Beaufort District Collection Connections Blog

January, 2011

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Happy New Year! Please resolve to spend more time exploring the vast array of services, materials, and programs that the Beaufort County Library offers.

I Resolve To...

Register for a Beaufort County Library card.

Visit a Branch Library and browse the shelves for books, DVDs, and recordings to interest me.

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Folks throughout the lowcountry attend watch services to celebrate the Emancipation Proclamation 148 years ago today. (The digital image of page 1 of the original Emancipation Proclamation illustrating this entry is from the National Archives).

December, 2010

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Hunting Island State Park and the Friends of Hunting Island offer you a third opportunity to experience the Lowcountry's version of the polar bear plunges.
Brave the cold.

Get invigorated.

Support the Discover Carolina program for our local schools.

Read more.

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South Carolina State University Criminal Justice professor Gisell White-Perry worked several years doing the research necessary to learn more about a relatively unknown former slave who held public office in Beaufort County during the Reconstruction period. Her tenacity has been rewarded with the publication of an article, "In Freedom's Shadow" in the Fall issue of Prologue.

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Connections got a comment from Don who supplied a link to information in UNC's "Documenting the American South" website about the proceedings of the Secession Convention in South Carolina. He wrote:

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Pierre McGowan tells a humorous little Christmas tale in Gullah Mailman that is apropos for today:

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Hilton Head, SC: The Archaeology Society of SC/Hilton Head Chapter will be holding their second annual archaeological artifact identification day. The "What the Heck is it?" program will be held Saturday, January 22, 2011 at the Discovery House, Coastal Discovery Museum on Honey Horn Plantation. This year there will be one afternoon session, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM.

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Getting back to highlighting materials in the "Christmas in Beaufort District Through the Years" display case:

John Greenleaf Whittier wrote "Hymn: Sung at Christmas By The Scholars Of St. Helena's Island, S. C. 1863" at the behest of missionary teacher, Charlotte Forten.

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In honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Signing of the South Carolina Ordinance of Secession:

South Carolina was the first state to formally secede from the United States, spurred on by several native fire-eating Beaufortonians.

The 150th Anniversary of the signing of the South Carolina Ordinance of Secession today officially kicks off the Sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War.

We have a facsimile of the Ordinance of Secession in the BDC Research Room.

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Ready or not: here they come — the dreaded (or perhaps long awaited) annual Christmas cards and letters from your relatives and friends.

Believe it or not: There is even a virtual Postcard and Greeting Card museum that has a section about the history Christmas cards.

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Descriptions of the holiday season in Beaufort from can be found in some of the published recollections and manuscript diaries we hold in trust for the community. We recommend:

Letters from Port Royal, 1862-1868 edited by Elizabeth Ware Pearson

This is a collection of letters written by missionaries and teachers connected to the New-England Educational Commission for Freedmen. Learn about some Gullah cultural practices at Christmas time. Check this book out from our branch libraries Local History Sections.

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Baynard Woods delivered copies of his book, Coffin Point: The Strange Cases of Sheriff Ed McTeer yesterday morning; Technical Services put a serious asap rush on the processing; a dozen copies are in the BCL system this morning.

Now that's great customer service!

Drop by any branch local history collection -- call number LH B MCTEER -- to pick up a copy -- OR reserve one online through the "My Account" feature of the SC LENDS catalog.


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Turnout on Tuesday for the final BDC Local History program of 2010 Coffin Point: The Strange Cases of Sheriff Ed McTeer presented by author Baynard Woods was great! 94 folks, aged 3 to 83 (perhaps beyond), spent a very enjoyable evening learning more Beaufort County's most famous lawman and "White Witchdoctor."

The County Channel recorded the session for broadcast. Once I get notification of the broadcast schedule, I'll be sure to share it with you.

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A short note about our holiday schedule:

All Beaufort County Library branches will be closed Dec. 23rd, 24th, and Dec. 25th.

From Sunday, December 26th through Thursday, December 30th all branches will observe regular hours of operation. Consult the Hours and Locations on our library website for specifics.

Beaufort County government offices, including all departments of the Beaufort County Library, will be closed Friday, December 31st and Saturday, Jan. 1st.

Have a safe and happy holiday season.

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Just another reminder that the Final BDC@The Branches Local History Program for 2010 is upon us!

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The Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette ran a story in Thursday's issue about the upcoming Beaufort District Collection program Coffin Point: The Strange Cases of Sheriff Ed McTeer without once mentioning that it's a BDC/Library program! How can this be?

Maybe the reporter was confused by the location of the program.

Here's why we're holding this particular BDC @ The Branches local history program in County Council Chambers:

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