24 August 2016

Fall Program Schedule, Sept. - Nov. 2016




Below is the list of Beaufort District Collection programs we submitted for the Library's Fall newsletter. We cover a local scandal, a characteristic linking the European explorers to a modern inventor, the ever popular archaeological artifact identification session in honor of Archaeology Month, and a new presentation especially and specifically created for the residents of rural Northern Beaufort County beyond the USMC Air Station about the long and storied history of Prince William's Parish. Each of these four programs are free and open to the public. We'd love to see you at one, two, three, or even all four of the programs! (Please monitor this blog for any changes to the roster.) 

JACKPOT: HIGH TIMES, HIGH SEAS, AND THE STING THAT LAUNCHED THE WAR ON DRUGS
Wednesday, September 14 at 5:30pm | BDC @ BEA | Adults
Former Beaufort Gazette reporter and author Jason Ryan discusses the biggest local scandal of the late 1970s – early 1980s.

SPIRIT OF EXPLORATION
Saturday, October 1 at 1:00pm | BDC @ STH | Ages 12 - Adult
Author Rachel Haynie examines the drive to conquer the unknown that links the Santa Elena pioneers to the inventor of the laser, Charles Towne.

“WHAT THE HECK IS IT?” YEAR 4
Saturday, October 8 at 10:30am - 1:30pm | BDC | Ages 12 - Adult
Try to stump our renowned archaeologists with your unidentified artifacts. Co-sponsor: Beaufort Chapter, ASSC.

HISTORY OF NORTHERN BEAUFORT COUNTY
Saturday, November 5 at 1:00pm | BDC @ LOB | Ages 12 - Adult
Grace Cordial uses special collection items to shed light on the past of settlements north of the Whale Branch River.

In addition, Mrs. Cordial is guest speaker on the topic of "Beaufort District and the United States Constitution" at the Santa Elena History Center on Wed., Sept. 21, 2016 at 4:00 pm.  Santa Elena History Center is in charge of the arrangements. (Fee)

21 August 2016

Jackpot & Ryan Return September 14th

As most of you may know, one of the duties of the Beaufort District Collection is to share information about non-fiction books relating to the history, culture, and environment of our county in the BDC@The Branches series. History includes uplifting examples of the noble American spirit and history includes not-so-uplifting examples of bad behavior, criminal enterprise, and greed. We kick off our Fall 2016 offerings with a reprise of an author book talk about Operation Jackpot, a criminal investigation of local illicit smuggling during the Reagan era in which some unsavory behavior led to some rather surprising convictions. 

Topographically speaking, if smuggling is on your mind, then our county's waterways are just about perfect! For centuries pirates, respectable citizens, and not-so-respectable citizens have trafficked in legal and illegal substances and products through our maze of waterways. Whether you are smuggling liquor or slaves or drugs does not really make much of a difference from the standpoint of the topography. But the product being smuggled can make a whole lot of difference in a nation's assessment of what to do about the smuggling. Such was the case for Operation Jackpot. 


In the 1970s and 1980s, some Beaufort and Hilton Head Island area residents were caught and convicted for running drugs. Jason Ryan, former Beaufort Gazette and The State reporter, investigated the case and its effects and wrote Jackpot, an exploration of local drug smuggling activities placed in terms of its global context. We hosted Jason Ryan when his book first came out 5 years ago to great popular acclaim. (We even had some of the key law enforcement personnel (now retired) involved in the investigation present as audience members that provided some new insights.) Here's your chance to learn the true story of Beaufort County's biggest scandal of the later 20th century.


Jackpot: High Times, High Seas, and the Sting that Launched the War on Drugs Program and Book Signing with Jason Ryan. Free. Open to anyone over age 12 interested in the enduring history of smuggling in our local area.
BDC@ Beaufort Branch Library, Children's Programming Room
Wed., September 14th
Program begins promptly at 5:30 pm

Please note: Topic might be unsuitable for minors. Parental guidance is advised.



14 August 2016

Research Room Schedule, August 15 - 19

We're still running short of staff requiring adjustments to our usual Research Room schedule. Regular hours are scheduled to resume (barring anything unforeseen) on Monday, August 22nd. But in the meantime, here's the schedule for the upcoming week:   


Mon., August 15: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 5 pm
Tues., August 16: By advance appointment only
Wed., August 17: By advance appointment only
Thurs., August 18: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 5 pm
Fri., August 19: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 3 pm

Don't forget that the Pollitzer Family exhibit on loan from the South Carolina Historical Society is in the 2nd floor Gallery, 311 Scott Street, Mondays though Fridays 9 am to 5 pm until 31 August 2016.

07 August 2016

Research Room Schedule, August 8 - 12

While the unit is short of staff, the Research Room will be closed at lunchtime, Noon to 1 pm, this week.

Mon., August 8: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 5 pm
Tues., August 9th: By advance appointment only
Wed., August 10th: By advance appointment only
Thurs., August 11: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 5 pm
Fri., August 12: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 3 pm

Regular hours are scheduled to resume Mon., August 22nd. (Though the unexpected has, can, and may happen.)

Don't forget that the Pollitzer Family exhibit on loan from the South Carolina Historical Society is in the 2nd floor Gallery, 311 Scott Street, Mondays though Fridays 9 am to 5 pm until 31 August 2016. 

31 July 2016

Anticipated Research Room Schedule Adjustments in August

Check the Schedule before Traveling!
The BDC Research Room has some anticipated schedule adjustments to our customary hours of operation in August. Please pencil the following lunchtime closures into your calendars:  


Thurs., August 4: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 5 pm
Fri., August 5: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 3 pm
Mon., August 8: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 5 pm
Thurs., August 11: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 5 pm
Fri., August 12: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 3 pm
Mon., August 15: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 5 pm
Thurs., August 18: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 5 pm
Fri., August 19: Research Room open 9 am to Noon; closed Noon to 1 pm; open 1 pm to 3 pm

Research appointments will be quite limited from August 3 - August 23 due to staff shortage.

A reminder to all that the Pollitzer Family exhibit on loan from the South Carolina Historical Society is in the 2nd floor Gallery, 311 Scott Street, Mondays though Fridays 9 am to 5 pm until 31 August 2016. 
Courtesy of South Carolina Historical Society

Drop by to learn about an influential Jewish immigrant family who arrived in here during the Civil War and whose descendants have remained to contribute to Beaufort County's business, educational, literary, political and philanthropic endeavors.