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The Beaufort History Museum, housed upstairs in The Arsenal in the Beaufort historic district, recently opened a new exhibit, “Islands of Hope in a Sea of Distress.” The new museum exhibit describes how education, politics, industry, and agriculture surprisingly thrived in Hilton Head, Beaufort, Mitchelville, and St. Helena Island during the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War while these same necessary community foundations suffered elsewhere in South Carolina.
The museum exhibit consists of 14 display panels ranging in size from 30 inches x 60 inches to 60 inches x 60 inches. The graphics were printed, laminated, and then mounted on PVC material. Because of the historic nature of the The Arsenal building, some of the panels were hung from picture rails so as not to damage the plaster walls. Other panels are mounted to wood frames that form an island in the historic space.
The museum exhibit is divided into four sections: education, politics, industry, and agriculture.
The education section describes the role education played in the area’s success. The Port Royal Experiment—an educational laboratory—began with a group of missionaries who came to the area to educate the newly freed slaves and their families, which was illegal before the war. This same group later founded the Penn School.
The politics section emphasizes the role of influential men like Robert Smalls and African-American churches.
The industry section highlights the importance of timber, phosphates, shipping, and the Port Royal Railroad to the Sea Island economy.
The agriculture section explains how that what was grown in the area—a lot of cotton—didn’t necessarily change. What did change though was land ownership. The plantation system was replaced with small farms with freedmen farmers.
The new museum exhibit will be on display for about a year at the Beaufort History Museum, 713 Craven St, Beaufort, SC.
Printology Signs Open House | Port Royal, SC Thanks to everyone who came to our Open House and got to see our Printology print studio transform into an Irish pub for the day! Great to have Mayor Murray and others from the Town of #PortRoyalSC! Video by: The Lills Design Posted by Printology Signs Beaufort & Bluffton SC on Friday, March 18, 2016
When guests arrived at the Beaufort Chamber of Commerce open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony for Printology Signs & Graphics in Port Royal on Saint Patrick’s Day, some seemed perplexed because the building at 824A Paris Avenue looked like an Irish pub—Patty Murphy’s Pub to be exact. The sign adhered to the wall said Patty Murphy’ Pub and the window graphics advertised beer, wine, spirits, and cigars. People driving and walking by seemed surprised and even excited about the pop-up pub. And that was the whole idea. “We wanted to do something fun and unique to showcase large format graphics since our open house was on Saint Patrick’s Day. We wanted to show off our capabilities in wall murals, window graphics, and building wraps so we came up with the idea of turning our print and graphics studio into an Irish pub. It was a great opportunity and example of how we can transform something plain into something unique and memorable,” says Mark Russell, owner of Printology Signs & Graphics.
The print studio to pub transformation began with a couple of photo ideas from Shutterstock. Our graphic designer went from there creating a custom design and then mocking it up so we could see how it looked on the outside of the building. Then the design was broken down into sections and panels for printing. Once printed on a temporary vinyl media, our installers hung the panels piece by piece. And the result—an Irish pub for Saint Patrick’s Day.