Library News & Notes

Celebrating 450 Years of Local History

On May 17, 1562, a daring Huguenot sea captain, Jean Ribaut (aka Ribault) landed on Parris Island and established the first French colony in North America. Fewer than 30 settlers quickly erected a wooden bastion that they named Charlesfort (1562-1563). The settlement soon fell upon hard times due to inexperience, repercussions from religious strife in England and France, and poor relations with the Native Americans. Despairing of help, most of the Frenchmen set sail for home with little in the way of supplies.Read More...

Robert Smalls and The Planter

150 years ago yesterday, May 13, 1862, around 3:00 am, Beaufort's native son, Robert Smalls, a slave owned by John McKee, planned, executed, and piloted The Planter, a converted cotton steamer, through Confederate lines surrounding Charleston Harbor to the U.S.S. Onward, a federal ship and surrendered the vessel.

Admiral Samuel Francis DuPont was very favorably impressed and wrote the following to U.S. Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles:Read More...

Why the BDC Keeps Historical Vertical Files

Beaufort County has more than a few Chamber of Commerce groups at the present time. Each one has its own mission, governorship, constituency and controversies. Some groups are affiliated with the U. S. Chamber of Commerce. Some are not. Some of the groups have been around more than half a century. Several groups have been founded within the past decade. One group south of the Broad River is in the process of getting started. Some groups have a complex structure of committees and sub-committees while others are controlled more directly by their Executive Director and Boards.Read More...

Choose Privacy Week

Privacy is a particularly slippery and amorphous issue, about which people hold a wide variety of opinions and beliefs, particularly in the post-9-11 world in which we live.

Libraries and library workers think about privacy issues a lot - and want our customers to think critically about privacy issues, too. Personal privacy issues touch everyone at virtually every stage of life, and even into death (e.g., access to the Social Security Death Index online), raising a universe of hard questions to be answered.Read More...

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