Beaufort District Collection Connections Blog

October, 2009

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All sorts of extra special events are being sponsored by the BDC next week:

On Tuesday, Oct. 6th, 6 pm, 2nd floor in the Paul Siegmund Room, 311 Scott Street: Teresa Bruce, documentary film-maker will be on hand to discuss her experiences making God's Gonna Trouble the Waters in the Archaeology Month program called "Trying to Capture a Culture."

September, 2009

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"An Evening with the Beaufort District Collection"
Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2009
6 pm - 8 pm
Performing Arts Center, 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort
USCB North Campus

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Make plans to attend: 

Stephen Hoffius and Robert Cuthbert's talk about their latest book:Northern Money, Southern Land Tuesday, Sept. 22nd, beginning at 1 pm. Please go to the 2nd floor into (the remodeled but as yet unfinished) Paul Siegmund Room to participate in their presentation and get your copy of their book autographed. 

Learn more about the book.

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This just in from John W. White, Ph.D., Director -- Lowcountry Digital Library:

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You may recall that for the past 5 years or so, the Library and Beaufort County Planning have put together some programs on whatever the SCIAA Archaeology Month theme of the year happened to be. Thus, we've covered Military archaeology, Native American archaeology, the connection between the lowcountry and the Caribbean archaeology, etc. Well, we are at it again. 

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Question: My grandfather was adopted as an infant. How do I go about finding information on his birth family?

Answer from Cathy Barlow, a professional genealogist with expertise in adoption research writing in the Ancestry.com Monthly Update in July:

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Every September, the American Library Association encourages folks to get the best school supply of all:a library card. But library cards aren't just for the young and enrolled, it's for anyone -- cradle to grave -- with a curiosity about any topic under the sun. 

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All Beaufort County offices will be closed on Monday, September 7th in observance of Labor Day. This means that all the parts of the Beaufort County Library will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7th, including the Beaufort District Collection. 

August, 2009

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 The 12th Annual South Carolina Civil War Symposium will be held at the SCDAH on September 18th and 19th. Key note speaker is Bob Krick, military historian and raconteur, author of dozens of books, articles, and essays most often about Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia and the United States Marine Corps.

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If anyone has taken a look at my desk lately, he/she would know that I need to be tidier, including with my digital files. I ran across an article by Chris O'Brien, a journalist with the Silicon Valley CA Mercury, about his need to tidy up all his things digital and found myself nodding in agreement. Towards the end of "Time to Clean Up Your Digital Closet," he writes:

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Andrew Carnegie was a great builder of libraries between 1886 and 1916, including the former Beaufort Township Library, on the corner of Craven and Carteret Streets. Like many of the former Carnegie Library buildings, the Beaufort Township Library has been adapted for use. When the Beaufort County Library moved across Craven Street in 1964, the the City of Beaufort took over the building.

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Robert E. Lee's United States citizenship was finally restored in 1975.

Why did it take so long?
Short answers: Bureaucratic snafu, intentional pigeonholing, i.e., politics.

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Q: When was Robert E. Lee's American citizenship restored?

A: 1866
B: 1870
C: 1925
D: 1975
E: It hasn't. He remains an unreconstructed Confederate.

I will provide the answer next week.

July, 2009

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Alas, we have as yet been unable to resolve on-going problems with SCLENDS records for Beaufort District Collection materials.

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Mather School was a private boarding school for African American girls founded by Rachel Mather in 1867. About a 100 years later, Mather School was sold to the State of South Carolina for educational purposes. The Technical College of the Lowcountry (TCL) now occupies the site.

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Connecting to Collections: Stewardship of America's Legacy, Answering the Call, Buffalo, NY has now posted webcasts of the individual conference sessions. I was lucky enough to be one of the 73 attendees (out of a total of 266 -- and the only person from SC) attending the conference on an Heritage Preservation travel stipend.

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