Beaufort District Collection Connections Blog

July, 2009

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Q: What was the name of the USCT who received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his service in the engagement of Fort Wagner?

A: He was Sergeant William Carney, 54th Massachusetts.

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We seldom think of 20th century structures as "historic," but of course, they can be. Take for example, Auldbrass, one of the more than 1,000 buildings that Frank Lloyd Wright designed but the only one designed for a southern plantation complex. It had its trials and tribulations, well documented in Auldbrass: Frank Lloyd Wright's Southern Plantation by David G. De Long.

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Among the responsibilities of a working librarian/archivist is one to help insure that the profession continues into the next generation. One way to encourage and foster appreciation of the work we do as well as help students learn about their own history and the history of others, is to introduce them to the wonder of documents. A very good source for primary documents manipulated into digital formats is the Teaching with Primary Sources Direct.

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Beaufort Water Festival makes its 54th appearance today and concludes on Sunday, July 19th.

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One of my many conundrums, and a conundrum inherent within the cultural heritage field, is how to provide appropriate access to materials while simultaneously providing appropriate stewardship for ensuring that those materials will still exist and be useable 100 years from now.

There are no hard and fast rules for how the competing issues should balance over time. Indeed, there are no hard and fast rules for how the competing issues should balance over the course of an hour.

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Beaufort has been blessed with a bevy of local notables throughout its history. In honor of the 4th of July, let's highlight the contribution of Thomas Heyward, Jr., one of South Carolina's four signers of the Declaration of Independence.

June, 2009

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Look up and at the end of the book shelves when you walk through the doors of the Beaufort Branch Library at 311 Scott Street.

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My colleague at Richland County Public Library, Debbie Bloom, writes a very informative blog for South Carolina family historians. Her enthusiasm for South Carolina's local history and genealogy is contagious. The aptly named The Dead Librarian points genealogists to good resources relating to ancestors, dead people, and obituaries. She adds entries several times a month. Her latest post suggests useful genealogy blogs to read.

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