Make Plans : Archaeology Month Series (October)

You may recall that for the past 5 years or so, the Library and Beaufort County Planning have put together some programs on whatever the SCIAA Archaeology Month theme of the year happened to be. Thus, we've covered Military archaeology, Native American archaeology, the connection between the lowcountry and the Caribbean archaeology, etc. Well, we are at it again. 

Ian Hill, Historic Preservationist, County Planning and I have teamed together with Historic Beaufort Foundation and USC-B to sponsor a series of 6 programs in observance of Archaeology Month 2009.

SCIAA (South Carolina Institute of Anthropology and Archaeology) has selected "The African American Experience" as the 2009 theme.

We're offering a variety of programs -- all free -- all designed to be enjoyable to anyone with an interest in archaeology, architecture, history, African-American culture, slave resistance or genealogy over the age of 12 years -- at various times of day -- on various days of the week -- and at 5 different venues -- to celebrate. Thus, you will have a hard time not coming to at least one of the offerings:

“Trying to Capture a Culture,” Discussion with film-maker, Teresa Bruce
Tues., Oct. 6, 6 - 7:30pm
Beaufort District Collection, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 2nd floor

“Slave Architecture in Beaufort,” Evan Thompson
Thurs., Oct. 8, 6:00 - 7:30pm
County Council Chambers, 1000 Ribaut Road, Beaufort

“Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Heritage Corridor,” Emory Campbell
Tues., Oct. 13, 1:00 - 2:00pm
Hilton Head Branch Library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island

“My Family History Research in Black and White,” Barbara Carter
Sat., Oct. 17, 1:00 - 2:00pm
Beaufort District Collection, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 2nd floor

“African-American Genealogy Workshop,” Grace Cordial
Sun., Oct. 25, 2:00 - 4:00pm (RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 757-1537)
Bluffton Branch Library, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton

“Maroon Communities,” Dr. Timothy Lockley
Tues., Oct. 27, 1:00 - 2:30pm
Performing Arts Center, 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort

By far, this is the most ambitious series of programs that I've help put together during my tenure as manager of the Beaufort District Collection. [I can hardly believe that I've been here more than a decade now!] Your participation in one or more programs will be most appreciated.

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.