15 October 2017

Free Family History Workshop Thursday, Oct. 19th

To celebrate Family History Month, we host author June Gardner who will share her experience compiling and publishing family histories in a free hands-on workshop.

June McManus Gardner was born July 3, 1935 in Columbia, South Carolina. In 1954 she married Norman Russ Gardner, a minister. For over sixty years their ministry has led them to serve in ten churches and five states. In recent years June's interest in genealogy led her to set a goal of writing a family history book about each of their eight family lines as a legacy for sons and grandchildren.She has completed six so far. Gardner's ancestors lived in Hampton, Allendale, Barnwell, Orangeburg, Charleston, Horry, Spartanburg, Richland, and Clarendon Counties. She has researched the Fitts, Reid, Harley, Williamson, Williams, Livington, Russ, Coggins, Wingo, Berry, Ervin, Wood, Seay, and Gardner families and allied lines. She is currently working on the Edgefield Connections relating to the McManus and Griffis families of aforesaid county. Come learn from an experienced author's insight into the process of researching and publication.



 
Event Name: “Preserving Your Family History Workshop”
Short Description of Event: Learn how to publish your own family's history with June Gardner, an author who's done it 6 times so far. 30 seats: first come; first seated.
Time and Date of Event: Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Location of Event: BDC@ Beaufort Branch, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC 29902
Price of Event: Free; Ages 12 - Adults 

Gardner will be happy to sell copies of her books at the end of the program. For more information, e-mail bdc@bcgov.net or call 843-255-6468. 

Come help us celebrate Family History Month!

08 October 2017

Dig Archaeology? We Have Programs for You!!

Anyone who's read this blog, our Wordpress blog, our website, or attended any of our programs knows that the Beaufort District Collection concentrates on five major themes: local history, Gullah culture, genealogy, natural history and archaeology for South Carolina’s lowcountry areas of Beaufort, Hampton, and Jasper counties. In addition to being Archives Month and Family History Month, October is also South Carolina Archaeology Month. For 15 years, we have celebrated Archaeology Month in some way. This year the BDC is hosting the keynote lecturer, showing an exhibit, and doing my very most favorite library program - "What the Heck Is It?" again. We are grateful for the support of SCIAA, ASSC, and the SC Department of Transportation.



Event Name: “Their Story Ends: Recent Excavations at Edisto Island State Park”
Short Description of Event: Archaeologist Dr. Karen Y. Smith, SCIAA, shares what she learned about 4000 year old Spanish Mount Point mound before it was consumed by the waters. Co-sponsor: Archaeological Society of South Carolina. 85 seats: first come; first seated.
Time and Date of Event: Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Location of Event: BDC@ Beaufort Branch, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC 29902
Price of Event: Free; Ages 12 - Adults 

Event Name: “What the Heck Is It? - Year 5”
Short Description of Event: Drop in with your artifacts and try to stump our learned archaeologists, Dr. Jon Leader and Dr. Eric Poplin. No registration. No limit of the number of items you can bring. Just understand that whatever you bring, you have to do all the lifting and toting to get it into the building and to get it back to your vehicle. Co-sponsor: Archaeological Society of South Carolina.
Time and Date of Event: Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Location of Event: BDC@ Beaufort Branch, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC 29902
Price of Event: Free; Ages 12 - Adults


Anyone who has driven from Beaufort to Charleston on US Hwy 17 has gone across a rich and multi-tiered archaeological site. Learn about the significance of the Combahee River crossing beginning with the Native Americans who camped along its banks, the lost town of Radnor, and the daring raid to free the enslaved by Harriet Tubman and the 2nd US Colored Troops in 1863.

Event Name: “Combahee Ferry Historic District” Exhibit
Short Description of Event:  Co-sponsor: Archaeological Society of South Carolina.
Time and Date of Event: Mondays - Fridays, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, October 2017 - February 2018
Location of Event: Beaufort District Collection, 311 Scott Street, 2nd Floor, Beaufort, SC 29902
Price of Event: Free; Ages 12 - Adults

Please note: Dr. Eric Poplin will be here on Wed., November 15 to lecture on the "Archaeology of the Combahee Ferry Historic District." Please go ahead and pencil this into your calendars.

