Archive for November, 2015

Preservation Newsletter – Bluffton Historical Preservation Society

November 30, 2015

November, 2015

Dear valued members, volunteers, and donors:

Let me begin by saying that I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. The weather here in Bluffton has been beautiful, which is always a perfect excuse to visit and walk the streets of historic Bluffton. In this spirit I encourage you to visit our Heyward House Historic Center if the opportunity arises.

If you recall from the September newsletter I informed the Board of the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society back in August that I would eventually be returning to the important project of completing my second history book, which covers the life of Dr. Henry Woodward, South Carolina’s first English settler and accomplished explorer. In addition, I will be refocusing my attention on my responsibilities to the Army National Guard, of which I am obligated to for the next several years until retirement.  My last day as Director of the BHPS will be November 30, 2015.

It has been and absolute honor to serve you as director for the last eight months. In this short time we have collectively accomplished some paramount achievements. Of these, the Archive Preservation Project is worth noting. In this effort I created a digital catalog of much of the library’s contents, which has enabled the Society to conduct digital searches and better facilitate research for you the member and for the general public as well. My underlying objective has always been to provide more open access to our archives. For the first time in years we reopened the library at the Colcock-Teel House and established regular hours (Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1pm-4pm) so that the public could visit and utilize the facility. This is precisely what Hunter Saussy, the BHPS founding president, had in mind in 1981 when he established the Society. The principal component of our mission statement is to preserve and share Bluffton’s unique history.

Another important effort has been our emphasis on utilizing the Teel House for historical purposes, which was the wish of Mrs. Teel, who donated the home to the Society. Her last instructions were crystal clear—use the home for historical purposes, otherwise it transfers to the possession of the Church of the Cross organization. In an effort to satisfy Mrs. Teel’s wishes, in addition to the Archive Preservation Project, I was able to acquire (from an anonymous donor): a new mounted projector screen to enhance the ability of the boardroom to facilitate historical lectures, and a new digital scanner/copier to scan historical documents and enable members to make copies of items from the archives. Per the donation agreement these items are to remain in the Teel House boardroom for historical purposes only. We must be careful to use the home for legitimate historical purposes (history lectures, archive use, etc.) in order to fulfill the desires of not only Mrs. Teel, but to carry out the mission statement as outlined by the BHPS founders.

In addition to the usage of the Teel House, the security of the archives is vital as well. For the first time we now have proper access and key-holding restrictions in place to guard our valuable inventory. When we speak of physical historic preservation efforts, we must remember that the archives need to be guarded, preserved, and kept from falling into disrepair and neglect. You, the members and volunteers (of which I will now join you as a volunteer in a few days), play a vital role in this overall effort. As I have repeated often, in order to preserve Bluffton’s unique history we must first preserve that which preserves. In other words we must preserve the BHPS.

It is also my pleasure to inform you that in the last eight months we have grown our Society by 27%, from 150 to 190 members. This amounts to the largest growth spurt since the organization rose to over 400 members in the eighties and nineties. I am confident that if the BHPS continues to focus on our mission statement and insure that we are a member-centered organization, we will continue to grow and thrive.

To continue our efforts of revitalizing the historic aspect of the Society, I would encourage those of you who have a passion for history to get involved and volunteer to work in the archives. This passion for history was the impetus which drove the BHPS founders, including Ben and Betsy Caldwell, to collect documents and build the Caldwell Archives. This data was used by Hunter Saussy and others to write the history of Bluffton, which is now updated and referred to as A Guide to Historic Bluffton, available for purchase in the Heyward House gift shop.

I will close by stressing the importance of focusing on our mission statement, which is to preserve and share Bluffton’s unique history. If we follow the misguided national organizational trend of discussing “popular” historical topics unrelated to our town, then members, visitors and residents alike will assume we have no history worth telling. And I can assure you that we have one of the most unique histories in all of antebellum and Civil War America. As the author of The Bluffton Expedition and the owner of Fulgham Publishing, I look forward to seeing many of you in the future as I continue my lecture series.

If you would like to contact me in the future my personal email is jefffulgham@hotmail.com and I can also be reached on facebook.

Sincerely,

Jeff Fulgham, Director, BHPS

Jeff Fulgham

Director

Bluffton Historical Preservation Society

P.O. Box 742 (Mailing)

46 Colcock Street (Physical)

Bluffton, S.C. 29910

jeff@blufftonhistorical.org

Advertisements

Final Chance: Larry & Steve Show!

