16 September 2014

Celebrate Constitution Day Sept. 17th

September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution in Philadelphia 227 years ago. Recognizing that the Articles of Confederation were insufficient for governance, delegates from the 13 states debated issues of federalism and representation throughout May and into September. 

Four men from South Carolina signed the document that has become the longest-lived national constitution in the world. These men were John Rutledge, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Charles Pinckney and Pierce Butler. America's Founding Fathers website gives a brief biographical sketch of each man. Each one had a connection to Beaufort District. 

South Carolina's delegates were strong advocates for protecting
Pierce Butler
property rights particularly with regard to the enslaved and in determining the formula for  representation under the proposed new form of government.
I posted the source list for a presentation I did back in March 2014 about the role that Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, Pierce Butler and John Keans of Beaufort District played in the formation and adoption of United States Constitution in the bdcbcl.wordpress.com blog recently. Find "Beaufort District's Role in the Formation and Adoption of the US Constitution" at http://bit.ly/1uByfNY.  

After a few months, the delegates had created a draft of a proposed Constitution to structure a new government for the fledgling nation. According to the History Channel's webpages about the US Constitution: "The document that emerged from the Philadelphia Convention of 1787 was the product of a sense of urgency and of mission, solid preparation, and secret debate that allowed open-mindedness and compromise, and a body of delegates who in the aggregate possessed both a command of political philosophy and much practical experience under state constitutions and the Articles of Confederation."
Charles C. Pinckney
The US National Archives is responsible for the caring for the US Constitution. Check out the DocsTeach website devoted to learning more about this document. 

Be sure to visit the BDC's Facebook page on September 17th  for additional tidbits about the defining document of our republic. (Please "Like" us while you're there.)

To see what is available within the Beaufort County Library about this crucial document, click here for a bookbag I  created on "Founding Fathers."

15 September 2014

History Programs and Exhibits Around the County

History is all around us, all the time, here in Beaufort County! Because we are the Library system's liaison to the Beaufort County Historical Resources Consortium, we  get notices about what is going on in our sister cultural heritage agencies.  Here's a few lectures and exhibits (in alphabetical order by name of the sponsor) to help satisfy your urge for adding to your historical knowledge during the next two weeks or so:

Beaufort County Historical Society: Shanklin School Historic Marker Dedication Thursday, September 18th at 10 am on Shanklin Rd. followed with a lecture by Anne Christensen Pollitzer and vintage slides of Shanklin School at Noon, Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club.

Beaufort District Collection: We're doing a supplemental Show-and-Tell about the Byrne Miller Collection in our archives at Teresa Bruce's talk at the Beaufort Branch Book Club meeting Thursday, September 18th at 5:30pm; "Creating the Carolinas" traveling exhibit from the South Carolina Historical Society opens October 1st.  Both the program and the exhibit are free.

Beaufort History Museum: is open and ready for customers on the 2nd floor of the Arsenal building on Craven Street in downtown Beaufort.

Coastal Discovery Museum and Heritage Library Foundation: "Hilton Head in the Modern Era” series continues with Rebekah Dobrasko on “Lowcountry African American Schools, 1920 – 1970,″ Tuesday, September 23, at the Coligny Theater, Coligny Plaza.  

Heritage Library Foundation: "Exploring Irish Roots," Friday, September 26 and "Starting Family History Research," 2 session workshop, Wednesdays October 1 and October 8.

Historic Beaufort Foundation: “Dinner and a Lecture” series continues on Monday, September 22, 2014 with Colin Brooker lecturing on: "Tabby, Pisé and Cob: Investigations, Discovery and Interpretation."

Penn Center: Exhibit of "Sanfoka Slave Artifact Collection," through October 3. 

Please contact the sponsoring agency for details and fees.

11 September 2014

Remembering 9-11

Courtesy of Wikipedia
Today we remember the impact of September 11, 2001 by re-posting the September 11, 2012 entry in this blog:  

One of the local reactions to the events of 9-11 is a small unique collection of oral histories recorded as part of the September Project, 2004. The September Project's goal was that: "On Saturday, September 11th, 2004, people across the nation will go to public spaces to participate collectively and think creatively about our country, our government, and our media. With public libraries as host, The September Project will help facilitate talks and roundtables, public forums, and performances in towns and cities across the US."

