After a hiatus in July, the Beaufort District Collection returns with two programs during the dog days of August, one on a Saturday and the other during the evening to encourage attendance of families and working folks.
Saturday, August 9th: You may have heard the news about recent discovery of a shipwreck that might be - or might not be - the remains of "Robert Smalls's the Planter." (We share pride in the character and achievements of our native son Robert Smalls with Charleston.) Dr. Nicholas Butler, Public Historian, Charleston County Public Library shares contemporary evidence about the ultimate fate of the steamship Planter. Free. Open to anyone over age 12 interested in attending. This BDC@ St. Helena Branch local history program begins at 1 pm.
Thursday, August 28th: In commemoration of the 121st anniversary of the storm that almost destroyed Beaufort and killed thousands, I'm doing a revised version of the talk I did last year at St. Helena Branch, "'Tide of Death:' The Sea Island Hurricane of 1893." (We take the comments on the evaluation sheets seriously.) I will share first person accounts and rare materials from our holdings about the night that death came to call. This free BDC@ Beaufort Branch Local History Program is open to anyone over age 12 interested in attending. Program starts at 6 pm.