November 28, 2015

BDC New Logo_Blue

Thursday, December 3 at 4 pm | BDC & USCB Libraries present two of our nation’s finest working local historians today, Dr. Larry Rowland and Dr. Steve Wise, at Hilton Head Branch Library, 11 Beach City Road.  Learn about Beaufort County’s history from the Hurricane of 1893 to the construction of Sun-City, Hilton Head! Details: gracec@bcgov.net or call 843-255-6446

First Come! First Seated! Free!!!!HH _BDC Programs - USCB

3 Ways You Can Advocate for History

November 23, 2015

AASLH

Caucus for History: Contact your Representative (today, by email!) and ask them to join the Congressional History Caucus. It was founded by Congressmen John Larson (D-CT), Tom Cole (R-OK), Ander Crenshaw (R-FL) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) with the help of the National Coalition for History, a group which includes the AASLH. At 19 House members and growing, the goal is to build lasting relationships with history organizations, historians, archivists, teachers, students, genealogists, researchers, and others in their respective districts. Please write or call your House member’s office and urge them to contact Congressman John Larson’s office at (202) 225-2265. Learn more abut the Caucus.

Get Your Organization to Sign the Value of History Statement: You’ve been hearing about the History Relevance Campaign (HRC), and now is the moment to add your endorsement to its Value of History statement.  It is a clear articulation of why history is relevant and essential in modern life. Discussing and referring back to the statement is already inspiring a national conversation about the important work that history organizations do. Wording from the statement is being used in grant proposals, in conversations with elected officials, and with governing boards. AASLH has made history relevance one of its key focal points and has been supporting the HRC since its inception. Over 90 national, state, and local groups have signed, and yours can be next. 

Go to MAD:  Sign up for AAM’s Museums Advocacy Day (MAD) in Washington, DC, in February and help make a unified case to Congress about the importance of history museums. Read more and register here. Please note that as an AASLH member—because AASLH is a Partner supporter of the MAD—you may register for free by using this code: “MAD2016_AASLH”.  AAM staff will provide policy briefings and schedule meetings for you on Capitol Hill.  And you won’t be alone.  The AASLH Council holds its winter meeting in conjunction with MAD each year so staff and Council can participate in Advocacy Day.

Thanksgiving Closures at Beaufort County Library

November 18, 2015

BCL_Logo_Blue_Brown

All branches of the Beaufort County Library System will close early at 5:00pm on Wednesday, November 25th. All branches and departments will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th. We will resume normal operating hours on Saturday, November 28th.

 

Cheers to Culture – Networking Opportunity

November 18, 2015

The Library Director, Ray McBride, received this notice today. Sounds like an excellent networking opportunity in case one or more of you would like to go. (I have a metadata training session already scheduled for Dec 10 so I cannot attend.)- Grace

Greetings!

The South Carolina Federation of Museums (SCFM) is pleased to announce the first ever CHEERS TO CULTURE event on December 10, 2015 from 5pm-7pm in Columbia, South Carolina at Mellow Mushroom in The Vista. CHEERS TO CULTURE was created to build relationships between museum professionals, librarians, and archivists in the state. The idea is to build upon our upcoming 2016 conference theme, Celebrating Carolina Cultures (http://www.southcarolinamuseums.org/conference) . South Carolina has some of the best cultural heritage institutions in the country. Our goal is to build a social network of professionals and to find creative partnerships between libraries, archives, and museums to celebrate our cultural heritage institutions.

SC Federation of Museums – SCFM Conference

SCFM 2016 Conference March 9-11, 2016 Edgefield, South Carolina Celebrating Carolina Cultures Seeking Session Proposals for the SCFM 2016 Conference

Read more…

Eat. Chat. Tweet. Socialize. Drink! We will be live tweeting our discussions on how to strengthen Carolina cultural heritage in our institutions. We envision this as an interactive event with museum professionals, librarians, and archivists across the state having a live Twitter conversation about the power of South Carolina cultural heritage institutions and professionals. Tell others. Invite a fellow librarian, archivist, or museum professional and let’s have fun! CHEERS TO CULTURE! The first round or so of appetizers are on us!

Please share with your staff and feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Contact Porchia Moore or Kayleigh Vaughn for more information: moorepa@email.sc.edu kayleigh@columbiamuseum.org

Date: December 10, 2015

Location: Upstairs Party Room

Address: 1009 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Tel: 803-933-29201

Porchia A. Moore, PhD Candidate University of South Carolina School of Library and Information Science McKissick Museum Management Certificate Program Cultural Heritage Informatics Leadership Fellow African American Professors Program 2013-2014 HASTAC SCHOLAR PDC Committee, South Carolina Federation of Museums Email: moorepa@email.sc.edu Tel: 803.979.2902