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Free access during June to War of 1812 Records

This is a banner year for commemorations of American history: 450th Anniversary of the First European settlement in North America at Charlesfort; the second year of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War; and the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812.Read More...

Commemorating the Burning of Bluffton

On June 4, 1863, over 75% of Bluffton was burned by Union forces. Join the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society and friends to commemorate this significant Beaufort District event. Festivities will be held Saturday, June 9th, 6pm –9 pm at the Heyward House Historic Center (corner of Bridge St. & Boundary St.). Food, art, and music will be on offer.

For details: call 843-757-6293 or visit

From the Beacon: 6 books that will keep you up all night reading

There are those of us for whom circadian rhythms find us up at dawn and sleepy shortly after dinner; the hours of darkness that we miss always seem a bit magical. The following books with "night" in the title all seem to reinforce that idea.

'The Night Strangers'

Introduction to the 1940 Census - BDC Program on June 22nd

*Want to find yourself - or some relatives - in the 1940 US Federal Census? Sign up to attend the Beaufort District Collection program on precisely this topic in June! To help illuminate the ways and means of census taking, and how to put the 1940 census to the test of extracting information about an ancestor (or yourself, if you happen to be older than 72 years old), we will be offering a workshop on these topics Friday, June 22nd.Read More...

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