Beaufort District Collection Connections Blog

December, 2009

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Now that the holiday season is here, we need to make a slight adjustment in the BDC schedule for Tues., Dec. 22nd and Wed., Dec. 23rd. Unfortunately, we don't have any docents who can be here during lunchtime on Tuesday or Wednesday to monitor the Research Room. By policy, researchers cannot use the resources in the Research Room unless a BDC staff member or docent is available to sit with the researcher. Therefore, if you want to use our Research Room on Tues., the 22nd or on Wed., the 23rd, please make arrangements to visit 10am to 12 pm or 1 pm - 5 pm.

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Last February, the Tricentennial Lecture Series was a SRO, rousing success. (I should know -- I went with a pre-paid series ticket and my son got turned away at the door because the session was full.) So, if you missed the series last year, you have another chance!

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Q: What is StudySC?

A: StudySC is a website that provides online content to support South Carolina-specific curriculum standards. StudySC, created by the South Carolina State Library, makes available a student-friendly environment arranged by grade level and by subject area where students can find the information they need fast.

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Q: Did any Beaufort County residents die during the attack on Pearl Harbor?

A: At least two Beaufort men died in the attack on Pearl Harbor. The Beaufort Gazette issue on New Year's Day, 1942 identified the brothers as Leon Wellington Bush and Samuel Jackson Bush, sons of Navy veteran, Adam W. Bush, steward of the American Legion Post No. 9.

You can read the article in the Beaufort Gazette microfilm at Beaufort and/or Hilton Head Branch Libraries. The citation is "Beaufort Lost Two Citizens at Pearl Harbor," Beaufort Gazette, Jan. 1, 1942, p. 1.

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For all you Civil War buffs out there, a feast for your eyes and research:

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In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the Beaufort Historic District's placement on the National Register of Historic Places on December 17, 1969, Historic Beaufort Foundation will open its Verdier House museum free of charge during the month of December.

November, 2009

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For all you heritage tourists:

The Beaufort County Historical Society is celebrating their 70th Anniversary with a Tour of Churches on Saturday, December 5 from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm. The tour will include volunteer docents at each of 8 historic churches and churchyards that are over 70 years old.

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USC will be getting rid of its card catalog. Its demise is happening with celebration. Staff at the University of South Carolina’s Thomas Cooper Library are working to hold a series of events called “It’s All in the Cards” to honor the card catalog, its use in the transformation of knowledge, and the people who created and used it.

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November is Native-American Heritage Month in the U.S. To honor this national month of commemoration and acknowledgment of the contribution of Native Americans, today's blog entry highlights the Native American heritage within the confines of the old Beaufort District.

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As Archivist of the United States, Mr. Ferriero will oversee the National Archives and Records Administration, an independent Federal agency created by statute in 1934. The National Archives safeguards and preserves the records of the U.S. Government, ensuring that the people can discover, use, and learn from this documentary heritage. The National Archives ensures continuing access to records that document the rights of American citizens, the actions of federal officials, and the national experience.

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Personally, I am not very into collecting oral histories, but I know lots of you are. The Thanksgiving holidays is a great day to chat with family members and friends and share life experiences. Therefore, I am alerting you to:

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The Archaeological Society of South Carolina, Hilton Head Chapter continues its Winter Guest Speaker Series on Tuesday, Nov. 17th at the Coastal Discovery Museum. Jim Spirek will discuss his work in Charleston Harbor in support of the American Battlefield Protection Program beginning at 7:00pm. 

To learn more about underwater archaeology, read this brochure from the Society for Historical Archaeology. 

For further information about the activities of the Hilton Head Chapter, ASSC, please contact George Stubbs- 843-363-5058.

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As most readers of this blog already know, "the Beaufort District Collection (BDC) 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."

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Alexander Street Press is giving history fans a special treat. Their online collection called American History in Video is free until November 15th. The marketing blurb says that "American History in Video provides the largest and richest collection of video available online for the study of American history, with 2,000 hours and more than 5,000 titles on completion.

October, 2009

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 We had 60 people, of all ages, races, and both genders, participate in the final program of the Archaeology Month series yesterday. Those who attended experienced a fine presentation about a little known topic and created the dynamic that only an engaged audience can provide. 

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I found out just this morning that the Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County is extending the period during which a donation to the Compact Shelving Fund will also enter your name into the drawing.

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