23 March 2017

Harriet Tubman: A Glimpse into the Life of a Woman of Courage

As you are probably aware by now, seats at the highly popular - and free! - Beaufort History Museum/Beaufort County Library local history series go quickly. As of this writing (3/23/2017 4:30pm), there are only 23 seats left. Register and be sure to print out your ticket and bring it along with you on the day of the program: https://beauforthistorymuseum.wildapricot.org/event-2499875 Closed when full.

Hear about Harriet Tubman’s (aka, Araminta Ross) life as a slave, her escape to freedom, and her work with the Underground Railroad. You’ll learn how she helped to liberate hundreds of Lowcountry slaves in the Combahee Raid during the Civil War and about her work after the war as a humanitarian, suffragette and friend to the indigent.

Lecturer: Andrea Allen, Beaufort History Museum Board Member
Andrea is a member of the historic Tabernacle Baptist Church in downtown Beaufort, where she is a musician for the Senior Choir and serves as Sunday School Superintendent. She retired in 2015 from the Coastal Empire Community Mental Health Center, as the Assistant Director for a five-county area, after serving 37 years in the SC Department of Mental Health. She joined the Board of Directors of the Beaufort History Museum in January 2016.


19 March 2017

New Collection of Women Marine Records at the National Archives

 It's National Women's History Month. Did you know that all the women recruits for the United States Marines Corps go through boot camp at Parris Island? 

   From the National Archives Catalog e-newsletter of March 9, 2017:

Records relating to the 1968 Marine Corps commemoration of 25 years of Marine women which included a yearlong celebration designed to honor women Marines, past and present. Included are official biographies and photographs of Marine women directors; and of the young, active duty Marine women representing each state, comprising the 1968 Governors' Platoon. Includes photographs digitized for online access.

Questions or comments? Email us at catalog@nara.gov.

15 March 2017

Military History Program this Saturday

We begin our commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Great War with "Send in the Marines" on Saturday, March 18th.

3/17/2017 - PLEASE NOTE: The location of this program has changed to the 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC - just outside our Research Room door. 

The Great War had broken out 1914 with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand  and his wife Sophie of Austria on June 28, 1914. For three years, Woodrow Wilson and the United States monitored what was happening in Europe as the empires of Austria, Germany, Ottoman, and Bulgaria fought against the Allied Powers of Great Britain, France, Italy and Russia. Wilson beefed up America's military, ended child labor, supported the right of women to cast votes, and dreamed of a League of Nations to secure the peace once hostilities ended. During the Republican Convention of 1916 at which Wilson was nominated for a second term, the delegates cheered a new campaign slogan, "He Kept Us Out of War," which world conditions made a hope more than a promise.

When the Great War broke out, there were less than 14,000 United States Marines and officers. When the guns fell silent on Armistice Day 1918, there were 72,920 United States Marines and officers. After America declared war on Germany on April 6, 1916, over 2 million Americans fought in World War I.

Our program "Send in the Marines" discusses the role of Parris Island in preparing Marines to go "Hang the Kaiser." Next month a program sponsored by the Parris Island Historical and Museum Society and its partner the Historic Port Royal Foundation,  examines the role played by the Corps during the war. The two programs naturally complement each other. So take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about Marine Corps history at each of these free programs. 

Event Name: “Send in the Marines”                                                                                     
Short Description of Event: Dave Smoot explains the role Parris Island played in preparing to go “Hang the Kaiser” as the United States enters World War I.
Time and Date of Event: Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 1:00 PM
Location of Event: BDC@ Beaufort Branch, 1st floor, Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC 29902
Price of Event: Free; Ages 12 – Adults
Contact info: Grace Cordial, 843-255-6468

Event Name: “The Marines in World War I”
Short Description of Event: Author Mike Miller will discuss the role played by the USMC during the Great War. This event is sponsored by the Parris Island Historical and Museum Society and the Historic Port Royal Foundation.
Time and Date of Event: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 6:00 PM
Location of Event: Union Church, 1004 11th Street, Port Royal, SC 29935
Price of Event: Free; All Ages
Contact info:  Caroline Fermin Ed.pihms@gmail.com  or Jim Crower jcrower@yahoo.com Website:   http://www.mcrdpimuseum.com/

12 March 2017

Sunshine Week

It's Sunshine Week 

at the National Archives!

March 12-18 is Sunshine Week - the week we celebrate open government, accountability, and access to public information.

In honor of this yearly event, we’ve created a special transcription mission for FOIA, Special Access and recently declassified records. How many pages can we transcribe this week? 1,000? 1,500? Jump in and help us make these records more discoverable online! Every page you transcribe helps unlock history.

Learn more about Sunshine Week from our Office of Government Information Services

Source: National Archives Catalog newsletter received March 9, 2017 

08 March 2017

More Local History Programs are on our Schedule

March is Women's History Month. To celebrate the Beaufort History Museum / Beaufort County Library is hosting

A Woman Who Changed Beaufort — Abbie Holmes Christensen
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 2 PM

Beaufort Branch Library

311 Scott Street

3.09.2017 - All seats have been taken. Registration for this event is closed. If you registered, please print out your confirmation and bring it with you to the program. 
Hear Anne Christensen Pollitzer talk about her great grandmother Abbie Holmes Christensen and her legacy. Abbie Holmes Christensen came to Beaufort during the Civil War with her Abolitionist parents and made a lasting impact through her educational, business and civic contributions. She was an abolitionist, civic leader, businesswoman, and founder of the Port Royal Agricultural School, as well as an activist for the temperance, suffrage and civil rights movements.

Anne Christensen Pollitzer, a fifth generation Beaufortonian, was a teacher for 34 years and founded the Montessori School in Beaufort. Anne Pollitzer’s cousin, Carroll Christensen Sommerville Eve, will also share her personal memories of growing up in Beaufort with her grandmother Abbie Holmes Christensen. Registration is necessary. (It would be a good idea to print out your confirmation.) Only a few seats remain!  https://beauforthistorymuseum.wildapricot.org/event-2480695

We are also nearing the 100th anniversary of America's entry into World War 1. The so-called, "War to End all Wars", began in 1914. For three years, President Woodrow Wilson did his best to follow George Washington's advice about avoiding foreign entanglements.  Wilson was re-elected in 1916 with the slogan, "He kept us out of war." By 1917, keeping out was no longer possible. Aggressive and deadly forces would endanger America and propel us into the conflict. When all else fails, "Send in the Marines". Dave Smoot explains the role Parris Island played in preparing to go “Hang the Kaiser” as the US enters World War I. First come; first seated. Door will open at 12:40 pm.

Saturday, March 18 at 1:00 PM | BDC@ Beaufort Branch | Ages 12 - Adult
Dave Smoot explains the role Parris Island played in preparing to go “Hang the Kaiser” as the US enters World War I.