A quick review of BDC produced or strongly supported local history programs shows that we did a lot of outreach and programs in 2016. In addition to hosting others, I researched and presented two new BDC productions, one on Hurricanes in Beaufort's Past and one about the history of Northern Beaufort County. Plus our little department of two was tasked with coordinating the pilot year of the Beaufort History Museum / Beaufort County Library local history series beginning in September. We did 6 programs with them in the space of 4 months. We created a small poster board display about the History of Hilton Head Island during the Civil War and hosted a small "Pollitzer Family" exhibit from the South Carolina Historical Society supplemented by materials of our own about the Beaufort Pollitzers in addition to swapping out the materials in our Research Room display case at least quarterly. In doing so, we covered a pretty broad swath of historical periods and local topics: hurricanes; genealogy; military history: colonial period; Revolutionary War; Civil War periods; Native Americans: Yamasee War and Myths & Legends; archaeology; Author book talks; European settlers - Spanish and French; hoodoo; and, the War on Drugs.
January - Hurricanes of Beaufort County's Past [NEW BDC production] - connected with the Library system's Big Read project
February - Stephen Binyard & his descendants - Black History Month
March - Battle of Purrysburg archaeology - BLU Revolutionary War
April - Brig. Gen. Stephen Elliott's military career BEA Civil War; Preservation Week Drop-In BEA
May - Battle of Sadkeche archaeology - Yamasee War BEA ; A Yankee Scholar Book Talk Civil War
June - "Into the Light: Life on Hilton Head Island during the Civil War" display HHI
July - A Yankee Scholar Book Talk at BLU Civil War & "Pollitzer Family" exhibit on loan from the SCHS BEA (Reconstruction - Present)
NOTHING IN AUGUST
Sept. - Jackpot Book Talk BEA ; Associated with "500 Years of Beaufort History" at the Arsenal (BHM/BCL); Ribaut's Road - French settlers (BHM/BCL)
Oct. - Spirit of Exploration - STH Spanish settlers ; "Music of the Civil War" (BHM/BCL); Lowcountry Voodoo
Nov. "History of Northern Beaufort County" LOB [New BDC production]; Battle of Port Royal Sound, 1861- Civil War (BHM/BCL); Native American Myths and Legends (BHM/BCL) "What the Heck is it? - artifact identification
Dec. I Walked in Santa's Boots - Book Talk ; "The Anchorage" (BHM/BCL)
What we've did in January 2017: 2 hurricane programs and 1 Civil War military history program
- “HURRICANES IN BEAUFORT DISTRICT’S PAST” BDC presented for (BHM/BCL); “THE BATTLE OF PORT ROYAL SOUND, 1861” (Reprise due to Popular Demand!) (BHM/BCL); and, “TIDE OF DEATH: THE HURRICANE OF 1893” BDC@ BLU
What's on the schedule - as of this writing - for February through May 2017:
“GRAVE-YARD TRADITIONS” EXHIBIT (BDC)
Wednesday, February 1 – Friday, March 31| 9 am – 5 pm, Mondays through Fridays |Beaufort District Collection, 311 Scott Street, 2nd floor lobby, Beaufort |Age 12 - Adult
A four panel exhibit on loan from Celebrate Bluffton, Inc. explores cultural expressions found within African-American cemeteries.
“CORRECT MISPRONUNCIATIONS OF SOME SOUTH CAROLINA NAMES” (Book Review) (BDC)
Wednesday, February 8 at Noon | BDC@ Hilton Head Branch, 11 Beach City Road | Age 12 - Adult
Grace Cordial shares one of her favorite reference books at the Friends of the Hilton Head Library Book Break series. Learn to say some local family and place names the way that native South Carolinians do while enjoying tidbits about local history.
