Archive for May, 2014

Combahee Ferry Historic District Exhibit and Lecture

May 30, 2014


Anyone who has driven from Beaufort to Charleston on US Hwy 17 has gone across a rich and multi-tiered archaeological site. Learn about the significance of the Combahee River crossing beginning with the Native Americans who camped along its banks, the lost town of Radnor, and the daring raid to free the enslaved by Harriet Tubman and the 2nd US Colored Troops in 1863.

See the exhibit on display in the Beaufort District Collection, Mondays – Fridays, 10 am – 5 pm with special hours for Monday, June 9th, 10 am – 5:45 pm. We encourage you to see the exhibit and stay for the lecture at 6:00 pm. The exhibit and lecture are free. (Please note: The Library system is closed Monday, May 26th for Memorial Day).

Attend the lecture, “Archaeology of the Combahee Ferry Historic District” with lead archaeologist Dr. Eric Poplin on Monday, June 9, 2014 in the Children’s Programming Room, Beaufort Branch Library, 311 Scott Street, 1st floor. The lecture begins at 6 pm. The lecture is free. Anyone over age 12 with an interest in archaeology is welcomed to attend.

Dr. Poplin’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Beaufort District Collection and the new Beaufort Chapter, Archaeological Society of South Carolina.

The exhibit is on display courtesy of Brockington & Associates, SC Department of Transportation, US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Beaufort County Engineering & Infrastructure, Beaufort County Planning and the Beaufort County Library.

Please join us!


Daufuskie Historic Tour and Lecture

May 28, 2014

From the Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation and Haig Point:

Haig Point and the Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation will celebrate the rich history of Daufuskie Island, and in particular that of Haig Point, on Saturday, June 7th. The public is invited to attend this all day event that will include a walking tour of Haig Point’s recently restored tabby slave cabins, the Haig Point Light House, the Haig Point pre-Civil War slave cemetery and the Strachan Mansion.

The cost to those “across the water” is $50 through May 23 ($60 thereafter) and includes ferry service from Haig Point Embarkation on Hilton Head and lunch.  Daufuskie Islanders may access the event through the Haig Point South Gate.  The entrance fee is $25 ($30 after May 23) and includes lunch. For reservations, call 686-3441. Haig Point members may attend for a charge of $15 which includes lunch. For reservations call 686-2000.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation.

Please note: The charge for DI residents is $25, not $50 as per the print edition of the DI Front Porch.

On Friday, June 6, members of the Daufuskie Island Historical Foundation are invited to a box dinner and to hear remarks from Joseph McGill, Jr., founder of the “Slave Dwelling Project”. The Project’s mission is to identify/restore extant former slave dwellings and to bring about awareness of the historical significance of the people who lived in them. The dinner is $14.95; reservations may be made by calling 341-8144.

McGill has taken upon himself to sleep in as many extant former slave dwellings as he is able to identify and as time permits.  After dinner he will spend the night within the walls of one of the tabby ruins along with Yvonne Wilson and members of her family, descendants of Haig Point slaves, fulfilling his mission to bring preservation to and education about slave dwellings and their inhabitants.  McGill will be on site on Saturday to share stories about the “Slave Dwelling Project” with those attending the Haig Point History Celebration.


HeritageQuest Online Class

May 27, 2014

From Linda:

The Heritage Library will be offering a class in HeritageQuest Online, a subscription program that is offered at the library and online to our premier members. The class will be Wednesday, June 18, 2014 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the library. The cost is $10 per member and $15 per non-member. Please call the Heritage Library at 843-686-6560 for a reservation.

Linda Piekut Executive Director

Heritage Library Foundation


Heritage Library Salutes Its Volunteers

May 27, 2014


The Heritage Library recognized three of its outstanding volunteers at a luncheon on Wednesday, May 21, 2014.  Dee Phillips was recognized as Volunteer of the Year and Pre Moore received the President’s Award for her service on the People of Mitchelville Project.

Dee is a volunteer in the History Department.  She helped develop and helps present our Historic Sites talks, gives tours of Ft. Mitchel, and recently helped research and develop a talk on the important women in the history of the island.  Dee is also the head of our curriculum committee, responsible for the development of a curriculum on the history of Mitchelville.

Pre has been with the library since 2004, and started as our bookkeeper.  She moved from that position into the library, and has been our principal microfilm transcriber.  She most recently worked on the transcription of most of the microfilm records from the Civil War that had anything to do with Mitchelville, and managed the work of the other volunteers working on that project.

Robert Smith was awarded the Lifetime Achievement award. (Picture attached).  He has been a part of the library since 2000, and served on the Board of Directors from 2001 to 2012, and as President from 2009 to 2011.  Bob worked in the library as a Librarian for many years during that time, and has been the principal Civil War researcher.  He served on the Board of the Mitchelville Preservation Project representing the Heritage Library, and created a two-volume binder on researching African-American genealogy that is still a part of our collection today.

The Heritage Library would like to recognize the value of all of our volunteers.  We could not exist without them.

Linda — Linda Piekut

Executive Director

Heritage Library Foundation


Online Preservation Library

May 26, 2014

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