Minutes of Nov. 15, 2011 Meeting

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Pamela sent these minutes earlier today:

The meeting of the Beaufort County Historical Resources Consortium was called to order on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at 9:06 a.m. by the meeting’s chairperson, Queen Quet.  In attendance were host, Grace Cordial, Historical Resources Coordinator of the Beaufort County Library, Natalie Hefter from the Coastal Discovery Museum, Katherine Lang from the Beaufort History Museum, Donna Alley from the City of Beaufort,Mary Lou Brewton from the Beaufort History Museum, the Beaufort County Historical Society, and the Archeological Society, Pamela Ovens from the Beaufort County Historical Society, Iva Welton from the Heritage Library, Betsy Kinghorn from the Historic Beaufort Foundation, Maureen Richards from the Bluffton Historical Society and the Heyward House, County Historian, Ian Hill, Dennis Adams from Beaufort County, Colin Brooker, author and Chief O’Laitan from the from the Gullah Nation. 

Ian Hill reported about an idea from County Administrator, Gary Kubic.  The idea was to have “Beaufort County Moments” that would be approximately one minute long devoted to historical information about Beaufort County with a concentration on tourism.  Grace Cordial helped with the idea and reported back to Gary Kubic.  Dennis Adams and Ian Hill researched and worked with the ‘trust’ person and will commit some money to tourism regarding history.  The Beaufort County Channel will air the one minute moments.  Scott Grooms and Suzanne Larson will begin taping in January.  Ian Hill mentioned historical moments for St. Lukes Church, Old Sheldon Church, Penn Center and Fort Fremont. 

Queen Quet asked Ian how the county did outreach and Ian replied they did not do outreach;  that they did the work in house.  Grace Cordial said that if money is held in trust they could be included.  Colin Brooker said the United Nations should be contacted and Queen Quet said that she is a permanent representative at the United Nations in New York City.  She said that heritage tourism helps get repeat tourists.  Ian Hill was on the U.N. advisory committee.

Mary Lou Brewton from the Beaufort History Museum, reported that archeologists appraisals are taking place at the museum now and that the museum is set to open in the spring of 2012.  It will be located in the Loft at City Hall.  Katherine Lang said she wanted to help tourism the museum promote tourism.  She said it was important to children.  Mary Lou talked about History Week and the amazing work the county did.  Mary Lou suggested a tour of all the historic markers.

Queen Quet asked about the parade and history day.  Queen Quet said she had played Harriet Tubman and Katherine Lang suggested Natalie Daise perform as Tubman.  MaryLou suggested that we give a marker at Cumbee bridge to Harriet Tubman in 2013.

Maureen Richards reminded everyone about Bluffon and said that she wanted to be part of the loop. 

Queen Quet said that they are at the end of the Gullah Geechee Corridor Committee work and the she is a computer scientist working on the project.

Grace Cordial reminded everyone that the library is open 24/7 through the virtual library on the web.  Grace said the homepage has an obit index from 1882 and she writes a blog that receives 750 hits a month.  The local history and nature pages, recommended reading and the Beaufort District Collection receive 100,000 hits a year.  On the Famous people of Beaufort County page Dr. Buzzard, Sheriff McTeer and the U.S. Colored Troops are popular.  Grace said that 96% is funded by the county.  In the Library itself that is open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday 1,500 visitors come annually.  Grace suggested sending jpg format and not pdfs to this communication site.

Betsy Kinghorn said that the Historic Beaufort Foundation offices are now at 208 Scott Street and invited everyone to take a look.  She reported that HBF is still offering their lecture and dinner series.  The latest author is Dennis Kennedy who wrote about The Saga of “The Planter”.  She said the Verdier House is still presenting the history of Beaufort during the Civil War on the first floor.  The second floor has the Beaufort Volunteer Artillery and the third has the Flag from the Beaufort Artillery in the Civil War.  The flag was completely restored.  They are also showing the state of South Carolina’s Collection on Robert Smalls put together by Robert Smalls family.  They added his desk owned by the Historic Beaufort Foundation to the presentation.  The Smalls program will run through December 20, 2011. 

Queen Quet spoke about the Gullah Geechee international television show that she produced.  She also has a radio show.  

Chief Olaitan from Sheldon and the African Village, Oyotunji showed a brief video about the village.  The first African born in America in 1970 founded Oyotunji.  He reminded everyone that the people were never “slaves” but that they were “enslaved.” 

He spoke about finishing a grant and that they needed to outreach more to get more money for their projects.

Grace Cordial asked when we should meet, again, and Mary Lou Brewton moved that we meet every six months.  Katherine Lang seconded the motion.  Discussion took place with Iva Welton suggesting that the group should meet every four months.  Ms. Welton thought that the purpose of the group was to keep cultural heritage groups together to share common ground with “connections to collections”.  She suggested that we share an archivist.  It was agreed that the next meeting would be on May 15, 2012 at the Heritage Library on Hilton Head Island.  It was agreed that it would be a bag lunch meeting.  Pamela Ovens suggested asking the Mitchelville Project to come to the next meeting.  Iva Welton will chair the meeting on May 15.  Grace Cordial volunteered to take minutes for that meeting.

Queet Quet thanked everyone for coming and for their participation, then turned it over to Iva Welton.  The meeting was adjourned at 10:30 a.m.

Respectfully Submitted by Pamela Martin Ovens.

Thank you, Pamela.  If there are any corrections, additions, etc., we can handle those at our meeting in May. — Grace

PS: This is the 300th entry to this blog – which is a milestone of sorts – and a cause for me to remind each of you to accept the “AUTHOR” invitation to log your own news, updates, and items to share.

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