30

Community Sing

Live performance by local church choirs preserving the spirituals traditionally intoned in the Sea Islands of South Carolina.

Community Sing
Apr
17
6:30 pm18:30

Community Sing

Live performance by local church choirs preserving the spirituals traditionally intoned in the Sea Islands of South Carolina.

This month's Community Sing honors Founder's Day Commemoration.

Spring Historic Campus Tour
Apr
16
10:00 am10:00

Spring Historic Campus Tour

Enjoy guided campus and building tours, a traditional Lowcountry lunch, art demonstrations, local author talks and book signings. Authors in attendance to be announced.

Community Sing
Mar
20
6:30 pm18:30

Community Sing

Live performance by local church choirs preserving the spirituals traditionally intoned in the Sea Islands of South Carolina.

This month's Community Sing honors Women's History Month.

Sam Doyle Folk Arts Festival
Mar
12
9:00 am09:00

Sam Doyle Folk Arts Festival

This art festival celebrates our local hero Sam Doyle, a Gullah Folk Art icon. Artists from across South Carolina, Georgia and North Carolina gather on the historic Penn Center grounds to share their work.

Community Sing
Feb
21
6:30 pm18:30

Community Sing

Live performance by local church choirs preserving the spirituals traditionally intoned in the Sea Islands of South Carolina.

This month's Community Sing honors Black History Month.

Community Sing
Jan
17
6:30 pm18:30

Community Sing

Live performance by local church choirs preserving the spirituals traditionally intoned in the Sea Islands of South Carolina.

This month's Community Sing honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The Nativity Scene
Dec
20
6:30 pm18:30

The Nativity Scene

Embrace the holiday spirit with Penn Center's Live Nativity Scene. The evening will include vocal performances by a mass church choir.

A Day For Penn: Online Giving & Fundraiser Event
Dec
1
12:01 am00:01

A Day For Penn: Online Giving & Fundraiser Event

A Day for Penn is Penn Center's annual giving day. This fundraiser supports Penn Center's operations and community events. Help give Penn Center a critical boost by donating online December 1 and you will receive a special thank you gift! There are various gifts depending on the donation level you choose.

Join Penn Center in Frissell Hall (6:30pm-7:30pm) for a celebration with live performances as a thank you for your generosity. For more details on donation levels and gifts, see our donations page.