“RESEARCHING AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN FAMILY”(BDC)
Saturday, February 18 at 1:00 PM | BDC@ St. Helena Branch, 6355 Jonathan Francis Sr. Rd. | Age 12 - Adult
Experienced researchers Kimberly Morgan and Akosua Moore update what they’ve discovered about a former slave and his many descendants through family lore, government records, and library materials. They offer tips to help you get started uncovering your own roots. Come be inspired! Co-sponsor: Beaufort History Museum. Register: http://www.beauforthistorymuseum.com“Events”
POSTPONED on 1/31/2017 at 4:00 pm to April 20th (See below) gmc
RECONSTRUCTION ERA LIVING HISTORY ENCAMPMENT
Saturday, March 4, 9 AM – 5 PM | The Arsenal, 713 Craven Street | All ages
Beaufort History Museum hosts its 2nd annual living history event. Co-sponsor: Beaufort County Library et al. Details: https://beauforthistorymuseum.wildapricot.org/event-2310298 (BHM/BCL)
BEAUFORT IN THE CIVIL WAR
Friday, March 3 at 2:00 PM |Beaufort Branch | Age 12- Adult
Historian Dr. Stephen Wise lectures on the unique and fascinating mid-19th century history of this area. Book sale and signing with Dr. Wise and Dr. Larry Rowland after program. Co-sponsor: Beaufort History Museum Register: www.beauforthistorymuseum.com (“Events”) (BHM/BCL)
CIVIL WAR MEDICINE: WHAT THEY NEVER TOLD YOU (BDC)
Saturday, March 4 at 9 AM – 4:30 PM |BDC@ Beaufort Branch | Age 12 - Adult
Re-enactor Dave Smoot shares the real story of Civil War medicine based on medical practices and manuals of the period throughout the day. Co-sponsor: Beaufort History Museum (BHM/BCL)
ABBIE HOLMES CHRISTENSEN
Tuesday, March 14 at 2:00 PM| Beaufort Branch, 311 Scott Street | Age 12 - Adult
Anne Christensen Pollitzer shares her great grandmother’s educational, business, and civic contributions and lasting impact from the Reconstruction era forward. Co-sponsor: Beaufort History Museum. Register: www.beauforthistorymuseum.com (“Events”) (BHM/BCL)
SEND IN THE MARINES (BDC)
Saturday, March 18 at 1:00 PM | BDC@ Beaufort Branch | Age 12 - Adult
Dave Smoot explains the role Parris Island played in preparing to go “Hang the Kaiser” as the US enters World War I.
Tuesday, April 4 at 2:00 PM| Beaufort Branch, 311 Scott Street | Age 12 - Adult
Andrea Allen explains how Harriet Tubman influenced the history of Beaufort during the Civil War period. Co-sponsor: Beaufort History Museum. Register: www.beauforthistorymuseum.com (“Events”) (BHM/BCL)
“THE HISTORY AND CULTURE OF THE GULLAH ON ST. HELENA ISLAND”
Thursday, April 20 at 2:00 PM | Beaufort Branch, 311 Scott Street | Age 12 – Adult
Mary Rivers Legree, a descendant of St. Helena Island freedmen, shares the history and culture of her island home and its people. Co-sponsor: Beaufort History Museum. Register: http://www.beauforthistorymuseum.com“Events” (BHM/BCL)
FAMILY TREASURES ADVICE: A PRESERVATION WEEK DROP-IN (BDC)
Wednesday, April 26 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM| BDC@ Hilton Head Branch, 11 Beach City Road| Age 12 - Adult
BDC staff offer practical tips and advice on how best to preserve your family treasures for the next generation.
TIDE OF DEATH: THE HURRICANE OF 1893 (BDC)
Wednesday, May 3 at 2:00 PM| Beaufort Branch, 311 Scott Street | Age 12 - Adult
BDC Manager Grace Cordial shares first person accounts and rare materials of the night that death came to call. Co-sponsor: Beaufort History Museum. Register: www.beauforthistorymuseum.com (“Events”) (BHM/BCL)
Breaking it down into topical segments, the Beaufort District Collection is integrally involved in bringing programs on Natural disasters; Preservation of materials; Women's History; Civil War; Reconstruction era; Military History; World War I; Gullah Cultural Traditions; Black History; Linguistics and Genealogy to this community over the next 4 months.
Please join us. All of our programs are free. Many have limited space. Some require pre-registration.