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Huguenot Herald Spring 2015  

The One Hundred and Thirtieth Anniversary Meeting of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina will be held at Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing on Thursday, April 16 beginning at 4:30 pm.

Huguenot Herald Fall 2014  

When it comes to old buildings in Charleston, one needed repair often leads to another and another in a cascading effect. This summer, we discovered that our headquarters building at 138 Logan Street was in need of significant repair.

Huguenot Herald Summer 2014  

I am honored to serve as the 35th President of The Huguenot Society of South Carolina and look forward to the coming year. Before moving forward, however, it is appropriate to first recognize several individuals who have meant so much to the Society for a great many years.

Huguenot Herald Spring 2014  

The French Church of Charleston. A few entries found in Quarto 58, Consistory Minutes of the French Church of London from 1679-1689, published by the Huguenot Society of Great Britain and Ireland, offer some interesting information concerning the French Church of Charles Towne.

Huguenot Herald Fall 2013  

As we rapidly approach the end of 2013, I want to again encourage you to consider making a contribution to the Society’s 2013 Annual Fund. Membership dues provide only approximately half of the money we need to operate the Society annually. Thus, a successful Annual Fund campaign is vital to our continued financial health. Please contact the Society office if you have questions about how to make a contribution.

Huguenot Herald Summer 2013  

The Society’s Annual Meeting took place on Saturday, April 13 and was a resounding success! The meeting was well attended and was followed by a delightful reception for our members and guests. This year’s guest speaker was Palmer Hamilton, an attorney and Huguenot scholar from Mobile, Alabama. Mr. Hamilton gave an outstanding presentation on the history of the Gaillard and Mazÿck families of France and their immigration to Carolina.

Huguenot Herald Spring 2013  

Volume 22, Number 3 -128th Anniversary Meeting will be held Saturday, April 13, 2013, 4 p.m. at The Charleston Museum. We are pleased to announce that the speaker will be Palmer C. Hamilton who will lecture on “The Gaillard and Mazÿck Families’ Flight From France and Lessons Learned.” Mr. Hamilton is the author of the recent article on the Mazÿck family published in Transactions of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina #116. He is also the author of “Escape from Annonay” about the Gaillard family in Transactions #114.

Huguenot Herald Summer 2012  

Volume 22, Number 2 - In May, we commemorated the 450th Anniversary of Jean Ribault’s landing near the May River in Jacksonville, Florida and his subsequent establishment of Charlesfort at Parris Island, South Carolina. As your President, I had the privilege of representing the Huguenot Society of South Carolina at several significant events in both Jacksonville, Florida and at Parris Island. It is my pleasure to share my experiences with you.

Huguenot Herald Spring 2012  

Volume 22, Number 1 - This year is the 450th Anniversary of the landing of Jean Ribault on Parris Island. We hope to see you at the Annual Meeting. Please RSVP for acceptances only to (843) 723-3235 or

Huguenot Herald Fall 2011  

Volume 21, Number 3 - Did you ever wonder why our Society meets every April and October? One of our purposes is to publicly commemorate the principle events in the history of the Huguenots. The Society’s Constitution and By-Laws read, “The Society shall hold two regular meetings each year, and in accordance with the purpose of the Society, the said meetings shall take place on the following historical dates: The Anniversary Meeting shall be held on April 13th, the day of the Promulgation of the Edict of Nantes, granting Freedom of Worship to the Huguenots of France.

Huguenot Herald Winter 2011  

Volume 21, Number 1 - The One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Anniversary Meeting of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2011. We are pleased to announce that the speaker will be Dr. Tessa Murdoch who will lecture on The French Hospital: Its Huguenot History and Collections.

Huguenot Herald Summer 2011  

Volume 21, Number 2 - Before looking to the future, a moment of reflection and thanks is appropriate. First, on behalf of the Society I extend a sincere thanks to outgoing President Robert M. Prioleau. Under Bob’s fine leadership, our Society thrived and advanced in many ways. His good guidance and deep commitment served us well, and we are delighted he has agreed to remain actively involved in our affairs. I also extend our appreciation and best wishes to retiring Board member Barbara Claypoole

Huguenot Herald September 2009  

Volume 19, Number 3 - To commemorate the arrival of the first pilgrims to America’s shores, a June date would be far more appropriate, accompanied perhaps by coq au vin and a nice Bordeaux. After all, the first European arrivals seeking religious freedom in the “New World” were French. And they beat their English counterparts by 50 years.

Huguenot Herald May 2009  

Volume 19, Number 2 - To date, most of the Sketches have been pretty straightforward, presenting outlines of French Protestants who left France prior to 1787 and who have been proved and claimed as ancestors by members of the Huguenot Society of South Carolina. This Sketch will examine Thomas LaMar, claimed as an ancestor by members of the Society until the lineage was “closed” due to questions as to whether or not LaMar was a French Protestant or a French Catholic.

Huguenot Herald February 2009  

Volume 19, Number 1 - In 1564, two years after the failed attempt to establish a colony at Port Royal, a group of Frenchmen attempted to establish another colony at Fort Caroline near modern Jacksonville, Florida. Jacques Le Moyne de Morgues, a French Protestant, accompanied the expedition to act as official artist and cartographer and record images of the unknown lands and native peoples they encountered.

Huguenot Herald May 2008  

Volume 18, Number 2 - As a result of continuing research on the Boyd family, we have discovered that, after leaving Charleston, the Boyds played a far more significant role in the international trade networks of the 17th and 18th centuries than we at first realized. These trade networks included France, England, Ireland, the Caribbean, the slave trade (between Bunce Island and Charleston’s Henry Laurens), the East Indies, Canada, and New York.

Huguenot Herald September 2008  

Volume 18, Number 3 - Tompkins to Speak at Fall Service The Reverend George Johnson Tompkins III will be the guest speaker at the Fall Service on October 19th. He is Rector Emeritus of St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Charleston, and a Senior Associate of St. Stephen’s Church. Reverend Tompkins was born in Lexington, Virginia and earned degrees from the University of Virginia (Bachelor Arts with High Distinction), Yale University (Master of Arts in Religion), the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church (Master of Divinity), and the University of the South (Doctor of Ministry.)

Huguenot Herald February 2008  

Volume 18, Number 1 - We are very pleased to announce that Volume Three of the Proprietary Records of South Carolina, Abstracts of the Records of the Surveyor General of the Province, Charles Towne 1678-1698 has been published and is for sale at the Society. It includes an informative and well-written introduction with sections on the arrival of the First Fleet in 1670, James Towne and other settlements, Charles Towne at Oyster Poynt and the office of Surveyor General.

Huguenot Herald September 2007  

Vol 17, Number 3 - Another summer has come and gone at home base. We are now counting the days to the end of hurricane season. We arelooking forward to the fall service. Our new Chaplain, Rev. Philip Porcher, has secured a guest minister with ties to the French Protestant (Huguenot) Church. Rev. Bryant, as our host minister, Rev. Porcher and our guest preacher, Rev. Tom Guerry, will conduct an excellent service for us on October 21.