Archive for February, 2011

Schedule Adjustment: March Blog postings

February 25, 2011

Dear Colleagues,

My eldest son is getting married in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, University of Notre Dame, on Saturday, March 12th.    I will be out on vacation, March 8 – 20th.  I’m to the “use it or lose it” stage with my PLD hours.  Therefore, I’m skirting for 9 days ….

My assistant, Charmaine, will be in the office most of that time.   (Dennis Adams will actually be subbing for both of us on Friday, March 11th.  Drop by to see him if you get the chance.)  Charmaine is going on vacation, March 21 – 25th.  The Research Room will be closed for lunch, noon to 1 pm each workday, March 8 – 20th so that the BDC Keeper has the opportunity to get lunch as mandated.  We’ll get back to full staff on March 28th. 

IF you want to go ahead and send me something for posting into this blog for the March 8 – 25th period, please do so before March 2nd.  

— Grace


Busy Week for History Programs

February 21, 2011

It’s a busy week for history-related programs. 

From administered by the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition:

Monday, Feb. 21st – Queen Quet comes back on the air in the continuation of our “Black History/African Heritage Month” celebration on “Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio.” At 7 pm EST this evening, tune in to “Gullah/Geechee Pun de Land an de Sea.”  In this segment in celebration of “Black History/ African Heritage Month” during this “International Year of People of African Descent,” Queen Quet will discuss Gullah/Geechee waterways traditions from the past and current efforts to keep these traditions underway. Included in this piece will be the stories of “Black resort towns” in the Gullah/Geechee Nation, the Gullah/Geechee Fishing Association, and the connections to other transAtlantic communities that came about through the navigation of waterways by African boatmen.  Disya da wi show!  Gullah/Geechee Riddim Radio! 

Go to to find out how to set up your Ipod, computer or MP3 player to listen.

From HBF:

Wednesday, Feb 23 : Members of the community can bring up to three items to be appraised by Amanda Everard.  Ms. Everard is President of Everard & Company, an auction and appraisal company located in Savannah, Georgia that was established in 2003. She graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut where she received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Art History and Studio Art. She worked at Sotheby’s for 11 years as a coordinator in the Trust and Estate Department, Head of the Arcade Furniture Department and most recently as Vice President in the English Furniture Department.   The cost is $35 for HBF members and $50 for non-HBF members.  Fifteen minute appointments are available between 10:00 and 4:00 and must be made in advance, so please call 379-3331 to reserve your time slot.

 A reminder from Mary Lou Brewton, BCHS:

Thursday, Feb. 24th – John Busch will be speaking about “Steam Coffin” at the Beaufort County Historical Society, Thursday, Feb. 24th at noon at the First Presbyterian Fellowship Hall at the corner or North and Church St. in Beaufort, SC.  Optional Lunch at 11:30 $10, please RSVP to Nancy Gilley, 843-524-7969.  Talk is free and open to the public.

Federal Funding at Risk; Political Action an option

February 17, 2011

 Courtesy of an AASLH e-mail:

There are several agencies and programs at risk. AASLH has made it as easy for you as possible, but we need you to follow the steps below and let your Members of Congress know that you think history is essential to an educated and democratic society…. Click to review suggested political action.

Museums Advocacy Day, Feb. 28 – Mar. 1

February 17, 2011

 AASLH sent a press release about Museums Advocacy Day, Feb. 28–March 1 in Washington, DC. Even if you can not join  AASLH, AAM, and hundreds more of your colleagues, you can still advocate for your museum in your local press!  And they show you how! 

Click to see what they suggest for you to do to increase the visibility of your institution.

“Remnants of Rice Fields” Photography Exhibit at Penn Center

February 14, 2011

The York W. Bailey Museum on Penn Center opens a photography exhibit of former rice fields on Feb. 19th.  Photographer David Soliday’s landscapes will be on display for the very first time.  It’s your chance to see landscape photograpy never seen by the public before — and prints will be available for purchase.  The party, author talk, and food sampling begins at 5:00 that evening.  Fee is $6.00.  Click Press Release for Rice Fields Photography Exhibition for all details and contact information.