Library News & Notes

Emancipation Day in Port Royal

Coastal Heritage Magazine (available online and in the BDC Research Room) has a fabulous article about the Jubilee. "Emancipation Day: The Freed People of Port Royal," by John Tibbetts, recounts the activities of the day from several perspectives and posits that "On Emancipation Day–January 1, 1863–sea islanders of the Beaufort District realized what they must do to help defeat the Confederacy and keep their freedom." Read the article online in Coastal Heritage Magazine's Fall 2012 issue:

Jubilee: Emancipation Day 1863

In honor of this very important event in our nation's, and our own local history, below are eyewitness accounts of "The Day of Jubilee," January 1st 1863, as it transpired on Smith's Plantation (aka "Old Fort Plantation," current Naval Hospital grounds]. Read how missionary teachers, nurses, and Col. T.W. Higginson, colonel of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, a unit made up of black soldiers stationed here, interpretted the events of the day and the significance of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation in our BDC blog, Connections.Read More...

BCL Staff Favorites of 2012

The Beaufort County Library staff have picked our favorite books, movies, and audiobooks of 2012. Take a look and see if you agree with our choices!

State Documents Contain Unexpected Tidbits

In this new world of electronic delivery and digitization of materials, many people are not aware of the role that state libraries and state archives play in keeping our citizenry informed and our government accountable. If nothing else, the recent saga of the Georgia Archives serves as a cautionary tale. ( More...

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