Celebrate Archives Month!

Although the noun “archives” has several meanings, the definition most relevant to the management and daily operation of the BDC is “a facility in which records of permanent historical, cultural, or evidentiary importance are preserved, providing a means through which present and future generations may gain knowledge of and maintain continuity with the past.” Every day our staff of two manages archives of donated materials from individuals and organizations that demonstrate contributions of enduring local historical and cultural value to our area.

To celebrate SC Archives Month, we offer guided tours of our archival stacks to members of the general public. This is the only time of the year that we allow tours of our closed stack area for individuals. (Groups can set up a visit to come.) This is your chance to venture into the inner sanctum with BDC staff to see what goes on “Behind-the-Scenes” in the special collection and archives of the Beaufort County Library system. We'll showcase our holdings relating to local natural disasters of the past in accordance with the 2012 SC Archives Month theme "Planning for the Worst, Hoping for the Best: Documenting South Carolina's Natural Disasters."

We have scheduled two sessions this year:

Friday, Oct. 12th, 10:30 am – Noon

Tues., Oct. 16th, 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Registration is necessary. To register: call 255-6468, e-mail cseabrook@bcgov.net, or drop by our BDC Research Room desk to sign up. Individual members of the general public older than 12 who are interested in learning more about our holdings relating to natural disasters and the operations and preservation activities of the Beaufort District Collection are encouraged to register.

The tour is free, but registration is limited to 10 people a session. To find out more about SC Archives Month 2012 special events, tours, and exhibits around the state, go to http://www.scarchivists.org/archives-month. Check out our Facebook page to see some images from our local natural disasters this month. If you like what we post, please "like"us.  We'd like to have 50 Thumbs Up likes by Halloween.

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.