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Museum to host lessons on 18th century education

The Coastal Discovery Museum will demonstrate what education was like for girls in the 18th century when it hosts lessons in deportment, handwriting and English country dancing with "Mistress Mary Hext" at 2 p.m. March 19.

Participants also will have the chance to make their own "sweet bag" to keep linens smelling fresh. Space is limited, and reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767, extension 223. Cost is $12 per person ages 6 and older and free for adults accompanied by a young lady.

The museum is at 70 Honey Horn Drive on Hilton Head Island.

Mather School alumni invited to TCL ceremony

The Technical College of the Lowcountry will host its annual Mather School alumni celebration and bell-ringing ceremony Feb. 25 in the MacLean Hall Student Center on the Beaufort campus, 921 Ribaut Road.

Refreshments will be served at 12:30 p.m., and the ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m.

The Mather School was established by Rachel Crane Mather in 1868 on what is now TCL's Beaufort campus to educate the daughters of freed slaves and prepare teachers. In 1881, the school became part of the New England Baptist Missionary Association and continued educating black students until 1968, when it opened to all races. The school then became part of the S.C. Technical College System.

Those who want to attend the ceremony should call 843-525-8294 or e-mail

Conversational Spanish classes offered at USCB

Conversational Spanish courses will be offered at the University of South Carolina Beaufort's campuses in Beaufort and Bluffton and on Hilton Head Island.

Classes will run for 11 weeks and are taught once a week from 6 to 8 p.m., beginning the week of Feb. 7.

For more details or to register, go to or call Marilyn Arseneau at 843-208-8237.