Archive for May, 2010

Reminders about Disaster Recovery

May 20, 2010

JR Bingham attended the SC SHRAB disaster recovery workshop at Clemson University recently and posted his notes on the PALMCOP blog.  I particularly like his headings: “In the ‘I Know Better But Sometimes Need a Reminder’ category and ‘In the “Good to Know if I’m Ever in Charge” category (most of this requires some advance planning).’ ”

We can all use a refresher course now and again.  There is probably still time for you to get a slot in what is likely to be THE final SC SHRAB disaster recovery workshop on May 26th.  Contact Heather South to register. 

About the Impact of the State’s Financial Crisis and How It may Impact the Cultural Heritage Community: During the SCAA meeting on Tuesday, Ms. South announced that it is highly unlikely that additional SC SHRAB workshops will be held after May 26th.  There is no money.  The SCDAH is on the ropes.  Further furloughs and lay-offs are imminent.  Given the strong support of the State Archives for all things SC SHRAB, records management, and archives related, the financial crunch will affect all areas not mission critical to the SCDAH.  This may well be your last chance to get some inexpensive basic training in disaster preparedness and recovery techniques.  Please go if you can. 


Register Today — Oral History Workshop, May 22nd

May 11, 2010


 Interested in documenting your family, church, club, or neighborhood history? Know someone else who is interested in documenting his/her family, church, club, or neighborhood history?  Penn Center, Beaufort County Library, The Citadel Oral History Program and Avery Research Center are co-sponsoring an  Oral History Workshop at Beaufort County Library on 22 May 2010!

This interactive workshop will cover each aspect of the oral history process, including project planning, interview strategies, recording technology, and archiving. The workshop is open to the public and designed to address the needs of beginners as well as those with oral history experience.

Call us at 255-6448, e-mail us at or visit us on the web to learn more and/or to register!

Mack to Speak at BCHS Annual Meeting May 13th

May 3, 2010
The Beaufort County Historical Society will host Angela Mack Executive Director and Chief Curator at the Gibbes Museum of Art at their 71st Annual Meeting. She will discuss Portraiture in the Lowcountry.
The meeting will be held at noon at the Beaufort Yacht & Sailing Club 30 Yacht Club Drive. (Cross the Swing Bridge from Carteret onto Lady’s Island, turn right on Meridian Road ,second right after the bridge. In less than 2 miles, turn right onto Yacht Club Drive.)
Angela Mack is Executive Director and Chief Curator at the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston.  She holds a BA degree in art history from Vanderbilt University and has completed post-graduate work at the University of Virginia, Tulane University and New York University.  Prior to her promotion in May 2008, she served as Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs.  During her  tenure as curator for the Gibbes, Angela has installed approximately 350 exhibitions, 34 of which she organized showcasing original scholarship. 
Some of her most noted exhibitions and publications include Landscape of Slavery:  The Plantation in American Art, Edward Hopper in Charleston, Henry Benbridge (1743-1812): Charleston Portrait Painter, In Pursuit of Refinement: Charlestonians Abroad, 1740-1860, Corrie McCallum: A Life in Art, Merton Simpson: The Journey of an Artist.  Other important exhibitions include Face Lift:  Fresh Encounters with Portraiture, and John James Audubon in Charleston:  The Watercolors for the Birds of America from the Collection of the New-York Historical Society.
An optional light lunch will be served at 11:30 for $10. RSVP, please Nancy Gilley, Secretary 843-524-7969.  
For further information contact: Pamela Ovens-President or call 843-785-2767

“Rural South Carolina” Photography Exhibit May 15 – August 15

May 3, 2010

Received from Robin Swift on behalf of Coastal Discovery Museum:

May 15th — August 15th :  The Hilton Head Regional Healthcare Temporary Exhibit Gallery at the Coastal Discovery Museum at Honey Horn is mounting an exhibit by local photographer Robert Weissman.  The exhibit will feature fifty images of rural South Carolina’s rolling countryside resplendent in natural beauty – predominately agricultural land.  Weissman spent parts of 2003 through 2005 documenting these landscapes.  He found cotton fields, weathered barns, sharecroppers’ cabins, General stores, and historic mansions. 

 A walk and talk will be led by Weissman on May 16th from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Opening reception for the exhibit is May 21st from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Gallery is open Monday through Saturday 9 to 4:30 and on Sunday from 11:00 am – 3:00pm.

For more information please contact Robin Swift at 843-689-3033 ext 224.

MayDay! 2010

May 1, 2010

Here’s one thing that you can do to honor the spirit of MayDay! 2010:   Read this online pamphlet “Working with Emergency Responders:  Tips for Cultural Institutions” to help you interact with civil authorities in the wake of a disaster.  Here are a few talking points from that pamphlet:

  1. Local museums, libraries, historic sites, and archives hold the collective history of the community.
  2. Many artifacts, documents, and structures are irreplaceable.
  3. Collections often have a high monetary value, in both the objects and the tourism they attract.
  4. Visitors to cultural institutions, including school groups, can be at risk during emergencies.
  5. Cultural institutions can be critical to recovery — as gathering places, information centers, educational resources, and icons of community identity.

Disaster Preparedness:  It’s something to think about — not just today, but every day.