16 November 2017

Chronicling America Gets Even Better



Those of you who frequent our programs probably know how much I appreciate the Chronicling America Historic American newspapers website. They just keep making it better by extending its periods of coverage. Details are in this newsletter notice I cut-and-pasted from Library of Congress Weekly Digest Bulletin Sent Sun 10/29/2017 11:29 AM - Grace
Chronicling America : Historic American Newspapers (Digital Collection)

The Library of Congress has made some significant updates and additions to the Chronicling America web site recently:
  • Newspapers selected and digitized by the Alaska State Library and History Colorado began to be added to the more than 12 million pages from 41 other states and territories and the District of Columbia
  • Expanded coverage of the  twentieth-century newspapers, with some newspapers published up to 1943 now available (and more in process, up to 1963) - see http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/newspapers/ and sort by Latest Issue Available to see the most recent
  • Adding to non-English newspapers already available published in French, German, and Spanish, Chronicling America now includes newspapers published by and for U. S. ethnic and immigrant communities in Croatian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Icelandic, Polish, Slovenian and Swedish with more on the way. (Newspapers in these languages are now accessible from the site through browsing with the Ethnicity filter on http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/#tab=tab_newspapers and general keyword search -  additional language-specific search filters will be added shortly.)
  • Updated software (github.com/LibraryOfCongress/chronam) and server architecture to improve performance and redundancy of resources.
  • Now more than 12.4 million pages available, published 1789-1943, from 2361 titles, contributed by 43 states and territories and the Library of Congress
Explore Chronicling America and point your RSS feed reader to http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/newspapers/feed/ for details on Recent Additions. Follow us on Twitter @librarycongress #ChronAm!

Schedule adjustments: All units of the Library system will close at 5 pm on Wed., Nov. 22nd. All units of the Library system will be closed Thurs., Nov. 23rd and Fri., Nov. 24th for the Thanksgiving holidays. Regular hours resume on Sat., Nov. 25th. 

12 November 2017

Poplin Lectures about the Combahee Ferry River Crossing on Nov. 15th

Archaeology is one of the key themes in our holdings here in the Beaufort District Collection. We try to offer enlightening, illuminating and educational programs and exhibits from time to time on the status of archaeology within the area. This week we have a lecture to supplement the "Combahee Ferry Historic District Exhibit" currently on display in the 2nd floor lobby.
Event Name:  “Archaeology of the Combahee Ferry Historic District"
Short Description of Event: Dr. Eric Poplin of Brockington and Associates discusses the archaeology performed before the Harriet Tubman Bridge spanning the Combahee River was constructed. First come; First Seated (Maximum capacity: 85) Co-Sponsor: ASSC
Time and Date of Event: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 2:00 pm
Location of Event: BDC@ Beaufort Branch Library, 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, the daring raid to free the enslaved led by Harriet Tubman and the 2nd US Colored Troops in 1863 up to the time of the new bridge. Come learn about this crucial transportation crossing through time by viewing the exhibit on loan from the SC Department of Transportation and by listening to Dr. Poplin's lecture. Doing so will change how you view your next trip up Highway 17 to Charleston.

08 November 2017

World War I Resources for Veteran's Day

On the 11th day of the 11th month at 11:00 am in 1918, by agreement, the guns of the nations at war since 1914 fell silent. At its conclusion, the total military dead was 8.5 million. Estimates of civilian casualties range from 6 to 13 million.

Under any reckoning, World War I, "The War to End All Wars," (AKA "The Great War") was a cataclysm of destruction and slaughter. The BDC offers these suggestions how to learn more about your World War I ancestor.


The Official Roster of South Carolina Soldiers, Sailors and Marines in the World War, 1917-1918 is in the BDC Research Room for family historians to find a synopsis of an ancestor's WWI service record. It is also online through the South Carolina State Library Digital Collection. We maintain an obituary file which includes notices of local men killed during the War and a vertical file headed History--World War, 1914-1918. The BDC postcard collection contains a number of contemporary postcards about the training of Marines on Parris Island during the period. 
Available in our Research Room

You can find World War I Draft Registration cards in the Ancestry Library Edition database we provide inside all Library facilities.  This record series is particularly important because in 1917 and 1918, approximately 24 million men living in the United States completed a World War I draft registration card. These registration cards represent approximately 98% of the men under the age of 46. The total U.S. population in 1917-1918 was about 100 million individuals. In other words, close to 25% of the total population is represented in these records.

To learn more about the types of records compiled about World War I, read the Prologue article, They Answered the Call: Military Service in the United States Army During World War I, 1917-1919 by Mitchell Yockelson which is available on line at
http://www.archives.gov/publications/prologue/1998/fall/military-service-in-world-war-one.html. Contact the National Archives for a copy of the official military service record of a U.S. veteran who served during the Great War.  Details at http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

All units of the Beaufort County Library will be closed on Friday, November 10th and Saturday, November 11th. Regular hours resume on Monday, November 13th.

05 November 2017

Have You Reserved Your Seat Yet?

Want to observe an important anniversary in the history of Beaufort District and the United States? It's been 156 years since the Battle of Port Royal Sound changed history forever. You have the opportunity to hear a gifted author and presenter tell you all about it. 
  • Customer Question: I came to one of Beverly Eggert's presentations about this topic last season. Will this presentation be the same as hers? 
  • My Answer: The battle was important on so many levels that different aspects can be pointed out by different presenters so while the topic is the same, I am certain that the presentations will be different because the two presenters are quite different in backgrounds. Ms. Eggert was a retired school teacher of English, a self-described “historical storyteller” who liked to share stories based in history; Mr. Coker is a museum curator, photographs archivist, and author of a highly regarded popular book about the battle appropriately entitled The Battle of Port Royal for the Civil War Sesquicentennial series published by the History Press. (We have copies that you can check out from the Local History sections at the regular branch libraries.) I think that you should come to the lecture so you can compare the two approaches. Mike Coker is an excellent speaker. I'm sure that you will enjoy learning more about this critical military engagement from him.
As of this writing, there are still some seats available. Registration: https://beauforthistorymuseum.wildapricot.org/event-2672851  



Don't delay. Sign up today - before all the seats are taken.

Reminder: The Beaufort County Library system will be closed on Fri., Nov. 10th and Sat., Nov. 11th for Veteran's Day.

01 November 2017

Dr. Poplin Returns: Combahee Ferry Historic District Archaeology

One of our very most favorite archaeologists, Dr. Eric Poplin of Brockington and Associates, returns on Wed., November 15, 2017. This time his topic is the archaeology done in advance of the new bridge linking Beaufort and Colleton Counties at the Combahee River. He was the lead archaeologist investigating the uses of the area by Native Americans, colonial settlers, and by both Confederates and Federals during the Civil War. The bridge was named the "Harriet Tubman" bridge in honor of a daring raid up the river that freed an estimated 700 - 800 enslaved people in 1863.

We will have 85 seats available on a first come; first seated basis in the Beaufort Branch Meeting Room, 1st floor, 311 Scott Street. We hope that you'll be able to join us.

The exhibit is on display in the 2nd floor lobby just outside the BDC Research Room door, Mondays - Fridays 9 am to 5 pm with the exception of holidays and unexpected closures. Please note: The Library system will be closed on Fri., Nov. 10th and Sat., Nov. 11th for Veterans Day.