Civil War 150”: The United States, Interrupted, 1861 – 1865



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Civil War 150”: The United States, Interrupted, 1861 – 1865
Funds to put on these BDC@ programs come from: Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, Library of America, National Endowment for the Humanities, SC Humanities Council, Beaufort County Council and the Beaufort County Historical Society.
Contributors: Arts Council of Beaufort County, Beaufort County Historical Society, Beaufort History Museum, Bluffton Historical Preservation Society, Coastal Discovery Museum ,Greater Beaufort Chamber of Commerce, Heritage Library Foundation, Hilton Head Historical Society, and Historic Beaufort Foundation.
Event Name: “Civil War 150” Exhibit at the Beaufort District Collection

Short description of event: Created to commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial, Beaufort County Library was selected as one of only 50 sites to host the exhibit during the 150th anniversary period. Explore the bloodiest war in United States history in this traveling exhibit developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with The Library of American with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Experience the Civil War through the eyes of major political figures, soldiers, families, and freedmen. By virtue of letters, personal accounts, and images, learn how people grappled with the end of slavery, the nature of democracy and citizenship, the human toll of civil war, and the role of a president in wartime. Pick up an “I visited Civil War 150” voucher in the BDC to receive a discount on admission at specified museums. Vouchers expire October 31, 2013.

Time and date of event: Mondays through Fridays, 10 am until 5 pm, beginning Monday, September 9th through Monday, September 30th; Special evening hours, 5:00 -7:30 pm on September 12th, 19th, and 24th

Location of event: Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street Beaufort, SC 29902

Price:   Free

Contact information:  gracec@bcgov.net

Website:  http://www.beaufortcountylibrary.org/civilwar


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Event Name: Permanent Civil War Exhibit at Parris Island Museum

Short description of event: The Parris Island Museum, in addition to Marine Corps history, has a section devoted to the history of the local area during the American Civil War. The Hilton Head and Beaufort areas were major bases for the Union Army and Navy, each of which conducted raids into the mainland against the Confederate-controlled railroad connecting Charleston and Savannah. Be sure to visit the section devoted to Civil War era maps, photographs and artifacts.

Time and date of event: 10 am to 4:30 pm Daily; Closed New Years, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas

Location of event: 111 Panama St., Marine Corps Recruit Depot.

Price: Free

Contact information: 843-228-2951

Website: http://parrisislandmuseum.com/
Event Name: “Civil War in Beaufort District” displays at the Branch Libraries

Short description of event: The course and impacts of the Civil War in Beaufort District were profound and distinctively different than elsewhere in the South. This area served as a Federal Army and Navy staging area and hospital base. The former enslaved participated in the Port Royal Experiment unfolding on our sea islands even as the Confederacy held the mainland parts of Beaufort District. Stop by our branch libraries to see a display created from materials in the special collections and archives unit of the Library system summarizing Beaufort County’s local history during the Civil War era.

Time and date of event: September 9 – October 1 during regular hours of operation

Multiple Locations

Beaufort Branch, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC 29902

Bluffton Branch, 120 Palmetto Way, Bluffton, SC

Hilton Head Branch, 11 Beach City Road, Hilton Head Island, SC

Lobeco Branch, 1862 Trask Parkway, Lobeco, SC
Event Name:  Civil War Picture Display at Heritage Library

Short Description of Event: Miscellaneous pictures, framed newspapers, etc. related to the Civil War will be on display in the Heritage Library.

Time and Date of Event:  September 2 - September 27 during regular hours of operation

Location of Event:  Heritage Library, 852 William Hilton Parkway, Ste 2A, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928

Price of Event: Free

Contact info: Linda Piekut, lindapiekut@gmail.com, 843-686-6560

Website: www.heritagelib.org
Event Name:  “1st South Carolina Volunteers: From Slaves to Soldiers to Freedmen” exhibit at Beaufort History Museum

 Short Description of Event:  View an exhibit about the first former slaves to be officially recognized as Union soldiers in the Civil War. The 1st SC Volunteers were mustered in during the Day of Jubilee celebrations on January 1, 1863. Local war hero Robert Smalls helped convince President Lincoln that black men would be able troops. There is even some evidence that the Emancipation Proclamation was hurried up to accommodate their enlistment.



