Scheduled to open sometime in 2025, the CDM’s “Santa Elena Exhibit: The Story of America’s Lost Century” will present the narrative of daily life and interactions of Santa Elena, featuring artifacts that include fragments of gold embroidered cloth worn by nobility, complete blue and white vessels preserved during the firing process when a pottery kiln collapsed, a horseshoe fragment, a dugout canoe once used by local Native Americans, and other pre- and post-contact artifacts. Visitors of the exhibition will be able to view a 3D digital interactive reconstruction of the original Fort San Marcos at Santa Elena, a result of remote mapping technology in 2016 that identified buildings, churches, plazas, and other features. Santa Elena, founded in 1566 by Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, was once a strategic Spanish outpost during the 16th century, established to expand its empire and counter French efforts in the region. The site, considered to be the first capital of Spanish Florida, is located on present-day Paris Island, South Carolina; however, the Santa Elena Exhibit is at the CDM, located on Hilton Head Island. To learn more about the Santa Elena Exhibit, go to