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Library Receives Planning Grant for Reconstruction Project from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Fo

The Beaufort County Library is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a $25,000 planning grant from the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. The funds will support the development of a creative curation project as part of the comprehensive plan to create a Beaufort County Interpretative Center on Reconstruction History.

Partners for the project include SCETV, the University of South Carolina Beaufort, the University of South Carolina’s College of Education, The Mitchelville Project, Historic Penn Center, the Lowcountry Digital Library, the City of Beaufort and its mayor, Billy Keyserling.

The creative curation project will work with artists, historians, designers and others to create public artwork in connection with the permanent exhibit being developed in Beaufort for a Lowcountry Reconstruction Center. This work will engage artists across the Lowcountry to embed art in ways that would spark the public's interest in Reconstruction History.

This process will also involve the inclusion of a Reconstruction History trail that consists of over 100 sites county-wide and a mobile application designed to display and connect mobile users to the trail. The interpretive arts will connect people to ideas and images that help tell the oft-untold story of Reconstruction history. The project envisions that art will be both embedded within the mobile app technology as well as be part of a public art component that will greatly enhance the educational and cultural features of the project.

The work will be directed by a team of local and national historians, artists, educators, and one of the nation’s leading app designers with interactive expertise in storytelling on mobile devices.

About the Foundation

The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation supports land conservation, artistic vitality, and regional collections for the people of the Chicago region and the Lowcountry of South Carolina. For more information, please visit


Ray McBride, Director, Beaufort County Library


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