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CCHAPS Holds Annual Meeting and Elections

Colleton County Historical and Preservation Society (CCHAPS) held their annual meeting and Board of Directors elections this past Thursday, January 11, 2018. The meeting began at 6:30 with light hors d’oeuvres allowing the membership to mingle and time to catch up with other history lovers. The business meeting began at 7:00 pm as current President, Tom Whitacre, walked those in attendance through the past year and showed them what all CCHPAS has done in the community.

In 2017, CCHAPS held two quarterly meetings bringing in a South Carolina author in March and an archeologist and film maker in October. An exciting announcement was made during the October meeting as guest speaker Buddy Wingard announced his next short film would be about Pon Pon Chapel of Ease and production would begin in early 2018. CCHAPS held their annual Preservation Awards at Pineland Plantation, a new and upcoming Venue in Colleton County, this past May where four properties were given the highly sought after award, including Pineland Plantation. It was announced if anyone would like to nominate a property for the 2018 Preservation Awards to contact CCHAPS and the nomination will be passed on to the Preservation Committee. CCHAPS loved participating in Walterboro’s BRAG Campaign again where they were able to Brag about Walterboro’s history and the three properties they maintain. The Society also hosted a second year of the Holiday Tour of Homes as part of Walterboro’s Rocking Holiday Weekend. The year ended with a wonderful Hanging of the Greens at the Little Library located on Wichman Street. The honor chorus from Northside Elementary sang and some of the Salkehatchie Indian Basketball players made the event memorable. Reverend Phillip Taylor and Mayor Bill Young also served during the program.

Pon Pon Chapel of Ease was discussed at length as the society will begin it’s preservation this year. The Chapel has been in need of repairs for many years. The property spent much of 2017 closed to the public due to trees that fell during the 2016 Hurricane season. Murdaugh’s Tree Service was able to remove the trees that fell and also take down a few others that threatened the Chapel. After having the stumps removed, it was noticed the front wall had a crack in the concrete that had spread across the structure. The society will need to obtain a structural report before work can begin at the beloved hallowed grounds. The report alone will run $20,000. Fundraising efforts and Grant Proposals have begun for the report and future work to be done. If you have any interest in helping financially with this project, please contact CCHAPS.

The Bedon Lucas House will be turning 200 years old in 2020. The society has also starting planning ways to celebrate her meaning to Walterboro in their 2020 Vision Plan. The house is currently available for rent for meetings and celebrations. For more information, please contact CCHAPS.

CCHAPS was awarded an $8000 grant from the Beaufort Fund for 2018. This grant will be used to insulate the attic of the Bedon-Lucas House, pay for additional hours for Linda Lamb, and support our new program “Cocktails and Collections” and “Cookies and Collections” to showcase the artifact normally in storage. They will soon be announcing dates for these event.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 14. CCHAPS will be hosting an Amazing History Race fundraiser from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. There will be Going to the Dogs Band for live entertainments, lunch will be served. Participants can “run” the race, although no one needs to actually run! For those who don’t want to go on the Amazing Race, they will have games and prizes here at the Bedon-Lucas House as well as a silent auction and raffle prizes. Everyone who purchases ticket before April 5 will be guaranteed an Amazing Race T-shirt.

If you are interested in becoming a member, volunteering your time or would like to make a donation towards the Pon Pon project please call our office at 843-549-9633. You can also follow CCHAPS progress by liking them on facebook.

The Board of Directors were voted on and here is the CCHAPS Board

President Tom Whitacre

Vice President Christie Slocum

Secretary Debi Gilliam

Treasurer Gene Varn

Director Chelsea Kuehler

Director M. Craig Ward

Director Charles Bridges

Director Dana Cheney

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