BDC Local History Programs Return in August

After a hiatus in July, the Beaufort District Collection returns with two programs during the dog days of August, one on a Saturday and the other during the evening to encourage attendance of families and working folks.

Saturday, August 9th: You may have heard the news about recent discovery of a shipwreck that might be - or might not be - the remains of "Robert Smalls's the Planter." (We share pride in the character and achievements of our native son Robert Smalls with Charleston.) Dr. Nicholas Butler, Public Historian, Charleston County Public Library shares contemporary evidence about the ultimate fate of the steamship Planter. Free. Open to anyone over age 12 interested in attending. This BDC@ St. Helena Branch local history program begins at 1 pm.

Thursday, August 28th: In commemoration of the 121st anniversary of the storm that almost destroyed Beaufort and killed thousands, I'm doing a revised version of "'Tide of Death:' The Sea Island Hurricane of 1893." (We take the comments on the evaluation sheets seriously.) I will share first person accounts and rare materials from our holdings about the night that death came to call. This free BDC@ Beaufort Branch Local History Program is open to anyone over age 12 interested in attending. Program starts at 6 pm.

We hope to see you at one - or even better - both of these BDC local history programs!

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.