24 July 2016

SCHS Pollitzer Family Exhibit on Display Now

Even though the Research Room had some schedule adjustments earlier in July and plenty of schedule adjustments coming up in August, access to "The Pollitzer Family" exhibit is unaffected. Visit the 2nd floor Gallery in the Library building at 311 Scott Street weekdays, Mondays - Fridays, 9 am to 5 pm to learn about the history and effect this influential Lowcountry family had on local, state, and national political, educational, philanthropic, and business affairs. (The Research Room doesn't have to be open for you to enjoy the exhibit). The exhibit ends August 31, 2016.

The South Carolina Historical Society created the panels to highlight their Anita Pollitzer Papers. We added surrogates of some of our materials about the Beaufort Branch of the Pollitzer Family onto the black display board to flesh out the Beaufort branch of the family.

Fleeing the political uncertainty in Austria in 1845, Jewish immigrant Moritz Pollitzer settled for a few years in New York. When the Civil War broke out, he saw an opportunity to better his young family's circumstances and headed to Port Royal, South Carolina. 
Courtesy of South Carolina Historical Society
His wife, Anna Kuh Pollitzer, and children Gustavus, Henry Charles, Richard Moritz, Sigusmund, and Julia arrived in Beaufort in 1864. Henry Charles (called "Hal") is the sire of the Beaufort Branch; Gustave, the Charleston Branch; and Sigismund, the New York Branch of Moritz's descendants. Richard and Julia did not marry. 

Moritz was a successful businessman in Beaufort, owning much land and commercial property. 
Beaufort District Collection Obituary Card Files


In June 2016, descendant Richard Pollitzer of Beaufort donated a copy of his family history to the BDC. Drop by our Research Room to learn even more about the accomplishments and disappointments of the Pollitzer family. 

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