Time & Date of the Event:  Opening Gala, September 5, 2013, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Exhibit open Tuesday through Thursday, 10-12 AM, 2-4PM, September 5 –December 26.

Location:  Beaufort History Museum @ City Hall, 1911 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC  29902 

Price of Event:  Exhibit: $3.00 per person Museum admission discount with an “I visited Civil War 150” voucher; Vouchers expire October 31, 2013. Gala: $25.00 for members, $35.00 for non-members. (Discount vouchers do not apply to the Gala.)  

Contact info:  Katherine Lang, Beaufort History Museum, (843) 277-1443

Website:  www.beauforthistorymuseum.com
Event Name: Permanent Civil War Exhibits at John Mark Verdier House

Short description of event: Historic images from collections of the Historic Beaufort Foundation, the Beaufort District Collection, and the Library of Congress illustrate text panels of the town as it was during the Civil War and as it is now in “Bay Street Occupied.” Dennis Cannady is building a scale-model diorama of “Bay Street 1863”with buildings and docks added monthly. Watch Bay Street as it grows.

Time and date of event: Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location of event: Verdier House, 801 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 

Price:   Free

Contact information:  843-379-6335

Website: www.historicbeaufort.org
Event Name: John Mark Verdier House Museum Tours

Short description of event: Paid admission to the John Mark Verdier House includes two Civil War related exhibits: “Robert Smalls: Beaufort Hero” showcases the life of the African-American slave who became Republican leader of the Lowcountry post Civil War; “Unsurrendered Flag” features the history of the BVA and the unit’s recently restored 1858 flag.

Time and date of event: Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location of event: Verdier House, 801 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 

Price:   $10 per adult, children and teenagers free. Admission includes tour of Verdier House. Museum admission discount with an “I visited Civil War 150” voucher. Vouchers expire October 31, 2013.

Contact information:  843-379-6335.

Website: www.historicbeaufort.org

Event Name:  Fort Mitchel Tour with Coastal Discovery Museum and Heritage Library Foundation

Short Description of Event:  Visit a well preserved example of a Civil War era coastal artillery battery with the Coastal Discovery Museum.  Learn about what life on Hilton Head Island was like for northern soldiers during the Union occupation 1861-1865.  The tour is offered in cooperation with the Heritage Library Foundation, owner of this historic site.

Time and Date of Event:  Thursdays, 10 AM

Location of Event:  Tours meet at Fort Mitchel, Hilton Head Island

Price of Event: Regular price is $12 adult $7 child (ages 6-12); Tour admission discount with an “I visited Civil War 150” voucher. Reservations are required for this tour. Vouchers expire October 31, 2013.

Contact info: Call Coastal Discovery Museum at 843-689-6767 for reservations.

Website: www.coastaldiscovery.org
Event Name:  Forts of Port Royal Tour with Coastal Discovery Museum

Short Description of Event:  Learn about the area's early explorers and the importance of the island during the Civil War, Mitchelville, and the Steam Cannon.  The tour visits the site of Fort Walker and the Steam Cannon. 

Time and Date of Event:  Wednesdays, 10 AM

Location of Event:  Tours meet at the Westin Resort, Hilton Head Island

Price of Event: Regular price is $12 adult $7 child (ages 6-12); Tour admission discount with an “I visited Civil War 150” voucher. Reservations are required for this tour. Vouchers expire October 31, 2013.

Contact info: Call Coastal Discovery Museum at 843-689-6767 for reservations.

Website: www.coastaldiscovery.org
Event Name:  Civil War Era Talk at Coastal Discovery Museum

Short Description of Event: Find out why thousands of Union soldiers were on Hilton Head Island and how they spent their time.  Historic photographs, maps and artifacts tell the story of Hilton Head from 1861-1865. 

