Beaufort District Collection Connections Blog

June, 2010

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Discover the art of basket weaving and begin creating your own basket at any of these free workshops. You must be registered to start a basket. The program is designed for Teens and Adults.

Here are your choices of dates, times and locations:

Monday, June 28th -
Beaufort Branch Program starts at 11:00 a.m.To register call: 255-6458.

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The installation of the compact shelving array in the Paul Siegmund Room has begun! What a joy to hear the drills buzzing when I came in to work this morning! (It's not so good for the aural comfort of customers at the Beaufort Branch nor for the Library's administrative team, but it's very good for the health and preservation of the "Wonders of the BDC." Please be patient with us as we make progress.)

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I've been taking a little R & R time before 1) we relocate the BDC to the 2nd floor of this building and 2) before my accrued leave time gets thrown into the disability hours category.

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Obviously, if you are reading this Connections entry, you have access to the internet. Have you ever wondered how using the Internet might be affecting your brain? Others are studying the impact of the Internet on our daily lives and interactions. American Libraries Direct, published by the American Library Association, ran an entry "This is your brain on computers" about internet addiction in its 6/9/2010 issue:

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Coming June 21, the third Monday of the month, Dr. Carl Lounsbury, leading architectural historian at the Colonial Williamburg Foundation and professor at the College of William & Mary, will present a program based on his study of colonial houses of worship, Laying the Cornerstone of New Zion: The Early Churches & Meeting Houses of America. Lounsbury has brought a group of students to Beaufort each of the last three summers to measure and document antebellum resources here in cooperation with Historic Beaufort Foundation.

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Our sister cultural heritage organization, Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn, is offering several recurring programs on animal life, including Lowcountry Reptiles and Amphibians over the summer. Tony Mills from the LowCountry Institute will get you up close and personal with live snakes, turtles, lizards, alligators and other “herps”. Fee. Reservations are required by calling 843-689-6767 ext 223.

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Summer Reading is for adults, too. Our 2010 theme is "Make Waves." There will be weekly prizes and programs we hope that you'll find engaging. Be sure to take a look at our programs and events calendar for something to interest you.

High on our BDC list of engaging programs for teens and adults is the series of free sweetgrass basketry weaving workshops that we are co-sponsoring at various dates, locations, and times the final week of June.

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A few days ago, I wrote about the May 30, 1943 diary entry of Frederik Holmes Christensen. He gave an account of the death of Major Charles Elliott. The fuzzy image to the left is from our card file of newspaper obituaries. The Beaufort Gazette carried the article on May 27, 1943, on page 1. Because the image isn't easy to read, here's what the cards state:

Major Elliott Disappeared On His Boat Monday On Fishing Trip Bogged Down in Marsh Trying Reach His Boat Was Drowned

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We are always on the look-out for materials related to the history, culture and environment of the area once known as "Beaufort District."

Sometimes I hear about interesting materials. Sometimes generous people contact us out of the blue to offer us materials. This is what happened in the case of our first digital collection, Phosphate, Farms and Family: The Donner Collection. Luckily, it happened again late last year when a California based branch of a local family contacted us with their family treasure, a trove of diaries.

May, 2010

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June 1st is the start of hurricane season. From now through the end of November, we all will need to monitor the weather reports more closely in case a storm arises quickly. News reports indicate that we might be in for a more active season than usual. But in only takes one storm to destroy a city -- i.e., Katrina and the City of New Orleans.

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The final program in the Spring BDC @ The Branches series is Tuesday, May 25th. Laura Rose, Clemson Extension and President of the South Carolina Native Plants Society, will present a program on (appropriately) "Native Plants." Join us in Bluffton Branch, from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm to learn about the fabulous and hardy flora in our area.

To learn more about the program, click here.

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On May 24th Lafayette scholar and College of Charleston history professor, Dr. Robert Crout will share his studies relating to the Marquis de Lafayette who reportedly visited the Verdier House in 1825. The first American to work in the Lafayette family archives, Crout’s research contributed to the 2009 PBS special on Lafayette. He is president of the American Society of the Friends of Lafayette and is consistently ranked as one of CofC’s most interesting professors.

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One never knows when tragedy will strike. On May 8th, it struck Columbia International University's G. Allen Fleece Library.

According to Columbia Fire Chief, Aubrey Jenkins, the G. Allen Fleece Library building on the Columbia International University campus in our capitol city and "nearly every book in the building was probably affected in some way by heat, smoke or fire damage." The damage to the Fleece Library and its collection is estimated at $2.5 million.

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Before we end our celebration of "Preservation Week," I suggest that you take about 15 minutes to learn how to properly care for your family treasures.

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Genealogists can use oral history techniques to get clues to flesh out their living and dead relatives. Through oral histories, you can find out all sorts of things: how folks were related; what life was like during World War I; what color dress your grandmother liked best; who helped when your church was built or remodeled; what brought your sorority or club into being, etc. The key is to get the information from people with firsthand knowledge while they are still alive to tell the story.

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The mission of a public library is to help members of our communities learn more about what interests them. It's not about what library staff think our community wants or what library staff think the community needs. Good public libraries do their best to give their customers what they ask to have.

Recent surveys indicate that BCL customers want to know more about the oral history process.

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