The 150th Anniversary Commemoration continues...

... with a gala 4 day event, Dec. 1st - Dec. 4th. Lead sponsors are the Coastal Discovery Museum and the Lowcountry Civil War Roundtable. Nationally recognized experts in the history of the Civil War will be lecturing. (We're talking William C. Davis, Dr. James Robertson, Jr.and Col. Kevin Weddle, Ph.D.; Beaufort's own Dr. Larry Rowland and Dr. Stephen Wise; and Mike Coker, author of The Battle of Port Royal). Re-enactors will be on site doing their Civil War campsite activities. Watch performances by Clarence Felder and Chris Weatherhead using diaries, letters, and music from the era. Participate in the opening reception of a temporary museum exhibit on how the local area experienced the maelstrom. Find details at http://www.coastaldiscovery.org/civilwar.html. Fee.

Other historical organizations are involved as well with separately ticketed or free events. Be sure to read down the entire webpage for a vast array of Civil War related activities and events going on that weekend.

And, of course, in case you're of a mind to do some research on the Civil War, check out these lists of online resources, materials available through the Library system, or in the BDC Research Room:

Battle of Port Royal, 1861
Mitchelville
Life and Legacy of Robert Smalls
Missionary Teachers to the Freedmen
Selective Materials on the United States Colored Troops

Penn Center, a sister cultural heritage agency, has posted a short pdf on a sesquicentennial themed tour of their facilities and holdings online.

Grace's Bottom Line: There are plenty of opportunities - at all price points -- for you and yours to learn how the Civil War and Reconstruction history of this place and its people is different than the Civil War and Reconstruction history of any other place in this country. Embrace the uniqueness!

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
 
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.