Time and Date of Event:  Thursdays, 3 PM

Location of Event:  Tours meet at the Coastal Discovery Museum, 70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island

Price of Event: Regular price is $7 per person; Admission discount with an “I visited Civil War 150” voucher. Vouchers expire October 31, 2013.

Contact info: Call Coastal Discovery Museum at 843-689-6767 for reservations.

Website: www.coastaldiscovery.org
http://www.schumanities.org/files/43_fmfile_thcsc%20color%20logo.jpg Event Name:   Slave Dwelling Project with Joseph McGill

Description of event:  Learn about this project designed to bring awareness and preservation of dwellings in which the enslaved once lived.

Time and date of event:  Thursday, September 5th at 11 am

Location of event: Heyward House Historic Center 70 Boundary Street Bluffton SC 29910

Price: $3 suggested donation

Contact information:  mrichards@heywardhouse.org  

Website:  http://www.heywardhouse.org

Event Name: “Becoming Harriet Tubman” written by and starring Natalie Daise

Description of Event: A one-woman drama that tells how one little girl, Harriet Tubman, became an historical icon. The Combahee River Raid she guided to liberate enslaved people is considered by some to be the only time a woman has lead troops in battle in US history.

Time and Date of Event: September 6th, 7th, & 8th at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday and at 3:30pm on Sunday.

Location of Event: ARTworks in Beaufort Town Center, 2127 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC 29902

Price of Event: $17 per person, $12 for students (13+), $7 for children (12 and under) and $12 for groups of 10 or more.

Contact info: 843-379-2787

Website: www.artworksinbeaufort.org

Please Note: Library Staff will be on hand to chat up and distribute the printed guides for the “One County Reads the Civil War” project before, during intermission, and at the conclusion of each performance.
Event Name: “Civil War Era Photography and Equipment” with Dr. Robert Lisle

Short description of event: Civil War photography was the work of some 300 men whose images captured the faces, places and events for the world to see. Learn how select photographers made their pictures using some of the actual tools on display during the presentation. Visit the Beaufort District Collection Research Room to view items from Dr. Lisle’s personal collection through September 30th.

Time and date of event: Tuesday, September 10th at 6:00 p.m., 2nd floor Lobby

Location of event: Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street Beaufort, SC 29902 

Price:   Free

Contact information:  gracec@bcgov.net

Website:  www.beaufortcountylibrary.org
Event Name: Opening Reception of the “Civil War 150” Exhibit with Historian Stephen R. Wise, PhD

Short description of event: Dr. Wise, a recognized authority on the Civil War, will provide an overview of the distinctly different course of the Civil War as experienced here and its profound impacts on subsequent Beaufort District history. Refreshments funded by the Beaufort County Historical Society.

Time and date of event: Saturday, September 14th at 2:00 p.m.

Location of event: Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street Beaufort, SC 29902 

Price:   Free

Contact information:  gracec@bcgov.net

Website:  www.beaufortcountylibrary.org
http://www.schumanities.org/files/43_fmfile_thcsc%20color%20logo.jpg Event Name: “Undaunted Valor: The Beaufort Volunteer Artillery in the Civil War” with Ron Roth, SC Humanities scholar

Short description of event: This presentation will focus on its Civil War exploits in over a dozen military engagements. Learn about the Civil War military engagements fought by one of the nation’s oldest military units, the BVA, in their headquarters building, the Arsenal.

Time and date of event: Tuesday, September 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Arsenal

Location of event: BDC@ The Arsenal, 713 Craven Street, Beaufort, SC 29902 

Price:   Free

Contact information:  gracec@bcgov.net

Website:  www.beaufortcountylibrary.org
Event Name: “Civil War Medicine: What They Never Told You” with Re-enactor David Smoot

Short description of event: The information that most Americans have concerning medicine during the Civil War has come from the movies, TV, novels and sources that are more hysterical than historical. This program is based on medical practices and manuals of the period performed by and written by the people who were there.

