24 April 2015

Learn Basic Preservation Principles and Techniques at Bluffton Branch

As the Library system’s special local history collection and archives, we preserve materials in the BDC each and every day. Our highest priority is to be good stewards of the cultural heritage materials entrusted to us for the community. Therefore we must be up-to-date on preservation thought, practices, and techniques. Part of being a good cultural heritage materials steward is sharing our knowledge about preservation practices with the community in order to empower you to better protect your own treasures. Preservation Week lets us share some general principles of preservation that can mitigate a host of potential problems. Join me to learn what we can do, individually and together, to preserve our personal and shared collections. 

Tuesday, April 28 at 1 pm | BDC@ Bluffton Branch
Learn basic strategies to extend the life of your paper-based family treasures during Preservation Week 2015 with the Library system’s archivist, Grace Cordial. This presentation is an introduction to basic preservation practices and techniques for paper-based materials such as letters, Family bibles, certificates and diplomas, memorabilia, and photographic prints. This free BDC@ Bluffton Branch program will be held Tuesday, April 28 from 1 pm – 3 pm.  Maximum 20 people, first come, first seated.
Together we can save our personal history for those who will come after us.

PSST: Don't forget to come to the BDC on Thursday, April 23 to view the "Heart of the Home" exhibit before Dr. Chester DePratter tells all about the Santa Elena archaeological site at 6 pm. 

19 April 2015

Archaeology Program: Santa Elena

DIGGING AT SANTA ELENA  (Archaeology & Local History)
Thursday, April 23 at 6 pm | Beaufort District Collection

Archaeologist Chester DePratter explains the archaeology of the former capital of New Spain, Santa Elena. Co-sponsored by Beaufort Chapter, Archaeological Society of South Carolina. 

Dr. DePratter, University of South Carolina, will give an overview on his excavations at French Charlesfort (1562-1563) and Santa Elena (1566-1587), capital of Spanish Florida, on Parris Island. Stanley South first worked on the Santa Elena site in 1979, and DePratter joined him in 1989. In 1996, they discovered the remains of Charlesfort, three hundred yards north where it was previously thought to have been located.  Excavations in the town of Santa Elena have uncovered remains of two forts, one of the governor's houses and outbuildings, several wells, a pottery kiln, and other parts of the town. Fieldwork at Charlesfort/Santa Elena will be reinitiated in spring, 2016, with the support of the Santa Elena Foundation. This free BDC@ the BDC program is first come, first seated. (We can seat 45 comfortably; we can seat 50 if we squish everyone together.) 

Come early to hear Dr. DePratter and you can take advantage of special hours for the "Heart of the Home" exhibit. On Thursday April 23rd, the exhibit and artifacts will be on display 10 am until 6 pm. So drop by early, enjoy the exhibit and artifacts from an 18th century interior Beaufort District rice plantation, and then relish the lecture about Santa Elena. 

Reminder: All units of the Beaufort County Library, including the BDC, will be closed on Wed., April 22nd for staff training.

18 April 2015

"Mama's Garden"

We continue to celebrate National Poetry Month by sharing some poems from titles in our holdings here in the Beaufort District Collection and/or in the local history sections.

Beaufort's native daughter, Patricia Bee, wrote of her "Mama's Garden:"

We were taught to give our flowers
While Mama's eyes could see
She left us pearls of wisdom
To carry on our legacy.

Check out Mama's Pearls: Gullah Poetry to Live By from the local history sections at the branch libraries: 811.6 BEE

Have you been inspired by these snippets to try your hand at poetry? If so, you can write your own poem and post it in the Library system's "Sticky Poetry" initiative at your favorite branch library!  

16 April 2015

Author Book Talk Saturday

Just a reminder:  

Beaufort native son, Charles Wersler, will talk about his research for Last Ferry to Beaufort: The Life and Times of Captain Willie Roberts, 1865-1952 this Saturday, April 18th beginning at 1 pm. Copies of his book will be available for purchase and personalization until 3 pm. No need to register. The program is free.

We enjoy offering the community "instructive and enlightening experiences."

15 April 2015

BDC Programs & An Exhibit

Saturday, April 18, 1 to 3 pm.
Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort

DIGGING AT SANTA ELENA with Dr. Chester DePratter
Thursday, April 23, 6 to 7:30 pm
Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort


Tuesday, April 28 at 1 pm 
BDC@Bluffton Branch, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton

Learn basic strategies to extend the life of your paper-based family treasures such as letters, Bibles, certificates and diplomas, memorabilia, and photographic prints with the BDC's certified archivist, Grace Cordial. 

March 16 – June 12, 10 am – 5 pm, M – F | Beaufort District Collection
A collapsed kitchen provides a unique look at  an 18th  century interior Beaufort District rice plantation near Coosawhatchie. Curated by Georgia Southern University’s Dr. Sue Moore and Lilith Logan. Closed April 22 and May 25. Special hours on Sat., April 18, 11 am – 1 pm and Thurs., April 23, 10 am – 6 pm. Co-sponsored by Beaufort Chapter, ASSC.

We're highlighting some of our poetry related resources in the Research Room display case along with including some poems throughout the rest of this month.