Archive for July, 2013

New Director for Heritage Library Foundation Board

July 31, 2013

From Linda Piekut of The Heritage Library History & Genealogy Center

The Heritage Library Foundation is pleased to announce a new member of its Board of Directors. Lou Benfante, Chairman of the History Department, Heritage Library, has accepted a position on the Board. Lou comes to us with a degree in History from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He spent his career in supply-chain management and moved to Hilton Head Island in 2003 to work as Director of Materials Management for Coastal Carolina Hospital and eventually Hilton Head Hospital. Lou will be a valuable member of the Board of Directors.

Linda Piekut
Executive Director
Heritage Library Foundation


Preservation Tip

July 30, 2013

MACC Preservation Tip: Take an assessment of your institution’s past, current and on-going preservation activities and record the findings (i.e. the schedule of regular maintenance work and cleanings, the dates and descriptions of specific actions such as storage improvements). This sets a context, can add line items to an existing conservation budget, and demonstrates that preservation is ongoing by actions. These recorded actions can be articulated in grant applications.

“Gifts from the Sea” with Jean Guilleux – ASSC HHI

July 29, 2013

From: Mary Lou Brewton, 912-604-3634, Press Release for Immediate Release
ASSC Hilton Head chapter – presents Weds. Aug. 14th Jean Guilleux “Gifts from the Sea” Artifact Collection

The Archaeology Society of SC/Hilton Head Chapter presents Jean Guilleux, local ASSC/HH member, who will discuss his ongoing research presented at the Archaeological Society of South Carolina 2013 annual conference.

Tide after tide, pottery sherds have been washing up the beach on Hilton Head Island during 2012 and 2013. The area collected and reported on is located on the Port Royal Sound side, between Beach Markers 127 and 132.

In addition to about 550 pottery sherds, numerous bones, fossils, glass sherds, some lithics and abraders, and other artifacts, notably some fossilized resin and a modified fossilized bone, have also washed up. Clay rolls wash up this beach as well, and clay deposits are uncovered at times of deep beach erosion.

Analysis of the pottery sherds, and research on the evolution of the beach and of the Port Royal Sound is presented in an attempt to pinpoint the origin of the sherds. Artifacts recovered will be on display.

The meeting is Wednesday, August 14th at Discovery House, Coastal Discovery Museum on Honey Horn Plantation at 2:30 pm.

All ASS\C/HH meetings are free and open to the public.

August 14th – Jean Guilleux – Gifts from the Sea

Sept. 17th – 1 pm Adam King, Ph.D. SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of South Carolina will discuss the newest excavations at Etowah

Sept. 21st – Archaeology Field Day- Santee State Park

Sept. 23rd – Beaufort County Council Hilton Head Island Branch Library 5 pm Proclamation of Archaeology Month, Hilton Head Island Branch Library, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island

Sept 24th – Beaufort City Council Beaufort City Hall, Proclamation of Archaeology Month. Council Chamber Beaufort City Hall 1911 Boundary St. Beaufort, SC

Oct. 8th – 6:00 ASSC/HH Partners w Beaufort County Planning Dept. and Beaufort District Collection at Beaufort County Library 311 Scott St to celebrate SC Archaeology Month- Archaeology Public Outreach in SC – Helena Ferguson

Oct. 19th – 12-4 pm – Annual What the Heck is IT? Artifact Identification Program -Beaufort District Collection Beaufort County Library on 311 Scott St.
Nov. 19th – confirmation pending 1 pm

Dec. 10th – ASSC Christmas Socia – location TBA

March 1st, 2014 – Saturday – ASSC Annual Conference – Gambrell Hall, USC, Columbia, SC

For further information: Dwayne Pickett

Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week: Gwine Chuch!

July 28, 2013

Gullah/Geechee Nation

by Queen Quet, Chieftess of the Gullah/Geechee Nation (

Tenk Gawd fa de chuch!

God is the foundation and center of the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  Although Gullah/Geechees have a myriad of spiritual practices, it is difficult to find a Gullah/Geechee whose spiritual roots do not come out of the bush arbors and praise houses.  The congregations of these traditional gathering places are the ones that literally and figuratively laid the foundations for the historic churches throughout the Gullah/Geechee Nation.

The shout tradition and the spirituals evolved within these centers of the community and continue today. Hunnuh hafa cum ta church an shout wid we fa de sellbrayshun een de Gullah/Geechee Nation!  Disya de way we ancestas dem lun we bout Gawd an how fa lib wid de famlee pun de islandt fa tru.  Dem bin wan allawe fa be riychus folk.  So e hep we fa ketch we…

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Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week: Grand Army Hall Marker Dedication

July 26, 2013

Gullah/Geechee Nation

On the first day of "Gullah/Geechee Nation Appreciation Week" in Beaufort County, SC and the City of Beaufort, join the Beaufort County Historical Society at the dedication of
Grand Army Hall Historical Marker 
706 Newcastle St.
Beaufort, SC
Saturday, July 27th 11 am
Grand Army Hall of Beaufort, SC
Thirty years before the first Black History Day celebration in 1926, a group of Black Civil War veterans purchased property at what is now 706 New Castle Street in Beaufort, South Carolina in the Gullah/Geechee Nation.  The building that they built in 1896 is the Grand Army Hall which is the only known surviving physical structure representing the Grand Old Army of the Republic’s activities in the south.
Check out the Gullah/Geechee TV coverage of the event:

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