Library News & Notes

National Day of Listening

Give new meaning to the Day after Thanksgiving. Consider becoming a part of the National Day of Listening, sponsored by NPR's StoryCorps project and others.

The National Day of Listening is a day to honor a loved one through listening. It's the least expensive but most meaningful gift you can give this holiday season. You can choose to record a story with anyone you know. This year, StoryCorps has chosen to feature the stories of veterans, active duty military, and their families.Read More...

Finding Published South Carolina Obituaries

Interested in finding obituaries in SC? A great place to start is the "South Carolina Obituary Resources" page ( which we helped create 5 years ago.

The links describe how to get obituaries from various SC counties.

Happy Dead People Hunting!

November is Native American Heritage Month

Once upon a time, Native Americans roamed our wetlands, fished our estuaries, and camped along our riverbanks. Many small Native American groups lived in the area. These former residents left behind shell middens, pottery shards, and their words upon our landscape: Wimbee, Combahee, Kussoh, Yamasee, Pocotaligo, Coosawhatchie, Daufuskie, Salkehatchie. The groups were rather small and unorganized, key factors in the ability of European newcomers to successfully take advantage of them.Read More...

C. C. Pinckney and the Presidential Election of 1800

As the 2012 presidential election nears - and the outcome appears too close to call among the pollsters and pundits - it is good to remember that this is not a unique situation. The controversies surrounding the Elections of 1800, 1876, and 2000 loom large in historic memory. A Beaufort plantation owner, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746 - 1825), played a key role in how the 1800 election turned out. C.C. Pinckney refused to change his electoral college vote from John Adams.Read More...

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