Beaufort District Collection Connections Blog

April, 2010

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The Beaufort County Historical Society, in collaboration with Penn Center on St. Helena Island, will present a program featuring Dale Rosengarten of the College of Charleston, and Mt. Pleasant sweetgrass basket maker, Nakia Wigfall, at High Noon (12 pm) on April 15th.

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Coastal Discovery Museum, a member organization of the Historical Resources Consortium, has a series of natural history programs -- and one "eating meeting" occurring during April.

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Today's entry is taken from the "First-ever National Study: Millions of People Rely on Library Computers for Employment, Health and Education," by Samantha Becker, U.S. Impact Studies, Information School, University of Washington:

March, 2010

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BDC @ Programs bring local history programs to the branch libraries. The Library surveys tell us that we are on the right track. And, we're definitely trying to meet your expressed needs for more of the high quality local history programs that we are known to offer. In fact, we are beginning to experience the wonderful challenge of not having enough space to comfortably seat all the people who arrive for a local history program!

I just caution everyone to remember that:

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The South Carolina Digital Library received a Notable State Document Award from the South Carolina State Library:

The selection is announced annually on or near Freedom of Information Day, March 16, the birthday of President James Madison, an early proponent of citizen access to government information. Awards were presented to the winning agencies by David Goble, State Library Director, at a morning ceremony at the State Library, March 16th:

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Tues., March 30th -- “Searching for Gov. Moultrie’s Forgotten People,” by Colin Brooker, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Paul Siegmund Room, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 2nd floor.

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To get a taste of how to identify Irishness in census records, please read last year's 16 March and 17 March blog entries. As the entries show, identifying national origin and ethnicity of ancestors is not always an easy task.

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Daufuskie Photographic Memoir of the 1970s. Presented by Mayor Billy Keyserling, Monday, March 22nd, 5:30 p.m – 7 p.m.

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Fellow BCL Reference Librarian, Amanda Brewer, wrote this short notice for our Staff Newsletter:

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Today the countdown begins! Beaufort Three-Century Project reminds us that there are 300 days before the 300th Anniversary of the founding of Beaufort on 17 January 2011. Peruse their website for upcoming events, and highlights. Stay tuned for much, much more.

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I am delighted to announce that we cleared a major hurdle today. The Public Facilities committee of the Beaufort County Council approved our request for funding of the compact shelving array for the Paul Siegmund Room around 5 pm this afternoon. Hurray! David Hughes, County Engineering, did a good job of presenting our request.
The full Council will discuss the matter on 12 April. Keep your fingers crossed that the project gets approved, the shelves installed, and the collection relocated to the 2nd floor before Hurricane Season 2010 begins June 1st.

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Colin Brooker's talk on "Tormenting, Dissatisfied People" held at Hilton Head Branch earlier this month was well received. Participants were particularly interested in learning what happened to the slaves of John Moultrie once they were taken from the United States. Mr. Brooker will oblige us all on March 30th. He has agreed to tell the rest of the story (as far as he knows it from his research) during "Searching The Bahamas for Gov. John Moultrie's Forgotten 'People.'" This time, Mr.

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You are invited to attend any or all of these BDC sponsored programs about our local history, culture, or environment:

Tues., March 30th -- “Searching for Gov. Moultrie’s Forgotten People,” by Colin Brooker, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, Paul Siegmund Room, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 2nd floor [This about the slaves and their migrations from Africa to South America with a stopover in Beaufort].

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In our profession, there is considerable talk about what it is that Reference Librarians do and the role we play doing what it is that we do for our communities. At a recent Booklist webinar, this question was posed: "What is the Role of a Reference Librarian?"

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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the University of South Carolina Beaufort, the Beaufort County Library has temporarily loaned the Journal of the Proceedings of the Trustees of the College of Beaufort From their first Incorporation in 1795 [to 1868] for a display in their South Campus Library. The bound manuscript was placed on exhibit March 3rd. It will remain on display in the South Campus Library until April 5th. The Journal of the Proceedings contains minutes of the Trustees irregular meetings. Drop by and take a look at the original if you have a chance.

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NBC is putting on a new show "Who Do You Think You Are?" that may be of interest to those readers who are interested in uncovering their own family history. According to the promotional blurb sent out from Ancestry.com:

The NBC series features Lisa Kudrow, Sarah Jessica Parker, Spike Lee, Matthew Broderick, Susan Sarandon, Emmitt Smith, and Brooke Shields, and takes each celebrity on a heart-warming journey back in time as they discover more about the ancestors who came before them.

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