Archive for September, 2010

Beaufort District Collection Re-opens on Thursday

September 27, 2010

We’ll be open for business at 10 am on Thursday, Sept. 30th. 

I hope that the community has felt a loss during the shutdown — because that means we are performing a welcomed and wanted service. 

Q: Did anyone miss having the resources of the BDC available from July 19th  – September 29th? 

If so, please let your representative on Beaufort County Council know that you feel that the BDC performs a valuable service for our community.  You see, the Beaufort County Council controls our money.  We get almost 90% of our funding directly from them — and we all know that the cultural, arts, and recreational organizations are always the first agencies to get the budget axes.    (And, please use our name since 2001 — “The Beaufort District Collection” when you contact the Beaufort County Council.  Too many folks still call us “the South Carolina Room.”)

If you didn’t miss having the resources of the BDC available, Monday through Fridays, 10 am – 5 pm, and talking with our staff of two — then ignore this message.  


‘Tis the Season for Tours and Fund-raisers

September 26, 2010

T’is the season for tours of historic structures and sites — and fund-raising! Sister cultural heritage organizations in Beaufort County are busy during the Autumnal months.

Historic Beaufort Foundation Fall Festival of Houses and Gardens is being held October 22, 23, and 24th. The online brochure gives you additional information about the sites and how to purchase your ticket.

Penn Center is hosting its 28th Annual Heritage Days Festival (HERITAGE BROCHURE 2010) , Nov. 11 – 14th. 

Beaufort County Historical Society 2nd Annual Tour of Historic Churches will occur on Sat., Dec. 4th. Contact the Beaufort County Historical Society for additional information.

The following Saturday, Dec. 11th, head South of Broad for the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society Christmas Tour of Homes in Old Town Bluffton. The tour hours are from Noon until 5 pm. Contact the BHPS for more information and tickets.

Coastal Discovery Museum has started its weekly “Patriots and Planters Tour” which includes a guided tour of the Zion Chapel of Ease cemetery. Learn about the role of Hilton Head Island residents during the American Revolution. Contact Coastal Discovery Museum to register.

Highlighting Gullah Culture

September 21, 2010

Queen Quet’s recent presentation on “the living heritage of the citizens of the Gullah/Geechee Nation and their linguistic traditions” in the National Press Club is announced through the Gullah/Geechee Google groups page:

The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum flyer for the upcoming Lorenzo Dow Turner symposium to supplement the “Word, Shout, Song” exhibit can be found here.  Beaufort’s own Emory Campbell, Chairman of the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission (NPS) is keynote speaker of the symposium in November. 

The Library shares information about Gullah culture through our collections.  You can check out copies of Turner’s pivotal book from any of  BCL’s 5 Branch libraries.  When the BDC re-opens Sept. 30th, you can come see our vertical files on Turner and the Gullah language, if you are so inclined.

And don’t forget:  Our sister organization, Coastal Discovery Museum, has “Grass Roots: The African Origins of an American Art” about sweetgrass basketry on exhibit until January 7, 2011.

Deadline Changed for Grant

September 16, 2010

Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections Deadline is now December 1, 2010 (The government is giving everyone 2 extra weeks to apply).

Guidelines are available at

Call to Order! HRC Meeting Oct. 13th

September 15, 2010

After almost 9 years of waiting, I can finally show off the new digs of the BDC. Hurray!  Hip! Hip! Hooray!

You are invited to an extra special behind-the-scenes tour of the new Beaufort District Collection Research Room on Wed., Oct. 13th.  Come to the 2nd floor of the Library building at 311 Scott Street at 9 am for an insider’s view of the relocation and new way of doing historical special collection business. 

Parking in downtown Beaufort is always a pill.  Parking is at your own risk — and on your own dollar.

  • The parking areas and slots immediately adjacent to the Library building are owned by the City of Beaufort which requires payment at the kiosks Mondays through Saturdays 10 am until 6 pm.  The kiosk is located in the midst of the parking lot surrounding 2/3 of the library building.
  • There are a few unpaid parking slots along Scott Street between Craven and North Streets.
  • Sometimes, there is space in the grassy lot across from the paved Carteret Street Methodist Church along Scott Street.
  • Sometimes, there is space in the Baptist Church of Beaufort grassy lot between King and Prince Streets.

Please RSVP to me via e-mail at or call me at 255-6446 to confirm your attendance at this meeting and tour of the archives.

I look forward to seeing you Wed. morning Oct. 13th at 9 am.  — Grace

 at 9 am since I want to show off the much better set-up we have upstairs and it’s been quite awhile between meetings.