31 May 2016

SC Humanities Festival, June 9 - 11

You know how often I remind everyone that Dr. Rowland says "All American history begins in Beaufort, SC?" Well, as the events and activities scheduled by the SC Humanities Council illuminate, it does! 

The South Carolina Humanities Festival, June 9 - June 11,  is a prime opportunity to engage in some local history stay-cation activities that bolster Dr. Rowland's oft quoted statement. During the Festival, arts, cultural and educational organizations from Beaufort to Bluffton and Hilton Head will participate, presenting a wide variety of special events including lectures, films, tours, art shows, exhibits, performances and much more, around the theme of community collaboration, to demonstrate a sense of place. Among the many co-sponsors are the Beaufort County Library and other organizations in the Beaufort County Historic Resources Consortium (BCHRC). In other words, now is your chance to explore the area's museums and historic sites and cultural events within the whirlwind of a statewide sponsored festival atmosphere. A Stay-cation well worth considering if you relish local history, historic site visits, Gullah culture, natural history, archaeology or family history!

Check out the conference schedule.
  •  Please note that some events require pre-registration.
  • Please note that a couple of events are ticketed and require payment of a fee. 
  • However, most of the events are free - if you register.  
You can register at the Beaufort Branch (311 Scott Street) or the St. Helena Branch (6355 Jonathan Francis Senior Road) libraries to pick up a button that allows free entrance at select  scheduled events. (I already did.)  

Maria Benac, Manager of the St. Helena Branch Library and I will be staffing the Beaufort County Library's table at the Opening Night Reception. Drop by to just say "Hello" or to ask us questions about how the Library supports local history and culture.

Heads up: An anticipated staff shortage on June 16th will affect our Research Room schedule a bit. The Research Room will be closed from Noon to 1 pm for hourly staff to get a lunch break. The Research Room will be open 9 am to 12:00 pm; closed Noon to 1 pm; and will re-open from 1 pm to 5 pm. 

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