We know that opinions about Civil War 150 have been quite varied - as widely as the demographics of the people in our library service area should indicate. Our goal was to support informed civic discourse and to provide an insightful barely-beyond-the-cradle-to-almost-in-the-grave enlightening experience for our diverse community. We wanted to encourage thoughtful consideration to the complex issues of the war by exposing our community to a variety of viewpoints about the Civil War (AKA War of the Rebellion, War Between the States, War of Northern Aggression, Second American Revolution) and I feel that the series thus far has certainly pushed us all in that direction. If you participated in any of our offerings thus far and think otherwise, please speak now by commenting to this blog entry.
The last chance to view the Civil War150 exhibit in Beaufort County is this Mon., Sept. 30, 10 am – 5 pm. Charmaine and I pack up the exhibit and ship it out first thing on Tuesday morning. This will also be the last chance you will have to pick up a discount voucher for select tours and exhibits from our partners. (Remember: the vouchers expire on Halloween). We would love for you to come visit the exhibit on Monday and share any final comments or observations about this phase of the "One County Reads the Civil War" project in our guest register.
Don't forget to view items from Dr. Robert Lisle's personal collection relating to Civil War era photography in the BDC Research Room.
Even so, please, do not think that we are completely done with the Civil War yet! Even the BDC has one final Civil War related event coming up in October.
Saturday, October 12, 2013 - 2:00pm – 3:30pm
The Library system and our partners continue providing even more programs during October.October is South Carolina Archives Month. To celebrate, the Beaufort District Collection staff will show participants what goes on behind the locked door – and how we work every day to safeguard, preserve, and share our community’s history and culture. This year the tour will feature significant Civil War related materials in our holdings. Free for anyone over age 12 with an interest in documents of local history and what we do here. Limit of 30 participants. Sign up with: firstname.lastname@example.org; 255-6468
- For information about the other displays about Civil War history continuing through October (or later), click here.
- For other lectures and presentations, many sponsored by our sister cultural heritage agencies in the Beaufort County Historical Resources Consortium, click here.
- For participating tours, click here. (Discount vouchers on admission expire Oct. 31st so make your plans to use them before they run out).
- The major Library system initiative for October is the "Let's Talk about It": Making Sense of the American Civil War" series being held Oct. 3 - 24 at the Beaufort Branch Library. For details about this series and book and author discussions, click here.
- The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns series continues at Bluffton Branch Library. St. Helena Branch Library shows Death and the Civil War, Birth of a Nation, and Midnight Ramble in their own Civil War related film series. For the film series and discussion sessions, click here.
- There are still Youth and Children events, too. For details, click here.
6:00 PM – 7:00 PMBeaufort District Collection
2:00 PM – 3:30 PMBeaufort District Collection