Archive for September, 2009

BDC Staffer Wins Scholarship

September 29, 2009
Charmaine Seabrook Concepcion is going to an archives boot camp — on SC SHRAB’s dime! 
She was awarded a full SHRAB scholarship to attend the “Archives Institute” being held in Columbia Oct. 7th – 9th.  Using lecture and hands-on activities, she will learn why and how archives are different from libraries and museums and how these differences must be taken into account when establishing policies and procedures,  and determining the best way to preserve and protect valuable historical documents, artifacts, and collections. 
I am so proud that she has this opportunity to upgrade her stewardship skills at no cost to the library system — other than her time spent helping me in the BDC!  — grace

Compact Shelving Fund-raiser

September 28, 2009

Please forgive the late notice.  It’s been kind of a quiet campaign until today. 

The Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County, Historic Beaufort Foundation, and the Friends of the Beaufort County Library are throwing the BDC a party to start the fund-raising at the Performing Arts Center, USCB, 801 Carteret Street in uptown Beaufort on Wednesday night, Sept. 30th, 6 pm until 8 pm

Our HBF colleague, Evan Thompson, and the beloved Dr. Larry Rowland will be headlining the program. 

Admission is free.  Donations will be applied towards the $85,000 needed to purchase and install movable shelving able to store ~ 2000 archival boxes. 

The Public Library Foundation is the fiscal agent for this fund-raiser.  If you believe that a local  research collection concentrating on the history, culture, and environment for North of Broad, South of Broad, pre-history to 1959, white and black, native born and foreign born, our noblest ideas and our darkest secrets, is a good idea, please donate to this campaign.  

Donations can be made through: 

 Public Library Foundation of Beaufort County                                     311 Scott Street, Suite 201                                                                                  Beaufort, SC  29902

Please help us be good stewards of irreplaceable historical materials by donating whatever you can afford to give towards providing archivally safe and appropriate shelving for the treasures housed in the Beaufort District Collection.  

Indicate that your contribution is for the •“Beaufort District Collection” shelving fund-raiser project. 

If you can’t afford to give us any money, please give us your moral support and tell others about why this campaign is important for the community.

IMLS Grant Opportunity: Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections

September 25, 2009

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting preventive conservation measures that mitigate deterioration and prolong the useful life of collections.

Deadline for applications:  December 8, 2009

For details, go to

October Events that I Know About

September 14, 2009

Our consortium is quite a set of busy beavers for history and culture during the month of October.  Here’s just what I received notice about or am personally involved in with regard to special programming or events. 

Beaufort County Historical Society: Oct. 8

Emory Campbell will speak at noon on Oct. 8th at the Fellowship Hall in the First Presbyterian Church on the corner of Church and North Streets.

Beaufort County Library’s Beaufort District Collection, Beaufort County Planning Department, Historic Beaufort Foundation, and USC-B Library in collaboration to celebrate “Archaeology Month” series:

“Trying to Capture a Culture,” Discussion with filmmaker, Teresa Bruce Tues., Oct. 6, 6 – 7:30pm                                                                                          Beaufort District Collection, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 2nd floor

 “Slave Architecture in Beaufort,” Evan Thompson                                         Thurs., Oct. 8, 6:00- 7:30pm                                                                                   County Council Chambers, 1000 Ribaut Road, Beaufort

 “Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Heritage Corridor,” Emory Campbell                Tues., Oct. 13, 1:00 2:00pm                                                                                    Hilton Head Branch Library, 11 Beach City Road

“My Family History Research in Black and White,” Barbara Carter           Sat., Oct. 17, 1:00-2:00pm                                                                                  Beaufort District Collection, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, 2nd floor

 “African-American Genealogy Workshop,” Grace Cordial                           Sun., Oct. 25, 2:00-4:00pm (RESERVATIONS REQUIRED: 757-1537)Bluffton Branch Library, 120 Palmetto Way

“Maroon Communities,” Dr. Timothy Lockley, Univ. of Warwick             Tues., Oct. 27, 1:00 – 2:30 pm                                                                       Performing Arts Center, 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort 

Beaufort District Collection: Oct. 7th

“Image Archivist at Work Day” (the sequel), Wed., Oct. 7th, 10 am – Noon and again in the afternoon from 2 pm – 4 pm, Beaufort District Collection, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort.  Celeste Wiley, Project Archivist for the Lucille Hasell Culp Collection, will be in the Beaufort District Collection to demonstrate proper photographs preservation techniques and to answer your questions about how to best preserve your family photographs.  Attendees are welcomed to bring a photograph or two from home to show her.  This demonstration is on a first come, first served, space available basis.  The program is free and open to anyone over age 12 with an interest in photography or photographs preservation. The demonstration is part of the third annual South Carolina Archives Month Celebration.  Contact: Grace Cordial, 470-6525 or

If you have some to share with the group, please just let me know.

Grant Opportunity for Museums

September 1, 2009

The Conservation Assessment Program CAP 20th Anniversary logo

2010 Conservation Assessment Program Applications Available September 4
CAP funds a professional collections assessment for small to mid-sized museums of all types, at a minimal cost. In addition, CAP funds historic buildings assessments for museums with buildings that are 50 years or older. The assessment process helps museum professionals better understand and improve their institutions policies and procedures, learn conservation and historic preservation best practices, and forge relationships with conservators and preservation architects. The resulting CAP report can help develop strategies for improved collections care, long-range planning, staff and board education, and fund-raising. To read more, click here.  — grace