Library News & Notes

Happy National Poinsettia Day!

December 12 commemorates the poinsettia (a.k.a. poinsetta) — the most popular holiday plant, which is indigenous to Mexico and Central America. December 12 has been officially designated by the U.S. Congress as National Poinsettia Day in honor of the first Ambassador to the new Republic of Mexico, Joel Poinsett of South Carolina, as well as of American businessman, Paul Ecke Jr., who later successfully marketed the poinsettia worldwide.Read More...

BDC has Railroads "Stuff"

In honor of the 20th annual Beaufort Railroaders Model Train display, here is a selective list of materials we have on the railroads of our past:

SC 333.7313 SOU Prospectus: South Carolina Land and Improvement Company of Port Royal; Acts incorporating the South Carolina Land and Improvement Co., and South Atlantic Railroad Company, South Carolina Land and Improvement Company, 1877.

SC 385 DER Centennial history of South Carolina Railroad by Samuel Melanchthon Derrick, 1975, c1930.

SC 385.54 FER Argent: last of the swamp rats by Mallory Hope Ferrell,1994.Read More...

Battle of Pocotaligo Re-Enactment Dec. 7 - 9

Re-enactments can be such fun! Here's a chance to attend one in our own backyard next weekend that has direct connection to our local Civil War history.

On Oct. 21, 1862, 4400 federals sailed out of Hilton Head up the Broad River with intentions to destroy the tracks and bridges of the Charleston to Savannah Railroad, vital rails in the Confederate war effort. 675 Confederates held them at bay until reinforced by the Charleston Light Dragoons forcing the Yankees to return to Hilton Head with the rail line intact. At Pocotaligo, the 12th SC Volunteer Infantry first “saw the elephant”.Read More...

The Atlantic World

One of my favorite sources for ideas for blog entries is a UK based website "The Browser: Writing Worth Reading" and its "FiveBooks Interviews" e-series in which widely acclaimed authors discuss their personal five best book picks on a particular subject. One of the recent "History" interviewees was Bernard Bailyn, professor emeritus at Harvard University and two-time Pulitzer prize winner. He originated the term "Atlantic World" now being used in historic circles to redefine and describe the past. But what does the term "Atlantic World" mean?Read More...

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