Archive for May, 2013

Heritage Library Agreement with SCAD

May 30, 2013

From the Heritage Library:
The Heritage Library History & Genealogy Center signed a collaborative with the Savannah College of Art and Design for a structural study of the Baynard Mausoleum in the Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery. The SCAD historic preservation program emphasizes applied learning and research with preservation partners and hands-on revitalization initiatives. Dr. Thomas Taylor, Professor of Historic Preservation is leading the classes, HIPR 446 Cemetery Preservation and HIPR 747 Conservation in Cemeteries in the spring term that began in March. The students were on-site at the mausoleum May 17 and 18 performing their hands-on analysis of the structure.
The Baynard Mausoleum was built in 1846 for William Edings Baynard who died at age 49. Shortly after, in 1854, William’s wife Catherine Adelaide was laid to rest in the mausoleum. Baynard owned the Braddock’s Point Plantation that is now located in Sea Pines Resort. The mausoleum is the oldest extant structure on the island.
The Heritage Library is seeking funds to help restore the mausoleum and cemetery. Please call 686-6560 for more information.

Linda Piekut
Executive Director
Heritage Library Foundation


Hunting Island Exhibit Opens at Beaufort History Museum

May 29, 2013

From Katherine at Beaufort History Museum:

Our party to celebrate the 20th birthday of the Friends of Hunting Island is 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Thursday, May 30th.

The party, which will be held at the Beaufort History Museum @ City Hall, 1911 Boundary Street, will also kick off the opening of an exhibit on the history of Hunting Island since its development by the Civilian Conservation Corps.

Free parking behind and on the side of the building can be accessed from either of the two side streets that run along both sides of the City Hall & Municipal Court Buildings. Admission is $10.00 for members of either the HI Friends or the BHM, and $15.00 for non-members. Join either organization and get the discount on the spot.

For more information, visit

Heritage Library History and Genealogy Research Center Summer Programs and Tours

May 28, 2013

From Linda Piekut, Heritage Library 843.686.6560 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ongoing Summer Programs at the Heritage Library

One Free Hour of Research Assistance:
The Heritage Library History and Genealogy Research Center is offering the One Free Hour of Research Assistance for non-members. Let a library volunteer jump-start your family research or help you leap your brick wall using all of the library resources. By appointment only. Call 843-686-6560 to schedule.

Historic Sites of Hilton Head Island:

The Heritage Library History & Genealogy Center is offering a presentation on Hilton Head Island’s historic sites to acquaint visitors with our rich history and encourage them to explore on their own – on foot, by bicycle or by car. The talk is one-hour from 10:30am – 11:30am and will be repeated every Tuesday. Highlights include pre-historic Hilton Head, discovery and settlement by the Europeans, the island’s involvement in the Revolutionary War, Union occupation during the Civil War as well as the development of Hilton Head as a resort destination in the twentieth century. A $5 donation is requested. Call the library at 843-686-6560 to reserve your space.

Historic Fort Mitchel Tour:
Heritage Library History & Genealogy Center and the Coastal Discovery Museum partner to present a new tour of Historic Fort Mitchel. This guided tour will be given every Thursday at 10:00am. The tour is led by a docent from the Heritage Library, whose responsibility it is to oversee the preservation of the site. Ft. Mitchel is an example of a well preserved Civil War era coastal artillery battery that played a key role in the lives of northern soldiers during the Union occupation from 1861 – 1866.
For information and to purchase tickets call the Coastal Discovery Museum at Historic Honey Horn Plantation at 843.689.6767 or visit their website at Adults: $12/children ages 6 – 12: $7 (no children under 6 years).


Welcome to the Gullah Festival 2013!

May 26, 2013

Gullah/Geechee Nation

Cum jayn we fa Gullah Fess 2013!

Tune in to the opening ceremony of this annual celebration of Gullah/Geechee traditions, heritage, and culture:

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Plans for Pan African Grassroots Assembly at Oyotunji

May 22, 2013

The Pan African Grassroots Assembly will be held at Oyotunji, July 4th – 7th. To learn more about what is planned, see <a href=";.