BCHS Annual Meeting May 19th: Dr. Hawks

The Beaufort County Historical Society will celebrate their 72nd Annual Meeting May 19th at noon at the Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club, Meridian Rd., Beaufort, SC.

Dr. Gerald Schwartz of Western Carolina University will discuss his book,A Woman Doctor's Civil War: Esther Hill Hawks' Diary 

Esther Hill Hawks was an unusual woman in her time. She was a physician, a teacher, a school administrator, a suffragist, and an abolitionist. While most white women of the 1860s stayed at home tending to domestic matters, Dr. Hawks came South to Beaufort to minister to black Union troops and newly freed slaves as both a teacher and a doctor. She kept a diary of her time here and in Florida that shows her keen skills of observation and political beliefs. 

The Library has copies of Schwartz's book in the BDC, as well as in the general collection at Beaufort and Hilton Head Branches. We have a vertical file on her in the BDC, too - just in case you'd like to drop by and review its contents.

Is the meeting open to the

Is the meeting open to the public?

Yes, I believe so, but

Yes, I believe so, but attendance requires registration. Please RSVP to Nancy Gilley at 843-524-7969

About the Author

Grace Cordial has been responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Beaufort District Collection at the Beaufort County Library since 1999.  The Beaufort District Collection exists to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture, and environment of our part of the South Carolina lowcountry.  Besides the research room, Cordial manages the “Virtual BDC:” the BDC web pages, the Online Obituary Index, two digital collections, a new BDC.BCL Facebook page, and the Connections blog.  
Among her duties is to coordinate or present programs about local history, Gullah culture, and our coastal environment, including occasional instructional sessions about how to perform historical and/or genealogical research.