Multiple Locations:

Thursday, September 12th at 6:00 p.m. in the Beaufort Meeting Room

Wednesday, September 18th at 6:00 p.m. in the St. Helena Meeting Room

Tuesday, September 24th at 6:00 p.m. in the Hilton Head Meeting Room



Price:   Free

Contact information:  gracec@bcgov.net

Website:  www.beaufortcountylibrary.org
Event Name:  "The Interruption of Thomas Darrow" at Beaufort History Museum

Short Description of Event:  Tim Johnston reads his original short story about a Union soldier who has been assigned to work at the execution of the convicted co-conspirators in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln at the Beaufort History Museum. The story has been published in two short story collections, most recently in the 1st volume of Short Story America, which will be available for purchase. 

Time and Date of Event:  Friday, September 13th at 7:00 pm 

Location:  City Council Chambers, 2d floor, Beaufort City Hall, 1911 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC  29902 

Price: $10.00 for members; $12.00 for non-members.

Contact information:  Katherine Lang, Beaufort History Museum, 843 277-1443

 Website:  www.beauforthistorymuseum.com


Event Name: The New South with Kate Boyd and Craig Keeney

Short description of event: Investigators Kate Boyd and Craig Keeney will speak about the online Civil War collections at the University of South Carolina, including the digital version of the New South, a Federal occupation newspaper published in Beaufort District. Their work was undertaken in support of the National Endowment for the Humanities Newspaper Project with the Library of Congress.

Time and date of event: Wednesday, September 18th at 1:00 p.m., 2nd floor Lobby

Location of event: Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street Beaufort, SC 29902 

Price:   Free

Contact information:  gracec@bcgov.net

Website:  www.beaufortcountylibrary.org
Event Name:  “Medical Care of Thomas J. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson with Dave Smoot

Description of event:  Beaufort District held a number of hospital facilities. Dave Smoot, MCRD Parris Island Museum technician and medical re-enactor, will discuss the medical care of CSA General Jackson as it relates to treatment standards of the era during this Beaufort County Historical Society meeting.

Time and date of event:  Thursday, September 19th at Noon

Location of event: Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club, Meridian Rd. Lady's Island, SC 29907

Price:  Free 

Contact information:  maryloubrew@aol.com  

Website:  http://www.beaufortcountyhistoricalsociety.org 
http://www.schumanities.org/files/43_fmfile_thcsc%20color%20logo.jpg Event Name: “Service, Honor, Heritage, Pride? The Ethics of Native American Indians that Participated in the Civil War” with Dr. Will Goins, SC Humanities scholar and Chief of the Cherokee Tribe of South Carolina

Short description of event: The lecture examines the involvement of American Indians during the Civil War, looking at the various reasons why they fought, how they became aligned to the Confederacy or the Union, and the ethics of their participation in a war that was not theirs to fight.

Time and date of event: Monday, September 23rd at 1:00 p.m. in the Hilton Head Public Service District Office Community Meeting Room

Location of event: BDC@ Hilton Head, 21 Oak Park Drive, Hilton Head, SC  29926

Price:   Free

Contact information:  gracec@bcgov.net

Website:  www.beaufortcountylibrary.org
Event Name: “In Their Own Words: Beaufort District during the Civil War” with Grace Cordial, the Library’s local history librarian and archivist

Short description of event: Join the discussion of the Civil War experience as seen through the letters, reports, and testimony of Confederate residents, the enslaved, Northern teachers and missionaries, and members of the military in Beaufort District, 1861– 1865.  The list of reading selections and questions to be discussed is posted at http://www.beaufortcountylibrary.org/civilwar/bibliographies.

