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Sullivan’s Island, SC – Fort Sumter National Monument officials announce the public program schedule for the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin launch in South Carolina. The quarter features a scene from Fort Moultrie, a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument.  This event is the last major National Park Service Centennial event for Fort Sumter National Monument. Programs will begin Wednesday, November 16 and continue through Thursday, November 17. All events will be held at Fort Moultrie, located at 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482. A complete list of programs, including times and specific locations, is listed below.

Coin Forum
Wednesday, November 16 at 6:00 pm; meet at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center Auditorium

The coin forum is an opportunity for the public to express their views about future coinage, and learn about upcoming United States Mint coin programs and initiatives.

Fort Moultrie Quarter Launch
Thursday, November 17 at 10:30 am; meet on the field behind historic Fort Moultrie

Representatives of the National Park Service and United States Mint will officially launch the America the Beautiful Quarters® Program coin honoring Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument). Music by the Plantation Signers and Lorraine White will accompany the program, The Citadel Color Guard will present the nation’s colors, and National Park Service living historians will fire a salute using reproduction muskets.

Coin Exchange
Immediately following the ceremony, visitors may go to the South State bank tent which will be in the field for the coin exchange. Visitors must bring CASH ONLY in $10.00 increments from $10.00 to $100.00 to exchange for rolls of the new Fort Moultrie (Fort Sumter National Monument) quarter. quarter.   

Sergeant William Jasper: An Enigmatic Hero
Thursday, November 17 at 12:00 pm; meet at the Fort Moultrie Visitor Center Auditorium

Dr. Nicholas Butler, Charleston County Public Library Historian, will present a profile of the enigmatic Sergeant, his life, death, and legacy.

Interpretive Programs
Thursday, November 17 at 1:00, 2:00, & 3:00 pm; meet inside historic Fort Moultrie

Join national park rangers and learn about Sgt. Jasper, the Second South Carolina Infantry, and the palmetto log fort where they defended Charleston Harbor against British invasion on June 28, 1776.

Visitor Information:
• Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and carpool, overflow parking will be available.
• Seating is limited; visitors may bring a chair or blanket.
• Ceremony will happen outside rain or shine. Visitors should plan appropriately with rain gear or sunscreen/hats.
• Visitors may want to bring insect repellant and/or refillable water bottles

About Fort Moultrie: Added as a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument in 1960, Fort Moultrie preserves the story of the first major victory by patriot forces during the American Revolution and the evolution of American Sea Coastal Defense over the next 171 years. The site is open daily from 9:00-5:00 and includes a visitor center with museum exhibits and an orientation film. Normally, an entrance fee of $3 for adults and $1 for senior citizens is charged for the park. Visit us at www.nps.gov/FortSumter, on Facebook www.facebook.com/FtSumterNPS, Twitter www.twitter.com/FtSumterNPS, and Instagram www.Instagram.com/FtSumterNPS.
About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 413 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. This year, 2016, marks the Centennial of the National Park Service. To celebrate, the National Park Service is working on new ways to help connect visitors to parks and help them find their parks. Visit us at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice and Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice.

Interested in visiting Fourt Moultrie or Fort Sumter? Visit your local AAA Travel office for hotel accommodations and route information.

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