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USC Beaufort Hilton Head campus at 1 Sand Shark Drive (adjacent 21 Office Park Road), Hilton Head Island, SC

One of Beaufort County’s loosely-kept secrets is the significant role it has played throughout our country’s history. In this class, we’ll explore a largely forgotten episode in our Lowcountry past, the Battle of Port Royal Sound, as discussed in Susan Diamond Riley’s mystery novel The Sea Island’s Secret.

A major turning point in the Civil War, the events that engulfed our local area on this single day in November 1861 changed the course of American history and set a new precedent for the treatment of former slaves throughout our country. Copies of The Sea Island Secret will be available for sale and signing following the class.


This two-hour presentation is open to Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) members and requires advance registration through the USC Beaufort OLLI website: (Registration opens on 1/14/20) This program will be held in the OLLI classroom at the USC Beaufort Hilton Head campus at 1 Sand Shark Drive (adjacent 21 Office Park Road), Hilton Head Island, SC.

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About our Presenter:

Susan Diamond Riley is an award-winning author and editor, and a general lover of books. She has worked in the fields of publishing, journalism, and education for more than 30 years, and has taught and tutored writing at the middle-, high-school, and college levels. She holds a Master of Arts degree in children’s literature, and is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and the Island Writers Network. She lives and writes on Hilton Head Island with her husband and fellow adventurer, Steve, and their spoiled Weimaraner pup, Pippa.

This program and others like this would not be possible without your financial help for which, as always, Pat Conroy Literary Center gratefully thanks you.
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