Beaufort District Collection Connections Blog

October, 2010

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Representing Archaeology Month Team 2010, Ian Hill, the County's Historic Preservationist, and I accepted the Beaufort County Council's proclamation that October is "Archaeology Month" yesterday.

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Longtime Island Packet columnist, David Lauderdale, visited the new Research Room yesterday -- and lived to write about it in yesterday's paper. Read "Library Gives Beaufort history the respect it deserves."

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With the researcher's permission to share her interest with our readers:

An example of how researcher can use archives ...

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I am proud to announce that the Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the BDC set for Tuesday, Oct. 12th at 5:30pm is full. We cannot take any more folks for it. However, slots remain for the Saturday, Oct. 23rd tour at 2:00 pm if you can do that session.

Please call Charmaine at 255-6468 or e-mail her at cseabrook@bcgov.net to reserve a slot for the Saturday offering.

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who left the Battery Creek High School annuals for 1975, 1979 and 1980 at the Beaufort Branch Reference Desk for me to pick up:

Dear Sir:

Thank you.

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Those records that have been selected for permanent preservation because of their value are called archives. Also, the room or building which houses the collection of historical records are termed archives.

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Archives require that certain environmental and storage conditions are met and maintained 24/7/365. The renovation of the Paul Siegmund Room to receive and house the Beaufort District Collection happened because of a collaboration of Beaufort County Council, the Friends of the Beaufort County Library, and private donations to the Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County earmarked specifically for the BDC relocation to ensure that we could meet and maintain the accepted standards for archival collections.

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It seems to me that people get more interested in school once they are out of it!

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An historical record today can be on any medium—paper, tape, microforms, photograph, or electronic/digital—that has served to record a historically significant function, activity, or event. At this very moment, records are being created that will yield valuable information to South Carolina’s citizens and government officials fifty, one hundred, or two hundred years from now. In most cases, these records have significance beyond the immediate reason for their creation and use.

September, 2010

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The Grand Re-Opening last evening was a resounding success. The folks who braved the rain (and the parking kiosk) seemed to have a great time getting introduced to our new Research Room. I heard appropriate "oohs" and "aahhs" about the smooth operation of the compact shelving array, too.

Special thanks go to Beloved BDC docents, Hugh Folk, Harriet Rahm, and Laura Lewis for helping Charmaine and me conduct the tours.

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The new and improved Beaufort District Collection opens to the public tomorrow morning at 10 am. The Research Room will be open Mondays through Fridays, 10 am until 5 pm -- except when we can't be -- as on declared County holidays, unscheduled mandatory hurricane evacuations, staff in-service days, or reduction in schedules on account of insufficient staff to offer customer service.

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At long last, the Beaufort District Collection Research Room opens for business, Thursday, September 30th at 10 am.

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We're in the final countdown to the new BDC Grand Opening on Sept. 30th, and the "Microfilm Shuffle" has begun.

As I promised, the microfilm holdings are the last major collection to move. In effect, we are creating 3 microfilm collections out of 2 sites in order to better reflect actual customer use of our Library microfilm holdings -- and to save money for other library materials purchases drawn from our County allotment to the Library system.

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September 17 has been designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia on September 17, 1787.

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The BDC @ The Branches series is crossing the Chowan Creek Bridge next week.

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T'is the season for tours of historic structures and sites! Sister cultural heritage organizations in Beaufort County sponsor these fund-raisers. Perhaps one (or more) of them will suit your particular interests perfectly.

Historic Beaufort Foundation Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens is being held October 22, 23, and 24th. The online brochure gives you additional information about the sites and how to purchase your ticket.

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