On that Saturday morning, Fran Hays (then a Beaufort Branch Reference Librarian, now the Reference Manager at St. Helena Branch) set up a cassette tape recording station for people from our community to share their memories of that tragic day in 2001. Almost a dozen Beaufort residents and visitors offered their oral history recollections and reflections on what was the 3rd anniversary of the terrorist attack.

These oral histories are first-hand reflections on the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Flight 93, and the consequences of the terrorist attacks on American freedoms, with a lapse of three years to process one's grief, emotions, and reactions. The recordings were placed in the BDC for permanent retention upon conclusion of the project. Beloved BDC docent, Hugh Folk, transcribed the oral histories in 2008. Charmaine Concepcion and I recently reviewed, edited, and added explanatory content to the transcriptions. Read the oral history transcripts.

You'll have to drop by the BDC Research Room to hear the audio recordings. Our customary hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays, 10 am until 5 pm. We would love to have you visit!

10 September 2014

Teresa Bruce: Author Book Talk (with archives Show-and-Tell)

Beaufort Branch Book Club: The Other Mother

Teresa Bruce, author of The Other Mother, mined the journals and images of the Byrne Miller Collection of the Beaufort District Collection as both source and inspiration to provide context to the relationship she had with this extraordinary woman. Bruce and Cordial discuss the book and how special collection materials and archives can support writers. There will be show-and-tell.  

Join us Thursday, September 18, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm in the Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC, 29902. The book club is free and open to anyone over age 12 interested in the topic. Contact info: 843-255-6468, gracec@bcgov.net  

05 September 2014

Celebrating Archaeology

Throughout the year, the Beaufort District Collection brings in authors and speakers who address local history, archaeology, Gullah culture, genealogy, natural history and preservation issues. We try to mix days of the week and times of the day so that some programs are held on evenings and/or weekends at various locations to accommodate working families and middle and high school students. Here's what we've planned for Archaeology Month in October: 

Prof. Chris Judge, USC-Lancaster
Our expert and special guest is Professor Chris Judge of USC-Lancaster, a very popular speaker with Beaufort County residents.  His research focus is Native American archaeology. His lectures are co-sponsored by the Beaufort District Collection's decade long partner for Archaeology Month, Beaufort County Planning.  2014 lectures are co-sponsored by South Carolina Historical Society; the Beaufort Chapter and Hilton Head Chapters, ASSC; Coastal Discovery Museum, and the Arkhaois Cultural Heritage and Archaeology Film Festival.

Wed., Oct. 22, 2014   
  • Coastal Discovery Museum , Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island at Noon.
  • Learn about the archaeology of the local Yamasee Indians from 1684 up to the start of the Yamasee War, the most significant Native uprising of the early colonial period.
  • Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort at 6 pm. 
  • Between 1000 BC and AD 1200 Native American societies in South Carolina introduced the bow and arrow, expanded recently invented clay pottery traditions, began growing native crops in gardens and buried certain individuals with great fanfare and effort.  Archaeologists call these societies "Woodland" and new research across the Carolinas is shedding new light on these people. This talk will explore these topics.
If you have an artifact (or two or even four) lying around your house that you're just dying to know what it is, bring it (or them) to one of the "What The Heck Is It?" sessions.
  • South of the Broad River residents may prefer to take their artifacts to the session at Coastal Discovery Museum for South of the Broad River residents on October 11th, 1 - 4 pm.
  • North of the Broad River residents may prefer to attend the BDC and the Beaufort Chapter, ASSC session on Saturday, October 18th at the BDC, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort - which just so happens to also be International Archaeology Day.  Dr. Eric Poplin and Dr. Jonathan Leader will be returning to identify your artifacts.  

Could there be a better way to celebrate? We think, "Not!"  All lectures and "What the Heck Is It?" sessions are free and open to the public. Please join us!