Thank You!

The mission of the Beaufort District Collection is to acquire, preserve, maintain and make accessible a research collection of permanent value which records the history, culture and environment of the area of lowcountry South Carolina once known as the old historic Beaufort District. In these stringently close economic times, donations of appropriate research materials are particularly helpful.

We are very grateful to all the generous individuals and organizations who helped us meet our mission in 2011.

Through the years, we have built a solid reference collection through a combination of purchases and donations. The Beaufort County Library and the Beaufort District Collection would like to thank the following people and organizations for their generous donations of local history reference books, videos, photographs, maps, posters, postcards and/or documents that were added to our holdings during 2011:

Dennis Adams
Amy Jenkins Bassett
Charles Boxley
Jane Chakides
George Fino
Friends of the Beaufort County Library
Fran Hays
Alexia Helsley
Ian Hill
Conway G. and Diane Ivy
Jenny L. Kitty
Tony Mills
Penelope Holme Parker
Sally Pringle
Bill Rauch
Dr. W. C. Sammons
Carolyn Poling Schreiber

Although our primary charge is to be good stewards of the materials we hold in trust for our community and share them with researchers, a lot of people interested in local history do not necessarily enjoy the process of research. Accordingly, a special collections library needs to share its materials with the community in other ways such as programs. During 2011, we provided opportunities for lifelong learning and leisure through BDC-sponsored programs on local history, oral history, genealogy, and archaeology with the help of others. We are grateful to the folks and organizations who donated their services in support of the BDC @The Branches local history series during 2011:

Amy Jenkins Bassett
Neil Baxley
Beaufort County Planning Department
Marvin Bouknight
Rosalyn Browne
Mike Coker
Sandy Dimke
Ian Hill
Stephen Hoffius
Chris Judge
Alice Connelly Moore
Penn Center
Dr. Lawrence Rowland
Jason Ryan
Baynard Woods

And we cannot forget our most enduring supporters, the Beloved BDC Docents:

Bill Culp
Hugh Folk
Jan Johnson
Laura Lewis
Sherry Puccini
Harriet Rahm
Linda Schumacher
Marlyn Schumacher
Zakary Haigler

Each of these dedicated volunteers donated their time and their skill to the BDC during 2011. They performed such tasks as map encapsulation, diary transcription, magazine article title indexing, photograph preservation, maintenance of our obituary index, and filing "stuff" which helps us share our holdings with the community. Charmaine and I couldn't work without their help!

A heartfelt "Thank You" for your support of and donations to the unique Beaufort District Collection. The BDC serves our community much better because of these donors, presenters, organizations and docents!

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.