11 January 2016

"Hurricanes in Beaufort's Past": The Big Read

The Big Read project is underway featuring Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God originally published in 1937. If you've read Hurston's novel, you'll know that the hurricane out on the Muck set in motion a series of events that changed Janie Crawford's life forever.

The BDC’s contribution to the Big Read project is an introduction to the many “Hurricanes of Beaufort’s Past.” The Historical Hurricane Tracks website indicates that almost 100 hurricanes and tropical storms have struck within 65 nautical miles of Beaufort SC since 1852, some causing great   impacted on the subsequent course of Beaufort District's history from colonial times to the present. Even if you've attended one of my presentations about the Great Sea Island Hurricane of 1893, there'll be plenty of new information to share and some truly nifty BDC materials to see. Attendees will get to see some photographs, scrapbooks, and pamphlets from our storage area that seldom are put on display, covering  the Great Sea Island Hurricane of 1893, the unnamed 1940  hurricane and Hurricane Gracie (1959).

Please join us for: 
Hurricanes of Beaufort's Past | Sat., Jan. 23, 2016 at 1 pm | Beaufort District Collection (2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort SC 29902)

The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and to encourage citizens to read for pleasure and enlightenment. The Beaufort County Library system is one of 75 not-for-profit organizations to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2015 and June 2016. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Schedule Adjustment: We regret that the Research Room will be closed Thursday, Jan. 14th due to lack of staff.  

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