Beaufort District Collection Connections Blog

December, 2011

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To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Skirmish at the Port Royal Ferry, we share this posting of from the New York Times dated January 7, 1862.

To find out more about the image from the Library of Congress at the head of this entry, click here.

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Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition is collaborating with us - twice - to provide supplemental programming for the Smithsonian's Traveling exhibit, New Harmonies. New Harmonies is on display in Beaufort Branch Library from Dec. 17th, 2011 - Feb. 4th, 2012.

Watch the "New Harmonies" segment with Queen Quet and Amanda Brewer from the Gullah/Geechee TV Nayshun News here.

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Librarians love to select "best" books, videos, databases, websites, etc. It's part of what we do: select and acquire "best" materials for our customers. On December 7th, the Library Journal posted an article entitled "Best Databases 2011." Beaufort County Library provides several of the highlighted databases for our customers.

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Good news! Good news! The long awaited and lauded New Harmonies Exhibit opens this Saturday, December 17th! Join us and enjoy an afternoon of live music and to explore the New Harmonies exhibit. Grand Opening Ceremony for New Harmonies will be held from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott Street. The afternoon will feature local performers Vic Varner, Beek Webb, Kirk Demspey, Queen Quet, and Crosstuned. Ribbon cutting begins at 2 PM. Admission is free.

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Beaufort Branch Library's Lunch & Listen music series concludes Mon., Dec. 12th with a return visit of Chris Jones, who will give a high energy performance showcasing guitar playing styles of iconic guitar players.

Bring your own lunch (or buy one at the Outtakes Cafe) to the USCB Performing Arts Center from Noon to 1 pm and enjoy this free concert. Everyone is welcomed.

This fall's Lunch & Listen series has been brought to you by Beaufort Branch Library and the USCB Performing Arts Center.

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Don't forget this free ALE webinar available at your home or office computer:

Mon., Dec. 12, 2011 2:00 pm Ancestry Library Edition (ALE) - US Focus

Go to http://proquest.com/en-US/support/training/webinars.shtml and click on “Genealogy” for the webinar list and to register for a session.

If you have any trouble with home or office access to the training sessions for ALE, contact Linda Cubias, MLIS, Supervisor, Customer Education & Training office +1 704 947 8170 mobile +1 240 672 5695 or linda.cubias@proquest.com.

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Based on her Civil War experience, who established the Red Cross?

1. Clara Barton
2. Florence Nightingale
3. Margaret Sanger
4. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Of course, the answer is 1. Clara Barton.

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Dear All, It is with deep sadness that I must share that my e-mail system has imploded. Your request for assistance may have been decimated by that system failure.

If you have sent anything electronic to my account gracec@bcgov.net on or before November 30th, that request for assistance or information has vanished into cyberspace. Please e-mail that request to my assistant at cseabrook@bcgov.net. Her account appears to be working properly. We want to assist you if our resources can help.

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Disappointed by Black Friday, Shop Small Saturday, and Cyber Monday? Still looking for that perfect gift for your history buff? Here are a few online retailers connected to cultural heritage organizations that might be worth a look-see:

November, 2011

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New Harmonies is almost here -- and the excitement is growing day by day! 

New Harmonies is a traveling exhibit created by the Smithsonian Institution that will be on display at the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott Street from December 17, 2011 through February 4, 2012.

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... with a gala 4 day event, Dec. 1st - Dec. 4th. Lead sponsors are the Coastal Discovery Museum and the Lowcountry Civil War Roundtable. Nationally recognized experts in the history of the Civil War will be lecturing. (We're talking William C. Davis, Dr. James Robertson, Jr.and Col. Kevin Weddle, Ph.D.; Beaufort's own Dr. Larry Rowland and Dr. Stephen Wise; and Mike Coker, author of The Battle of Port Royal). Re-enactors will be on site doing their Civil War campsite activities.

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A decade or so ago (yes, I've been here that long), a Beaufort District Collection Room customer got very annoyed with me upon learning that the wreck of the Queen Anne's Revenge was in that other Beaufort (the one pronounced Bo fert) in North Carolina. He was most definitely in the wrong state. Although Blackbeard plied these waters, he was captured and killed off Beaufort, NC 293 years ago today.

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The topic of the Civil War has been all around us since April. Recently there has been a bevy of programs, symposiums, exhibits, etc. all relating to some aspect of the Civil War in this blog. Why? Because even though the Civil War officially ended 146 years ago, it is ever present in the minds of many Americans. Let's suppose, though, that you are of a more academic bent and want to delve deeper than a short lecture, or a quick run-through of an exhibit or display can provide:

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Beaufort County Historical Society, the oldest history related organization in Beaufort County, hosts Kristine Dunn Johnson, author of No Holier Spot of Ground: Confederate Monuments and Cemeteries of South Carolina on Thurs., Nov. 10th. She will also share some of the history of the Beaufort US National Cemetery.

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Yesterday, 35 people attended our BDC@The Branches program for the Bluffton Branch History Book Club session on The Great Sea Island Storm by Bill and Fran Marscher. We even had some folks sitting in the hall. Bratton DeLoach and I were delighted to have such a crowd! I showed images of some of our BDC holdings relating to the Hurricane of 1893 that devastated this area - and now everyone who came knows that I don't think much of our former governor, Benjamin Tillman.

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