Beaufort District Collection Connections Blog

September, 2010

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On September 5, 1940, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed "into law a bill directing the Library of Congress to transfer to the Beaufort [Township] library 'books of the same value as those taken by the United States Army when it defeated Confederate forces along the South Carolina coast' during the Civil War. The squabbling with the US government about recompense for the libraries confiscated by the Union Army only went on for 75 years! (I do so admire persistence as a character trait.)

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The Historical Marker Database proclaims itself as hosting “Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History.” It includes photographs, transcriptions, translations, and supplemental materials relating to each of the markers it lists from all 50 states and 14 foreign countries. One can search by ZIP code, street location, place, category, country, erector, etc. Just using the term "South Carolina" resulted in 2292 hits.

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As many of you know, the BDC focuses our limited funds and selection time to non-fiction materials about the history, culture, and environment of our part of South Carolina. But that doesn't mean we are completely hands-off when it comes to novels. We leave the promotion of local novels and fiction authors to the considerable skills of others.

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In case you haven't seen it yet:

Beaufort Lifestyle magazine interviewed Evan Thompson on his perceptions regarding the state of historic preservation in Beaufort over the last decade for its August/September 2010 issue. Thompson was executive director of Historic Beaufort Foundation from 2005 until his resignation in May 2010. He shares his discomfort with where the historic preservation movement in Beaufort County may be heading.

August, 2010

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In case you missed the fabulous session these editors did for us in the Paul Siegmund Room last September, here's another opportunity!

Editors Stephen Hoffius and Robert Cuthbert spent several years reading microfilmed newspaper backfiles studying the work of Chlotilde Martin, Beaufort based Charleston News and Courier newspaper columnist during the 1930s. A financially strapped young widow intent on providing for her family, she wrote more than 50 columns about land, economic and social transactions involving about 80 plantations in our area.

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Please join us as Beaufort native, Gloria Singleton, shares her collection of oral histories given by 50 intriguing Beaufortonians who explain why people flock to this coastal paradise inhabited by friendly folks, adorned with beautiful architecture, flanked by moss-draped oak trees.

Copies of her book, Beaufort Through the Ages, are available through our Local History sections as well as from booksellers locally and on the web. Bring your copy and she will personalize it for you!

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I added new images late Friday afternoon to our FLICKR account. We've got approximately 1/3 of the cataloged materials now in place on the 2nd floor. Click here for the slideshow.

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The general public is often unaware of just how many people rely on access to public computers at their local public library. The Office for Research and Statistics at the American Library Association has recently reported on the amount of use that library computers are getting each and every day while at the same time, funding and staffing to support library online services is diminishing. It is a trying situation as we all adjust to the new realities of the "Great Recession."

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The AM Team 2010 has two presentations planned to celebrate Archaeology Month this year:

Tues., Oct. 19th, at High Noon in the Large meeting room at Bluffton Branch Library: Mary Socci, Palmetto Bluff's resident archaeologist, will speak on "18th Century Science and Architecture at a Lowcountry Plantation." You can bring your own lunch to the presentation.

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Beaufort County Historical Society's President Pamela Ovens recently released the organization's fall schedule.

Sept. 16th at Noon -- Dave Smoot, Parris Island Museum, will discuss military medical practices during the Civil War. Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club 30 Yacht Club Drive. (An optional light lunch catered by Debbi Covington will be served at 11:30 for $10. RSVP please to Nancy Gilley 843-524-7969.)

Nov. 11th -- Speaker Kristina Dunn Johnson to discuss the history of the Beaufort US National Cemetery

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Staff from our Hilton Head Branch Library offered 5 suggestions for summer reading at the beach, including these two book by former HHI resident, Todd Ballantine. While the BDC Research Room is closed, I am borrowing freely from the work of others to keep Connections of interest to our readers.

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As noted a few days ago, the Beaufort District Collection is a hybrid entity in the cultural heritage field. The term "special library" is usually applied to a collection of library and archival materials housed within a cultural heritage institution. In the course of this entry, I'll use the term in the sense that the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), defines it.

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Kate Cerve's recent article highlighting the Treasures [Truly, folks, the copy editor meant to write "Treasures" not "Treasurers" -- that's a far different current local matter -- and one far outside the scope of the BDC!] within the BDC gives me an opportunity to pose and answer the following questions:

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It's the start of a new school year, so today I want to highlight a relatively new, and continuously evolving, resource about history, culture, and the environment in South Carolina:

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One month to launch!
BDC @ The Branches, Local History Program Schedule, September 2010

Sun., Sept. 12th “Beaufort Through the Ages”
Gloria Singleton (Author Book Talk)
BDC @ Bluffton Branch Library, Large Meeting Room,
Weekend Afternoon Program 2:00pm – 3:00pm
[Reprise in Beaufort Branch Sept. 25th in case you can’t make this one!]

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Under normal circumstances, October is a very busy time for the BDC. But October 2010 is extra busy. (There's that matter of opening a new Research Room and all attendent orientations and tours pursuant therefrom to consider, you know.) Ian Hill (Beaufort County's Historic Preservationist and the Library's stalwart partner in Archaeology Month programming) and I are scaling back a little for 2010.

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