Join us on Tuesdays, August 14, September 4, 11 & 25 at 6pm

Yoga in the Galleries

Take a break from your day and explore the world of Yoga at the Morris Center! This hour-long yoga session will be provided by yoga instructor Kelsey Lee, who will guide the class through a series of gentle and relaxing yoga poses.

Kelsey loves yoga so much it’s infectious. It’s as if she just can’t stop doing it, talking about it, reading about it, writing about it, teaching it, and applying it to everything she does.

Her goal is to make yoga challenging and bring greater awareness to both body and mind. She also tries to keep it light hearted, because life is too short to be serious all the time!

Beginners are welcome! Please bring your own yoga mat and wear comfortable clothes!

Classes are $7 a piece. Members get in free!




Join us on Tuesday, August 21 at 4:30pm

The Central of Georgia Railway: The African American Experience

Join Emily Beck with Coastal Heritage Society for a 45-minute lecture plus Q&A session examining African American stories specific to Savannah’s Central of Georgia Railway. Ms. Beck will highlight individual workers such as John Wesley Whitaker, the Central’s first African American locomotive engineer. With the use of primary source materials, such as historic site photographs and related artifacts, this lecture will provide participants with an overview of the history of African Americans working for the Central from its inception in the 1830s through the Civil Rights era. This lecture will also address Georgia State Railroad Museum’s plans for future interpretive exhibits and programs, guiding programming, and new artifact acquisitions related to African American railroad workers.

This program is made possible by SC Humanities.

Admission to the event is free; however, advanced registration is requested due to limited space. To register call the center at 843-284-9227.

Join us on Tuesday, August 28 at 6pm

Serving in Vietnam: 1965 – 1973, South Carolinians who served the Nation in an Unpopular War

The program will examine plans for a major exhibition on the Vietnam War. Topics included will be: the role of the armed services, examination of some of the major conflicts including the three-week battle of Hue, January- February 1968, the fight to keep the rivers and coast free of enemy activity, and the air war against enemy infiltration along the Ho Chi Minh Trail. The program will conclude by looking at the war’s deadly cost and how the perspective of the Vietnam War has evolved and changed since the last American troops left Indochina.

Admission to the event is free, however advanced registration is requested due to limited space. To register call the center at 843-284-9227.

Join on us Friday, September 7 at 4:30pm

Railroad Technology & Communications

All aboard! This time, the train is coming to the Morris Center with the Railroad Technology & Communications student program offered by Coastal Heritage Society’s Mobile Museum. Delivered by interpreters from Georgia State Railroad Museum, students will dive into the history of railroading in the U.S. and examine how technological changes ushered in by the railroads impacted our quickly expanding nation. Intertwining history with STEM, students will conclude the program with a broader understanding of how the railroad revolutionized the American way of life and challenges which were overcome in the process.

This program is made possible by SC Humanities.

Grade level: 4th-12th grade
Program length: 60 minutes
Max number of students: 60 students (2 classes)

Join us on Saturday, September 8 at 2pm

Bully Defense Workshop

Chief instructor Lindy Woods will present our first Bully Defense Workshop – For ages 6 and up. (max 25 people). Hyper 1-Million & Bully Defense movement is a youth program created to reach and inspire over one million children every year. Their mission is to help end bullying in each person’s life, family, and community. Participants will have fun while learning physical skills to build their confidence, along with strategies to deal with bullies and protect themselves and their friends.  Together, we can build a community of youth and families who are educated, empathetic, and motivated to end bullying in their lives – a team who will stand up for themselves, their families, and what they believe in.

Admission to the event is free; however, advanced registration is requested due to limited space. To register call the center at 843-284-9227.

Join us on Saturday, September 15 at 3:00 pm

Rag Quilting of the Rice, Indigo, and Cotton Plantations of the Lowcountry

Sharon Cooper-Murray is a native of South Carolina. After attending college in Tennessee, she arrived on Wadmalaw Island, SC, where she was first introduced to the Gullah language. She was fascinated by the tone and rhythm of this unique Creole language. That was the beginning of what became her life-long passion: the Gullah culture, their stories, folk music, crafts, food ways, religious folkways – in short, their way of life.

This presentation travels the road of survival for African Americans, and the innovative adaptation of materials for use other than the original design. Experience rag quilting social gathering traditions through use of narration, interpretation, exhibits, and hands-on activities.

Join us on Friday, September 21 at 6pm

Lowcountry Paint & Sip Class

Explore the wonderful world of art with local artist Amiri Farris. Bring a bottle of wine and enjoy an evening with friends while painting your own Lowcountry work of art. Amiri will walk you through the painting process to create your own masterpiece based on his own Butterfly creation. No experience necessary. All supplies are provided.

Space is limited; event sells out quickly. Advance payment and registration required! $30 admission fee for this class. $25 for members.




Join us on Friday, September 28 at noon – 1pm

Lunch While You Learn: Eat Green for the Planet

Join the Morris Center for a Lunch while you learn program. The food we eat has a tremendous impact on the health of our shared land, water, and air. Come learn what foods have the least environmental impact and why clean, green food is just as important to planetary health as clean, green fuel, and energy. Carla will also share news of the emerging Clean Meat technology and how it could revolutionize dinner!

Lunch will be provided by Delisheeyo! Which is the coolest hot spot on Hilton Head Island to get an organic meal, freshly pressed juice, and clean snacks. The non-profit Heritage Center which preserves the Lowcountry’s history and culture through projects, events, and exhibitions requests a $10 for lunch. Members get $2 off!

 




Join us on Tuesday, October 2 at 6pm

“I Was Born to Be in a Library”: Pat Conroy’s Great Love of Libraries

Presented by Jonathan Haupt
At the Morris Center for Lowcountry Heritage

Pat Conroy Literary Center executive director Jonathan Haupt will discuss best-selling author Pat Conroy’s lifelong love of books and libraries—focusing on the roles public libraries, school libraries, and Pat’s own personal library played in his writing life. Through video and audio clips, photographs, and published and unpublished writings by and about Conroy, this presentation welcomes attendees into the book-filled world of one of America’s most beloved writers.

FREE and open to the public, this program also includes an overview of the Pat Conroy Literary Center and our annual Pat Conroy Literary Festival which honor and continue Conroy’s legacy as writer and educator in his adopted hometown of Beaufort, South Carolina.

About our presenter: Jonathan Haupt is the executive director of the Pat Conroy Literary Center, the founding director of the Pat Conroy Literary Festival, and the former director of the University of South Carolina Press, where he created the Story River Books fiction imprint in partnership with Pat Conroy. Haupt serves on the boards of the South Carolina Academy of Authors and the Friends of South Carolina Libraries, and on the South Carolina Humanities advisory committee and the American Writers Museum affiliates steering committee. With Charleston novelist Nicole Seitz, he is co-editor of the forthcoming anthology Our Prince of Scribes: Writers Remember Pat Conroy.

Admission to the event is free; however, advanced registration is requested due to limited space. To register call the center at 843-284-9227.

Join us on Saturday, October 20 at 2pm

Vine Wreath Workshop

Join the Morris Center as we learn how to craft a gorgeous fall vine wreath. Instructor Leslie Natoli will demonstrate how using nothing more than gardening clippers, a keen eye and your imagination, you can make a fall vine wreath for your home. Participants will make their own simple wreath in this workshop using all natural materials. You’ll learn which vines to use, and leave with an easy fall project you can enjoy for years to come and adapt to other seasonal events. Space is limited; event sells out quickly. Advance payment and registration required! $15 admission fee for this class. $10 for members.