Archive for March, 2014

Confederate Memorial Day Weekend – Pvt. Haywood Treadwell

March 28, 2014

From Historic Beaufort Foundation:

150 Year Mystery of Unknown Confederate Soldier Solved : Recently Identified Unknown Civil War Soldier to be honored Confederate Memorial Day Weekend

Beaufort, South Carolina; March 27, 2014: The only Confederate soldier interred in the Beaufort National Cemetery with a tombstone marked as unknown has been identified. Pvt. Haywood Treadwell of the 61st NC Volunteers, Co. G whose identity emerges after 150 years, will be recognized along with other Confederate soldiers on May 9th and 10th.

The event will include a Friday evening symposium and a Saturday formal memorial ceremony with the unveiling of the new Treadwell gravestone. During the Friday May 9th symposium, historians will trace the life of Private Treadwell, from his years as a turpentine farmer in Sampson County, NC, to his military service, his wounding and capture during the battle for Battery Wagner in Charleston Harbor, and ultimately to his death in Union Hospital No. 4 in Beaufort and burial on September 12, 1863.

The symposium will be held at the University of South Carolina Beaufort Performing Arts Center at 7:00 P.M. Beginning at 6:00PM, there will be a dry encampment of Confederate re-enactors, an informal talk on Civil War medical practices and a live band performing Civil War era music on the grounds of the Performing Arts Center.

Planned for May 10th is a formal Confederate memorial ceremony at the Beaufort National Cemetery. Beginning at 10:00 AM, it will include an honor guard of Confederate re-enactors, a cannon salute to Pvt. Treadwell and the other Confederate soldiers interred in the Cemetery and the unveiling of Pvt. Treadwell’s new gravestone by Treadwell descendants.

Chairing the symposium will be Dr. Lawrence S. Rowland, Professor Emeritus, the University of South Carolina Beaufort. Speakers will include Joel Rose, President of the Sampson County Historical Society; a military historian and Penelope Holme Parker whose research on the William Wigg Barnwell House (Union Hospital #4) in Beaufort, SC for its owners Conway G. and Diane Ivy, led to the discovery of Treadwell’s identity.

Co-sponsoring the event are the Historic Beaufort Foundation, the Richard H. Anderson Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the Stephen Elliott Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

For more information on the event contact: Penelope Holme Parker at and Jody Henson at

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Getting Wiser about Public History on the Web

March 25, 2014


Courtesy Institute of Museum and Library Services. Courtesy Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Recently, Ford’s Theatre Director of Educational Programming Sarah Jencks and I attended our first WebWise conference—a joint production of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media. IMLS is funding our Remembering Lincoln digital collection, which will bring together local responses to the Lincoln assassination and will launch in March 2015. Attending the conference, conveniently a short train ride away in Baltimore, gave us great ideas for carrying out the project.

This year’s conference was organized around the theme Anchoring Communities and it offered helpful advice on doing exactly that through digital technology. The conference overall featured a nice mix of prepared presentations and discussion groups. Here are some highlights:

Keynote Address

Nick Poole, CEO of the Collections Trust in the United Kingdom, gave an inspiring address calling on all…

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Spring Tour at Penn Center

March 24, 2014

Spring Campus Tour

Historic Trees for Historic Places

March 18, 2014

The Avid Gardeners of Hilton Head Plantation are donating a live oak to Ft. Mitchel, as part of their 2014 program, “Historic Trees for Historic Places.”  The planting ceremony will take place this Thursday, March 20, at 10:00 at Ft. Mitchel in Hilton Head Plantation. Entrance to the Plantation may be obtained by stopping at either gate for a pass. Ft. Mitchel is owned and maintained by The Heritage Library Foundation.

A tour of Ft. Mitchel will immediately follow the planting.  To register for the tour, call the Coastal Discovery Museum at 843-689-6767, ext. 223. Fees are $12 per adult and $7 per child ages 6-12.

Linda Piekut

Executive Director

Heritage Library Foundation


Another Genealogy Class at Heritage Library

March 17, 2014

FOUNDATION_LOGO  In addition to the previously posted New class, the Heritage Library Foundation is hosting:

New England Genealogy Research

Presented By Bruce Arnold
Heritage Library Member

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
1:30 – 3:30

Heritage Library member, Bruce Arnold, will speak to on Wednesday, March 26 about techniques to research ancestors who lived in New England.  He will cover means to uncover ancestor information in each of the six states of New England.  His presentation will cover the region, each individual state and methods for finding data about ancestors in individual towns and cities.  He will provide an extensive list of websites, repositories and local genealogy groups where research may produce desired results.

Bruce was born in New Hampshire and raised in Northeastern Maine.  His early ancestors appear in Massachusetts in the early 1600s.  He has been researching his ancestors for over 30 years.

Both classes will be held at the Heritage Library, 852 William Hilton Parkway, HHI 29928.

The fees are $10 for members and $15 for non-members.  Seating is limited, please call the library at 843-686-6560 to register.

Linda Piekut

Executive Director

Heritage Library Foundation