The Second Founding of America: Reconstruction Beaufort, is an expansive national collaboration of scholars, educators, public officials, visual and performing artists and community leaders whose common purpose is to uncover and teach the untold stories, and correct the mistold stories, of the Reconstruction Era during and the following the Civil War.
Through collaborative efforts with the National Park Service and other Reconstruction related initiatives, it is a work of extraordinary scale but one that promises fresh insights into American History that can give us a greater understanding of our past and our present so we can create a better future by fulfilling the yet to be achieved promises of freedom, equality and justice for all.
Ongoing Initiatives 2020-2021
I. "Friend of the Reconstruction Era National Historical Park & Network” - - soliciting funds for specific projects, restoring additional physical sites to be included, organizing events, public forums, recruiting volunteers, establishing virtual tours and generating other means of support.
II. “The Reconstruction Educators Network” -- recruiting, providing professional development training, networking opportunities for teachers, creating and sustaining a resource center (“Teaching Reconstruction” website) for featuring primary and secondary resources, lesson plans, student projects, scholarly works and other resources helpful to classroom teachers.
III. “Finding and Sharing Common Ground” – Grassroots campaign, that identifies untold stories, leverages stories of Reconstruction and the Reconstruction Era National Historical Park & Network into community conversations about diversity, equality and justice and an end to racism in America while encouraging policy makers to integrate Reconstruction History history taught in our schools.