Historic Beaufort Foundation will focus its 2011 lecture series on topics directly related to Beaufort's history beginning with "African-Americans in the Civil War" from 6 to 7 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Verdier House, 801 Bay St., Beaufort. The lecture will be given by Joseph McGill Jr., a program officer with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Civil War re-enactor. McGill's program is an overview of the service of the 180,000 African-Americans who served in the Union Army and the Navy. The monthly lecture series is open to non-members and features a wine and hors d'oeuvres reception at 5:30 p.m. Programs are held the third Monday of each month.
A three-course dinner at Saltus River Grill is offered at $19 a person for lecture attendees. Admission to the lecture is $15 for members and $25 for member couples; and $20 for non-members and $30 for non-member couples. Reservations are required. Call Saltus River Grill to make dining reservations.