Beaufort District Collection Connections Blog

March, 2011

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As you are likely aware the BDC Research Room is usually open Mondays through Fridays 10 am until 5 pm. But sometimes we have to make adjustments to comply with federal labor laws for hourly employees. Well, sometimes starts today!

The BDC Research Room is closed for lunch, Noon to 1 pm, March 8 - 25. (We have to comply with Federal labor laws you know!)

Regular hours of operation will resume Monday, March 28th.

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National Library Week is fast approaching.

The Beaufort County Library, in cooperation with the County Channel, will give our customers the opportunity to share their perceptions of how well (or not) the Beaufort County Library has met its responsibility to provide our community with materials, programs, and services which educate, entertain, and improve one's life. The end result will be a documentary about the Library and how well (or not) it meets community needs.

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March is celebrated as National Women’s History Month. According to the National Women's History Project:

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As you are likely aware the BDC Research Room is usually open Mondays through Fridays 10 am until 5 pm. But sometimes we have to make adjustments to comply with federal labor laws for hourly employees. Well, sometimes is almost upon us!

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"Photos for Future Generations"
Sandy Dimke
Wed., Mar. 23rd
6:00pm - 7:00 pm
Old BDC Room, Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott Street

Dimke successfully documented what Beaufort is like today, by photographing the “hands” of over 100 people in town. Her exhibit was sponsored by the Beaufort Three-Century Project. In fact, you may have seen it in the Upstairs Gallery (just outside the new BDC Research Room back in December) at the Beaufort County Library or more recently in the Beaufort City Town Hall.

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The Library system emphasizes our holdings about African American history annually in February. However, the BDC makes it a practice to always collect and share our holdings on the role of African Americans in the history, culture, and environment of this wonderful place in which we live. What makes Beaufort District unique is the integral contribution that African Americans have made in and to this place over the past 300 years.

Here's a recap of what the Beaufort District Collection did to celebrate African American History during February:

February, 2011

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Well meaning missionary teachers, white and black, male and female, journeyed to Port Royal (what the Union called all the area surrounding Port Royal Sound) to help the newly freed slaves learn to read and write.

The image above from our holdings shows a group of ten teachers (among them: Miner, Mrs. Harris, Armstrong, Cahoun, Colburn, H.C. Bullard, Mitchell, Jenners, King and Foote).

William Reed who donated these images to the Beaufort Township Library (our predecessor institution) wrote:

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Wed., Mar. 23rd, 6 pm - BDC @ Beaufort Branch – Photographer Sandy Dimke will explain how to make your family photographs more reflective of your life and times – so that 100 years from now they’ll still be interesting!

Library Open House is Sat., Apr. 16th. (Don’t know what precisely what the BDC staff will be doing or where we might be yet, but as soon as I know, I’ll share with you).

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In 1877 the State of South Carolina began to offer pensions to destitute former Confederate soldiers and their widows. Terms were restrictive and the process was completely revamped in 1919. Unfortunately, few applications for Confederate pensions under any of the pre-1919 acts survive either at the state or local level.

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As you are likely aware the BDC Research Room is usually open Mondays through Fridays 10 am until 5 pm. But sometimes we have to make adjustments to comply with federal labor laws for hourly employees. Well, sometimes is coming soon!

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Black History Month 2011 is themed "African Americans in the Civil War."

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While it is often difficult to uncover written documentation about slave ancestors, it is not always impossible. Having a plan, being logical and systematic, learning what resources might be available and locating those that are extant, in short - following the process, and paying attention to clues in written records or oral histories - can illuminate your family history.

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In honor of the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Beaufort, the Friends of the Beaufort County Library is highlighting books on local history and people in the Books Sandwiched In series.

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The Archaeology Society of SC/Hilton Head Chapter will host Dr. Eric Poplin of Brockington and Associates Mt. Pleasant office on Wed., Feb. 16th at the Discovery House of the Coastal Discovery Museum. His topic is the recent data recovery excavations at the 1710s-1920s Combahee ferry site. The ferry on the Combahee was a crucial component of the I-95 of its day.

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An aspect of the "Virtual BDC" that gets overlooked too often is the "Local History Treasures Brought to You by the Beaufort District Collection" section found on the Library's Recommended Reading Page.

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Recently I was honored to serve on the Beaufort Gazette panel selecting the "Nine Most Influential Beaufortonians" to celebrate Beaufort's 300th birthday on January 17th. It was very difficult to pare down 27 original nominees to 9 finalists. One of the original 27, Kate Gleason, is the topic of the next Beaufort County Historical Society meeting on Feb. 10th.

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