Natalie Hefter , President
Natalie Hefter has been working for the Coastal Discovery Museum since the spring of 1997. As the Vice President of Programs, Hefter manages the education and exhibit segments of the museum’s programs, including its permanent and temporary exhibit installations at Historic Honey Horn. In addition, she has provided history programs to civic and social clubs, schools, Elderhostels and visitors, relating the unique history of this area. Hefter also assists in other areas of the museum operations including fundraising and grant writing. In 1998, Natalie assembled nearly 200 photographs of the history of Hilton Head Island and a timeline. "Images of America: Hilton Head Island" was published by Arcadia publishers.
Prior to her work at the Coastal Discovery Museum, Hefter was a graduate research assistant at the University of South Carolina. She researched the history of the Historic Charleston Foundation for the book: "Historic Preservation in a Living City: The Legacy of Historic Charleston Foundation". She also acted as the assistant for a two-week long historic preservation field study in Charleston. In addition, she researched the history of the McLeod farmstead in Seabrook, South Carolina and completed its nomination to the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.
Natalie graduated from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in May of 1994 with a B.A. in Art History. In the spring of 2000, she received a M.A. in Applied History with a concentration in Historic Preservation from the University of South Carolina. Hefter’s Master’s thesis addressed the history of Hilton Head Island. Also, she has participated in historic preservation field schools in Venice, Italy; Yorkshire, England; and Charleston, South Carolina.
Natalie is a 2002 graduate of the Hilton Head Island – Bluffton Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership program and served for four years on its Board of Regents and served as co-chair of the Junior Leadership Program. She has also served as the co-chair of the Chamber of Commerce’s Arts and Culture committee and as a board member for the Heritage Library Foundation. She is the Past President of the Hilton Head Island Audubon Society, and an officer of the South Carolina Federation of Museums. Hefter also serves on Beaufort County’s Historic Preservation Commission.