16 September 2013

Beaufort Volunteer Artillery, the Constitution, Newspapers, and Medicine

It's going to be an exciting week!    

Tues., Sept. 17th:  Ron Roth will be at the BDC@ the Arsenal at 7:00 pm to talk about the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery - in its former quarters. This "Civil War 150" program is co-sponsored by the Greater Beaufort Chamber of Commerce.  

Roth is former director and CEO of the Reading Public Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania, and director of the Nebraska Museum of Art of the University of Nebraska.  He has curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions from the Patriotic Paintings of N.C. Wyeth to a major exhibition with international glass artist Dale Chihuly. More recently as an independent curator and consultant he researched and wrote the script for the permanent exhibition area of the Central Pennsylvania African American Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania and its exhibit on the Underground Railroad in central Pennsylvania.  Most recently he curated and designed an exhibition for the Historic Beaufort Foundation in Beaufort, South Carolina, on the history of the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery, one of the United State’s first organized, military units.

As an educator he has made many presentations for diverse audiences including high schools, universities, service clubs, Elder Hostel and most recently the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of the University of South Carolina, Beaufort.  

He wrote and narrated a popular statewide weekly radio program on the arts for Nebraska Public Radio, and has been a seasonal historian and licensed battlefield guide for the Gettysburg National Military Park. His publications include non-fiction, fiction, poetry, museum catalogues and educational publications.  He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio,  and a Masters-At-Teaching degree in Museum Studies from George Washington University, Washington D.C.

Tues., Sept. 17th is also Constitution Day.  View an online stream from the US National Archives, The State of the Constitution: What Americans Really Know.     In partnership with the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution at James Madison's Montpelier, our program will feature real-time audience polling as we explore common perceptions (and misconceptions) of U.S. constitutional law. Watch live online at www.ustream.tv/usnationalarchives at 7:30 pm  - but only if you simply cannot attend the BDC's own "Civil War 150" program about the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery with SC Humanities scholar (and Beaufort County resident) Ron Roth at the Arsenal at 7:00 pm. 

An alternate way to acknowledge Constitution Day is to take the HISTORY® Test your history and civics knowledge with the Citizenship Quiz!

HISTORY® challenges all American students to take the Citizenship Quiz, and test your knowledge of U.S. history and civics. The Citizenship Quiz is based on the 100 questions on the official test for those becoming new citizens. Visit
HISTORY® online to take the Citizenship Quiz! For teachers: You will also find an exciting interactive online board game, teacher's guides, and related activities for the classroom.

Wed., Sept. 18th: Kate Boyd and Craig Keeney on Civil War Newspapers in the BDC Research Room at 1:00 pm and a reprise of "Civil War Medicine" with Dave Smoot when the BDC travels to St. Helena Branch Library at 6:00 pm.

Thurs., Sept. 19th: Dave Smoot does a presentation about the medical care received by Stonewall Jackson after the battle of Chancellorsville for the Beaufort County Historical Society meeting.   

By the way, the Virginia Military Institute Archives has a wonderful digital collection about Gen. Jackson as does the Civil War Trust.

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