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BDC@ Bluffton Branch - Child Labor

Photographs can tell powerful stories. The BDC's Donner Collection includes images of children hard at work in the truck farming fields. Later, Lewis Hine took photographs of many child laborers throughout the United States in the 1900s -1920s, including child workers in the oyster packing plants in Port Royal, Lady's Island, and Bluffton. The power of images resulted in changes in the law affecting the employment of children in manufacturing, canneries and agriculture.Read More...

BCL Wins "Civil War 150 "

The Gilder Lehman Institute of American History has awarded Beaufort County Library a traveling “Civil War 150” exhibit for September 2013. The exhibit will be just outside the BDC Research Room doors, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort from September 9 – September 30 next year. (Big projects take time to prepare).Read More...

That Other Aug. 27 - Aug. 28th Storm

When we commemorate these dates locally, we usually concentrate on the 1893 "Sea Island hurricane." This year, for a change of pace, we share a letter written after that other Aug. 27 -Aug. 28 storm - a hurricane in 1911. (I'd scan the County Democrat newspaper article but the quality of the image is quite poor.) It appears that there was a misunderstanding about how much damage had occurred and how much assistance was welcome.


Mr. Waterhouse Writes Reason why Beaufort Appal [sic] was Made.Read More...

1940 Census Workshop in Bluffton Branch Aug. 29th

Would you like to learn how to find your ancestors (or yourself) in the 1940 US Federal Census? The next BDC led "Introduction to the 1940 Census" scheduled workshop will be in our Bluffton Branch Library on Wed., August 29th from 2:30 - 4:30 pm. Seating is very limited for this workshop so pre-registration is necessary. You may pre-register in person at the Bluffton Branch Library Reference desk, by e-mail to or call 843-255-6503 to reserve your seat. Once the slots are filled, registration will be closed. So, if you're interested, "Don't Delay.Read More...

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