Picturing America

Look up and at the end of the book shelves when you walk through the doors of the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott Street.

The National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association teamed up to offer "Picturing America" grant to schools and libraries throughout the country. "Picturing America" lets us engage with our cultural heritage, politics, and history in a new way. From Native American baskets to iconic photographs, presidential portraits to 17th century silver teapots, landscapes to bridges, the arts selected cover the entire American experience. The online component of Picturing America supplements the posters on display throughout the Beaufort Branch Library.

Amanda Brewer, one of the Beaufort Branch Reference Librarians, did the paperwork to get the Picturing America materials.

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.