06 October 2017

The Rite of Spelling Wright Right: Genealogy Tip of the Day

I think that I hear researchers vacillate and argue more about the correct spelling of a person's name than any other family history related activity. Sometimes the arguments become vehement. Genealogical guru Michael John Neill tackles this question in a wonderful blog post "The Rite of Spelling Wright Right" from his Genealogy Tip of the Day blog. It is a common problem and the spelling of names certainly changes through time and sometimes without much explanation. The key point to remember is this: A lot of people simply didn't care so consistent spelling of names is more an exception than the rule. Be open to alternate spellings that would sound similar enough to be worth your while to investigate a bit further.
Don't forget that we have family historian June Gardner here on Oct. 19th to share her knowledge of genealogical research and the publication process. Author of 6 books herself, she is sure to have valuable insights to share during this free workshop. 

Expect good tips on how to avoid some rookie mistakes in sharing your research with family and friends. Please join us. No need to register. Maximum capacity is 30 people.

04 October 2017

Archaeology in State Parks - 2017 Archaeology Month Theme





Now in its 26th year, the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Archaeological Society of South Carolina sponsor an annual South Carolina Archaeology Month.

The goals of SC Archaeology Month are to:
1) Stimulate public pride in our state's 14,000-year archaeological heritage,
2) Increase public understanding of why archaeological research is important,
3) Heighten public awareness of how many  archaeological resources are lost each year in South Carolina,
4) Educate the public about what they can do to help protect, preserve, and study the state’s archaeological resources, and
5) Get more people involved in legitimate archaeological activities. Archaeology Month activities occur through the month and feature a wide variety of programs, events, and activities focused on prehistory, history, cultural heritage, and historic preservation offered in every corner of the state, including county museum, county parks, state parks and national parks. In 2017 we celebrate "Archaeology in State Parks."

Dr. Karen Y. Smith
Our own state park is closed due to hurricane damage but right across St. Helena Sound is Edisto Island. We are lucky to have Dr. Karen Y. Smith, archaeologist with the SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at USC, come to give a talk on recent excavations at Spanish Mount Point at Edisto Island State Park.  Dr. Smith is Director of the Applied Research Division at the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology on the University of South Carolina Campus in Columbia. She is a southeastern archaeologist with a background in Woodland period and plantation-era research and archaeological curation. Her interests also include the application of archaeological dating methods, the development of relational data structures and databases, and the execution of spatial sampling strategies and analysis, all of which have relevance across time and space. She worked in Monticello's Department of Archaeology, Charlottesville, Virginia for 9 years before coming to SCIAA. Karen holds a B.A. from the University of West Georgia (1996), an M.A. from the University of Alabama (1999), and a Ph.D. from the University of Missouri (2009).
 
(Courtesy SCIAA)
Spanish Mount Point is an important Archaic Native American mound situated on a large tidal creek on the landward side of Edisto Beach and is on the front lines of climate change. Although the shellfish mound stood for approximately 4,000 years of human history, in the last century this important site has been betrayed by an incalculable combination of coastal sea level rise, increased coastal development, and strengthening coastal storms. Unfortunately, the climatic issues that we face as a society, indeed, as a species, have already claimed the mound as a victim. You can read a bit more about the race to document the site before it was reclaimed by the sea in this Charleston Post and Courier article.
This BDC program will be held in the Beaufort Branch Meeting Room, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC 29901 at 2 PM (1 hour). The event is free and open to the public! First come, first seated. Capacity is 85 participants. For more information, please contact Grace Cordial at (843) 255-6468 or email gracec@bcgov.net.


(Courtesy SCIAA)

But that's not all. We have several more free archaeology related programs and an exhibit coming soon.



Mon., Oct 2, 2017— Wed., Feb. 28, 2017 “Combahee Ferry Historic District”       Exhibit Anyone who has driven from Beaufort to Charleston on US Hwy 17 has gone across a rich and multi-tiered archaeological site. Learn about the significance of the Combahee River crossing beginning with the Native Americans who camped along its banks, the lost town of Radnor, and the daring raid to free the enslaved led by Harriet Tubman and the 2nd US Colored Troops in 1863. The exhibit is on loan from the South Carolina Department of Transportation. Mondays—Fridays, 9 am to 5 pm, except holidays. See below for details regarding a special lecture on Nov. 15th about this site. 


Sat., Oct. 28: “What The Heck IS It?” with Dr. Jon Leader and Dr. Eric Poplin. Drop In with your artifacts and try to stump the  learned  archaeologists. BDC@  Beaufort Branch Meeting Room, 10 am—1:30 pm. Co-Sponsor: ASSC
 Wed., Nov. 15: Combahee Ferry Historic District” with Dr. Eric Poplin of Brockington & Associates. BDC@ Beaufort Branch Meeting Room, 2 pm. First come; First Seated (Maximum Capacity: 85) 

We hope that you'll be able to join us.