15 March 2015

New Exhibit Opens March 16th

We highlight Women's History this month through a new exhibit, "Heart of the Home: Kitchen Archaeology at Mont Repose" and a free lecture.

Because a kitchen collapsed leaving artifacts in situ, archaeologists got an unique opportunity to explore the domestic duties and lifeways of women and girls on an 18th and 19th century Beaufort District rice plantation near Coosawhatchie. The artifacts recovered during the dig explain some of those female responsibilities. The research process undertaken to document the site and former uses of the property adds considerable knowledge about what life was like in Beaufort District's county seat. The exhibit is curated by Georgia Southern University Public History Graduate Student, Lilith Logan and her advisor, Dr. Sue Moore.

The exhibit will be on display Monday, March 16 – Friday, June 12 10 am – 5 pm weekdays, except April 22 and May 25. (The Library is closed Wed., Apr. 22 and Mon., May 25).

We offer special viewing hours on those dates when we have a BDC Saturday or evening program. On these dates, you can see the exhibit and attend a BDC local history program:

Saturday, March 21: Dr. Sue Moore and Lilith Logan of Georgia Southern University explain the artifacts relating to the “Heart of the Home” exhibit. You can view the exhibit that Saturday beginning at 11 am until the lecture starts at 1 pm.

Saturday, April 18: Local author, Charles Wersler is having an author book talk and sale about Last Ferry to Beaufort: The Life and Times of Capt. Willie Roberts, 1865 - 1952.  You can view the "Heart of the Home" exhibit from 11 am until the lecture starts at 1 pm.

Thursday, April 23: The "Heart of the Home" exhibit can be viewed from 10 am to 6 pm. Normally the area would be closed at 5 pm but because Dr. Chester dePratter will be in the BDC to share his deep knowledge of the Santa Elena site at 6 pm, we can add an extra hour of access to the exhibit.  

We thank the Beaufort Chapter, Archaeological Society of South Carolina for its co-sponsorship of the "Heart of the Home" exhibit and supplemental lecture.  The Chapter is also co-sponsoring the Santa Elena talk in April.

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