Beaufort District Collection Connections Blog

February, 2012

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Aunt Pearlie Sue - Saturday, February 4th 2:00pm, Beaufort Branch 

The venue is rather small so space is limited. First come; first seated. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the scheduled show time. This may be the one time when you don't want to observe "lowcountry time!"

For images from some of the New Harmonies programs, click here.

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The Ancestry Insider just posted how all you genealogists out there can gain free online access to some of the sessions at the RootsTech Family History and Technology Conference being held in Salt Lake City tomorrow through Saturday, Feb. 4th. Click here to learn more.

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Just a reminder: The Friends of the Beaufort County Library's Books Sandwiched In and the Friends of the Hilton Head Library's Book Breaks continue throughout February. And if you'd rather view than read, the Friends of the Hilton Head Library offers a Film Series on Saturday afternoons until March 8th.

January, 2012

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Beaufort County Library starts our celebration of Black History Month with three presentations the first week of February. Two are related to the Smithsonian's New Harmonies exhibit (which leaves Sat., Feb. 4th.)

For images of some of the programs thus far, click here.

Wed., Feb. 1st

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Happy Birthday! Jasper County just turned 100 years old. Jasper County, after years of petition, was carved from Beaufort and Hampton Counties on January 30, 1912 and became South Carolina's 44th of 46 counties at 1:55pm.

Here is a transcription of the Beaufort Gazette newspaper item "Jaspar [sic], New Baby County."

Jaspar, [sic] New Baby County.

Governor Signs Act Creating Forth-Fourth County.

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Although the New Harmonies exhibit must soon be packed and sent away, it's still on display through Fri., Feb. 4th. If you haven't seen it yet, please do drop by. The exhibit is open when the Beaufort Branch Library is open for business. Who knows when Beaufort County Library will be awarded another such fine exhibit to share with our community?!

In February we have two New Harmonies/Local History related programs for your listening, learning, and entertainment!

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Q: Notice something new in the "Virtual BDC" drop-down box?

A: You can now get to the Lucille Hasell Culp Collection: A Celebration of Beaufort, South Carolina directly from the Library's homepage. (While you're there, feel free to make comments or share your memories. Just be aware that any comments you make may re-appear elsewhere in cyberspace.)

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Reminder: We're upgrading to PastPerfect 5.0 on Monday, Jan. 23rd. The Research Room computer will be offline during the installation process. This means that customers won't have access to Ancestry Library Edition nor to the catalog to do their own searches.

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Visitors to the Research Room usually have access to a computer for searching the catalog and/or Ancestry Library Edition. An exception to this standing practice will occur on Monday, Jan. 23rd.

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The mission of the Beaufort District Collection is to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture and environment of the area of lowcountry South Carolina once known as the old historic Beaufort District. In these stringently close economic times, donations of appropriate research materials are particularly helpful.

We are very grateful to all the generous individuals and organizations who helped us meet our mission in 2011.

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Beaufort County Library system has three Friends of the Library groups. Each group is independent. Each group has its special projects and ways in which it supports one or more component of the library system. On tap for the spring are two book series and a film series.

The Friends of the Beaufort County Library have begun their 2012 Books Sandwiched In series.

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The Library was fortunate to have received the Lucille Hasell Culp Collection in April 2007. For the past 4 years, staff, docents, and a SC SHRAB grant funded photographs archivist have completed various tasks to get us to the point where we could upload a selection of 300 of the best and most significant images to share.

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To celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 16th, we suggest one item of particular local historical interest. Many folks are not aware that King used to visit Penn Center for respite from his public political activities campaigning for Civil Rights during the 1960s. For information about his visits to our area, please check out I will not be silent and I will be heard: Martin Luther King Jr., the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Penn Center, 1964-1967 by J. Tracy Power available at all our Beaufort, Bluffton, Hilton Head, and St.

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Dan Huff, musician, and music historian, will offer a presentation on the gospel, jazz, and blues roots of our African American culture which has contributed to our rich American musical heritage.

Tuesday, January 17th Lecture: “African American Contributions to Music” by Dan Huff 1- 3 p.m. at University of South Carolina Beaufort, Auditorium, 801 Carteret Street

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Programs related to the New Harmonies exhibit on display at Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott Street continue. Penn Center is holding its Community Sing, Sun., January 15th beginning at 6:30pm in Frissell House. Local gospel choirs will sing traditional spirituals in a community sing-along.

You're welcomed to join in - if you'd like to participate.

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Now that the clamor of the holidays is behind us, come get refreshed by immersing yourself in the sounds of music.

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