2019 Keynote Address

For the 2019 Annual Meeting of the SC Historical Association we are pleased to welcome South Carolina native 

VICTORIA SMALLS to deliver the keynote address. 

A native of St. Helena Island, SC, Victoria recently joined the Reconstruction Beaufort team as the Project Director. The project is dedicated to uncovering and telling the untold stories of the long ignored but important chapter of American history known as Reconstruction. 

For more than 15 years, as a cultural preservationist and public educator within schools and museums, Victoria has gained an appreciation and passion for learning and sharing all that she can about Reconstruction Era history and Gullah Geechee culture. Victoria serves as a commissioner with the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission and the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor


Previously, Victoria served as the Program Manager to plan the building of the $85 million International African American Museum in Charleston, SC due to open in 2021.  She also served as Director of History, Art and Culture for more than five years at the Penn Center—Penn School National Historic Landmark District on St. Helena Island, SC.  Victoria is also an accomplished visual artist, who has created and sold her work professionally for 16 years, has exhibited nationally in art galleries and museums. Victoria and her family now live in Beaufort, SC.

2019 SCHA Keynote Address

"Telling the Untold Stories: Reconstruction Era in South Carolina"