Multiple Locations:

Wednesday, September 25th at 1:00 p.m. in the Bluffton Meeting Room

  Thursday, September 26th at 5:30 p.m. in the Beaufort Meeting Room



Price:   Free

Contact information:  gracec@bcgov.net

Website:  www.beaufortcountylibrary.org
http://www.schumanities.org/files/43_fmfile_thcsc%20color%20logo.jpg Event Name: “Confederates at the Keyboard: Piano Music during the Civil War Era” with Dr. David B. Thompson, SC Humanities Scholar

Short Description of event: This program, performed in period clothing, brings a considerable repertoire of solo Civil War era keyboard music (waltz, mazurka, march, and battle pieces) to modern ears.  Throughout the program, excerpts from Confederate diaries, letters and memoirs are read recounting the moving effect of keyboard music in the home as well as the overwhelming grief resulting from the destruction of these prized possessions during the war.

Time and date of event: Friday, September 27th at 7:00 pm in the St. John’s Lutheran Church

Location of event: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 157 Lady’s Island Drive, Beaufort, SC 29907 

Price:   Free

Contact information:  gracec@bcgov.net

Website:  www.beaufortcountylibrary.org
Event Name:  "Glory!" [The Movie] with Joseph McGill and Beaufort History Museum

Description:   Historian and 54th Massachusetts Regiment re-enactor Joseph McGill introduces the movie, "Glory," and discusses how closely it follows what we know about the 54th and the 1st SC Volunteers. 

Time and Date:  Friday, September 20th at 7:00 pm

Location:  USC-B Center for the Arts, 801 Carteret Street, Beaufort, SC  29902 

Price:  To be determined

Contact info:  Katherine Lang, Beaufort History Museum, 843 277-1443

 Website:  www.beauforthistorymuseum.com

 

Event Name:  1st SC Volunteers Encampment

 Short description: The Beaufort History Museum presents historian and 54th Massachusetts Regiment re-enactor Joseph McGill and other re-enactors, who will create an encampment as the 1st SC Volunteers, the first officially recognized unit of the United States Colored Troops.



Time and Date: Saturday, September 21st at 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location:  Naval Hospital Park, off Ribaut Road, Port Royal, SC 29935

Contact info:  Katherine Lang, Beaufort History Museum, 843 277-1443

 Website:  www.beauforthistorymuseum.com


Event Name: “South Carolina Civilians in Sherman’s Path” with Karen Stokes

Short description of event: Karen Stokes, archivist of the South Carolina Historical Society, shares the harrowing experiences recorded in letters, diaries, memoirs and newspaper accounts of Sherman’s destructive march across the Palmetto State.

Time and date of event: Monday, September 23rd, 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

Location of event: Verdier House, 801 Bay Street Beaufort, SC 29902 

Price:   $15 - $20 per person, includes wine and hors d’oeuvres.

Contact information:  843-379-3331

Website: www.historicbeaufort.org
Event Name:   “Battle of Pocotaligo” at Bluffton Historical Preservation Society

Description of event:  Local historian Chris Clayton will share his research about the unsuccessful Union attempt of October 22, 1862 to wrest control of the Savannah-Charleston Railroad line from the Confederates.

Time and date of event:  Thursday, October 10th at 11 am

Location of event: Colcock-Teel House 46 Colcock Street Bluffton SC 29910

Price: $3 suggested donation

Contact information:  mrichards@heywardhouse.org  

Website:  http://www.heywardhouse.org
Event Name:  Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Library’s Special Collections and Archives Unit

Description of event: October is South Carolina Archives Month. Beaufort District Collection staff show participants what goes on behind the locked door – and how we work every day to safeguard, preserve, and share our community’s history and culture.  This year the tour will feature significant Civil War related materials in our holdings.   

Time and date of event: Saturday, October 12th, 2:00 – 3:30 pm

Location of event: Beaufort District Collection, 2nd floor, 311 Scott Street, Beaufort, SC 29902

Price:  Free; First come, first served: Limit of 30 participants.

Contact information: gracec@bcgov.net

Website:  http://www.beaufortcountylibrary.org
For additional Civil War Author & Book Discussions; Film Discussions & Showings, and Events for Youth, visit “One County Reads the Civil War” at www.beaufortcountylibrary.org/civilwar or click here for the the Library system’s Fall newsletter. Or, pick up a printed copy at any of our branch libraries or partner locations.

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