In Memoriam

A few weeks ago, Walter Dennis passed over into eternity. It is fitting that Walter's body is resting among his fellow veterans at the Beaufort National Cemetery. David Lauderdale, columnist for the Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette writes far more eloquently than I can about Walter's contributions to our community. I just know that through the years, Walter and I spent more than a few convivial hours talking about his research documenting African-American history, his love of cooking, and poetry.

Over the years, Walter was very generous in donating copies of his work to the Library. Because Walter wrote non-fiction about the people, places, food, and culture of our area, many of his works qualified for inclusion in the library's "Forever Collection." Therefore we have more than 20 titles of his poetry volumes and cookbooks. A few also circulate through our Local History sections, including I don't like Oatmeal (HHI); Fried Grits (BEA, HHI); and Stone Soup Cook Book (BEA).

Drop by and we'll be happy to share his work with you. The BDC is open Mondays through Fridays, 10 am until 5 pm.

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.