01 October 2015

October is Archaeology Month

During October each year we observe Archaeology Month, Archives Month, and Family History Month: three themes that the BDC has traditionally commemorated. Over the course of October, Connections will touch on each of these themes. Today's theme is Archaeology Month.

To be frank, Archaeology Month 2015 is different than all the previous Archaeology Months we've celebrated here at Beaufort County Library. For more than a decade, Ian Hill, Historic Preservationist in the Beaufort County Planning Department, and I coordinated Archaeology Month programs but he retired in June. His retirement along with a jam-packed October schedule of events, including the Centennial Celebration at Parris Island, the Arkhaois Film Festival, “Pat Conroy at 70” and a significant family event, took up most of the potential programming dates in October. 

Alas not all is lost. The Beaufort Chapter, Archaeology Society of South Carolina is still partnering with the BDC. Join us on Saturday, October 3rd for the Third Annual “What the Heck Is It?” session. Bring your artifacts for identification by renowned South Carolina archaeologists, Dr. Jon Leader and Dr. Eric Poplin. The program begins at 10 am and ends at 1 pm. 

Our South of the Broad River colleagues in the Hilton Head Chapter, ASSC is holding their "What the Heck Is It?" session on Saturday, October 17th from 1 pm to 4 pm at Coastal Discovery Museum.

As mentioned above, the annual Arkhaois Cultural and Archaeology Film Festival gets underway at the Coligny Theatre on Hilton Head Island, Oct. 22 – Oct. 24. Among the films set for screening are ones about Beaufort County archaeology, Fort Frederick and Sea Island Secrets.    

All of these Archaeology Month events are free and open to the general public.

Drop by the BDC Research Room or one of our branch libraries to pick up a copy of the 2015 Archaeology Month poster, “Yemasee War: 1715-1717” while supplies last.  

Heads up: We have some adjustments to our customary public service schedule during October. The Research Room will be closed Noon to 1 pm Monday, Oct. 5; Friday, Oct. 9; and Monday, Oct. 12 for hourly staff to get lunch.  The Library system is closed all day Wed., Oct. 7th for Staff Development.  (10/01/2015 4:00pm - The SCAA Un-Conference originally scheduled for October 2nd has been postponed due to inclement weather. The Research Room will be open 10 am - 5 pm on Friday, Oct. 2nd after all). 

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