Library News & Notes

Researching and Writing a Church History

Join us this Saturday, Jan. 26th, for our first BDC@ The BDC program of 2013.

Beloved former USC-B professor Roy Flannagan will share his experiences as part of the research and writing team preparing the tricentennial history of the Parish Church of St. Helena. Learn why the team really needed some divine intervention and amazing grace to tackle contentious issues. Sometimes ungodly behavior happens within holy organizations. Program starts at 2:00pm.

We hope to see you there!

Maugham is "Sandwiched In"

The Books Sandwiched In series continues January 28 with Kathy Kilgore's review of The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham. All Books Sandwiched In programs begin at Noon in the USCB Center for Performing Arts, 801 Carteret Street. Please help our Friends of the Beaufort Library help us and attend the program on Monday.

Read about Somerset Maugham's time in Beaufort County in an article written by Dennis Adams posted on our Local History and Nature pages at

Emancipation Day in Port Royal

Coastal Heritage Magazine (available online and in the BDC Research Room) has a fabulous article about the Jubilee. "Emancipation Day: The Freed People of Port Royal," by John Tibbetts, recounts the activities of the day from several perspectives and posits that "On Emancipation Day–January 1, 1863–sea islanders of the Beaufort District realized what they must do to help defeat the Confederacy and keep their freedom." Read the article online in Coastal Heritage Magazine's Fall 2012 issue:

Jubilee: Emancipation Day 1863

In honor of this very important event in our nation's, and our own local history, below are eyewitness accounts of "The Day of Jubilee," January 1st 1863, as it transpired on Smith's Plantation (aka "Old Fort Plantation," current Naval Hospital grounds]. Read how missionary teachers, nurses, and Col. T.W. Higginson, colonel of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, a unit made up of black soldiers stationed here, interpretted the events of the day and the significance of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation in our BDC blog, Connections.Read More...

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