24 May 2017

Local History Programs in June 2017

We are taking a bit of a break but local history programs begin anew on June 22! We're happy that Beaufort County Historical Society has agreed to be a co-sponsor of our June programs. We're also going to try out a new way of ticketing local history programs since we've heard grumbling about the reservation system. It may work better; it may not work better; but we are going to give it a go.

Here's what we've decided to test: We'll have 85 free tickets available at Beaufort Branch beginning at 10 am on June 22nd. We'll distribute the tickets until they are gone. In the afternoon, we'll have 100 free tickets available for distribution at Bluffton Branch beginning at 2 pm. The difference in the number of available tickets is because of the size of the respective meeting spaces. Bluffton Branch's Community Room is larger than Beaufort Branch's Meeting Room. You can't call and reserve tickets. You'll need to drop by and pick up no more than 2 tickets - one for you; one for a significant person in your life. 

First up: The local debut of Cate Lineberry's Be Free or Die book.

Thursday, June 22 at 11am | BDC@BEA, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort | Ages 12 – Adult
Thursday, June 22 at 3pm | BDC@ BLU, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton |Ages 12 - Adult
Book talk, sale and signing with author Cate Lineberry whose latest book recounts the amazing story of Robert Smalls’s escape from slavery. Free. Ticketed. Co-sponsor: Beaufort County Historical Society 

Tuesday, June 28 at 2 pm |BDC@ BEA, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort |Ages 12 - Adult

Douglas Bostick

Celebrate Carolina Day by hearing Doug Bostick, Executive Director of the South Carolina Battlefield Preservation Trust, talk about the our state’s Revolutionary War heritage. Free. Ticketed. Co-sponsor: Beaufort County Historical Society

21 May 2017

Research Room Closed Mon., May 22, 2017

Please note that the Beaufort District Collection Research Room is closed Monday, May 22, 2017 due to staff shortage. I will be away at the Reconstruction Planning Grant seminar.

You, too, can learn about the Reconstruction Era here in Beaufort County http://bit.ly/2lIvniL.

19 May 2017

Hail and Farewell, Ashley!

Today was a sad day here in the Beaufort District Collection. 

It was Ashley Sylva’s last day on the payroll of Beaufort County Library. We had a great run. I hate to see her go but duty called her Marine husband away. She has been a wonderful contributor to the success of the BDC during her tenure as the Preservation Associate. Among her many contributions were: 

  • unfailingly exceptional customer service
  • a spirit of inquisitiveness that kept me on my toes
  • lots of metadata creation for the Arnsberger Postcard Collection
  • some long needed materials repairs
  • perkiness in spite of the drudgery of doing the vast majority of the inventory. (Only about one compact shelf array to go...)

I couldn't have survived the vigorous Beaufort History Museum / Beaufort County Library local history series, the health issues in my family life, or the postcard digitization project without her assistance and willingness to pitch in and "git 'er done." The BDC docents, our customers, and I will miss her cheerful good nature, her sincere desire to help others, her research savvy, and her digitization skills more than I can put into words. (Though to tell the truth, her unfailing cheerfulness in the morning could on occasion be a bit annoying for a morning grouch like me.) We wish her a heartfelt Bon Voyage!

On the other hand, dear readers, this means her position is open! Think that you have the skills, aptitudes, educational background, and the moxie to work here in the BDC? The announcement is on the Beaufort County Government website at http://www.bcgov.net/employment/Library%20Assistant%20IV%20-%20Preservation%20Assistant%20Beaufort.php If you'd like the actual position description, just send me an email before 25 May (gracec@bcgov.net). You know that old saying about the lottery: "You can't win if you ain't in," don't you? If you're interested, I encourage you to apply and get the completed application to Beaufort County's Employee Services Department on or before the deadline date of 5/26/2017. 

Reminder: The BDC Research Room will be closed Mon., May 22nd while I am out at the Reconstruction Planning grant seminar and the Library will be closed Mon., May 29th to observe Memorial Day.

11 May 2017

Schedule Adjustments

The Beaufort Branch is getting some long awaited carpet beginning today. Although the Beaufort Branch will be closed May 12 - May 20, Library Administration, Technical Services, the IT department, and the Beaufort District Collection will be operating on our usual schedules and performing our usual duties.

Read the press release about the carpet installation at the Beaufort Branch Library. All other parts of the Library system will be operating their customary hours.

The BDC will be open its usual public service hours: Friday, May 12th - 9 to 5; Monday, May 15th - 9 to 5; Thursday, May 18th - 9 to 5; and Friday, May 19th - 9 to 5. If you are interested in setting up an appointment for Tuesday, May 16th or Wednesday, May 17th be sure to contact me at least several days in advance by e-mail gracec@bcgov.net or call 843-255-6468 regarding available research slots. Please note: I do not monitor work e-mails after 5 pm or on weekends.

The BDC Research Room will be closed on Mon., May 22nd and at least a half-day on Tues., May 23rd in order that I can attend the Reconstruction Planning Grant symposium.

The Beaufort County Library is closed Mon., May 29th to observe Memorial Day.  

07 May 2017

Arnsberger Postcards Online!

National Postcard Week is an annual event to promote the use of postcards, held in the first full week of May since 1984. And this year we're celebrating all week by featuring a postcard a day on Facebook May 7 - May 13 from the Beaufort County Library’s latest online collection of special materials from the Beaufort District Collection. 
  • Factoid: The study and collecting of postcards is termed deltiology.
We have hundreds of postcards in the Beaufort District Collection in scrapbooks, in archival boxes, in binders, etc. 

The Russell J. Arnsberger Postcard Collection is comprised of over 350 postcards in two albums of houses, businesses, public buildings, street views, military base activities and structures in and around Beaufort, South Carolina. Some built structures pictured are no longer extant or have been greatly altered. Among the publishers represented in this collection of 20th century postcards are Albertype Company, Dexter Press, Charles G. Luther’s Pharmacy, the Crescent Drug Company, W.R. Bristol, Palmetto Studios and Photo Arts of Winnsboro, SC. Arnsberger volunteered his time and deltiological expertise to the Beaufort District Collection while he was a resident and as a parting gift, donated his personal collection of Beaufort area postcards to the Library in 2008.  

Visit Facebook to see our postcard daily special! 

Based at the College of Charleston, the Lowcountry DigitalLibrary (LCDL) produces digital collections and projects that support research about the Lowcountry region of South Carolina and historically interconnected sites in the Atlantic World. Together with its institutional partners, LCDL helps students, scholars, and a wide range of public audiences develop a better understanding of the history and culture of the South Carolina Lowcountry relative to the nation and the world. Beaufort County Library's Beaufort District Collection staff has been working with LCDL staff for more than a decade bringing some of the Library's holdings to the internet. And the LCDL is a hub for aggregating materials for inclusion in the Digital Public Library of America which means that select items from your local library can be used by students, researchers, family historians, anyone through the DPLA portal. 

Visit all Beaufort County Library’s Online Collections in the Lowcountry Digital Library: http://lcdl.library.cofc.edu/content/beaufort-county-library
Please contact us for information about other postcards and local history materials we have: gracec@bcgov.net or call 843-255-6468.