16 February 2009

Tombee Book Discussion on Thursday at 5:30pm

You are invited to join a book discussion group on Tombee: Portrait of a Cotton Planter edited by Theodore Rosengarten on Thurs., Feb. 19, 2009 at 5:30pm in the Children’s Programming Room of Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott Street.

Tombee examines the life and times of Thomas B. Chaplin, plantation owner, as seen through his edited journals, 1845 - 1861, with updates by Thomas himself in 1868, 1874, and 1886. Supplemental materials from the holdings of the BDC will be on display during the Book Club. While it is not necessary to have read the book to attend, doing so would likely make it easier for you to participate in the discussion.

I call the presentation part "Finding the 'R's in Tombee" since we'll be talking about Thomas's relationships with family, friends, and slavery, politics, religion, Reconstruction, reformation, and how Rosengarten interprets Sea Island society during the mid-19th century. And, yes, we will have to discuss Thomas's relationship with his mother, Isabella Caroline Field Jenkins Fields Chaplin Baker.

Q: A woman with that many names must have led a complex life, don't you think?

We never really know how many folks to expect for a BCL adult program since we seldom require pre-registration or a fee. And of course, the hardest work is always in designing what the program will involve and what documents best illustrate the points to be made during the program. The reward for us librarians is in having enough folks attend and enjoy the program to justify the amount of preparation that goes into putting together the program. So, if you are even in the least little bit interested in this topic, come on down to the Beaufort Branch Library on Thursday, Feb. 19th at 5:30pm.

We'll leave the light on!

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