Please join us for three great programs that are free and open to the public at the main library in May 2012. In addition to a lecture by our staff member Christina Shedlock, the South Carolina Room is fortunate to host two authors for book signings and discussions of their latest works.  Read more about the programs below:

Wednesday, May 2

South Carolina in the Great Depression

 

Main Library Auditorium, from 6:30-7:30 pm.

 

Join historian and South Carolina Room staff member Christina R. Shedlock for an illustrated discussion of South Carolina during the nation’s worst economic slump in the past century. The lecture will include descriptions and reminiscences of life during the Depression, as well as the state’s slow recovery through the federal programs of the New Deal.  The program is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 10

Author Talk and Book Signing, From Animal House to Our House, with Ron Tanner

 

Main Library Auditorium, from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Author Ron Tanner will be speaking at the library as part of a national tour for his new book, From Animal House to Our House: A Love Story, a true recounting of he and his girlfriend’s quest to restore a historic Victorian house in Baltimore to its formal glory after being ransacked by its previous owners, a rowdy fraternity. Described as an ideal book for ‘lovers, dreamers, do-it-yourselfers, and fans of old houses’, Tanner’s discussion of is latest work is sure to entertain. Program is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 17

Author Talk and Book Signing, Blood and Bone: Truth and Reconciliation in a South Town, with Jack Shuler

Main Library Auditorium, from 6:30-7:30 pm.

Orangeburg, South Carolina was the location of the one of the most violent college campus incidents during the Civil Rights era, known as the Orangeburg Massacre. Author Jack Shuler will discuss his new book from University of South Carolina Press, Blood and Bones, which explores how and why the shootings occurred, as well as the community’s ongoing reaction to the event. Program is free and open to the public.

Join local genealogy expert Wevoneda Minis and CCPL  historians Christina Shedlock and Dr. Nicholas Butler for an overview of research strategies, tips for overcoming  complications in  African American family research, and a  discussion of helpful local  resources.  This event will take place in the Main Library Auditorium on Monday, September 26th at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.  Please click the link below for more information and to view the program flyer:

African American Genealogy program

Main Library Auditorium, from 6:30-7:30 pm.

 Native South Carolinian Skip Johnson will discuss his newly published guide to the city, A Charleston Primer for Yankees: History With A Southern Accent. Useful for locals and visitors to the city alike, Johnson’s book provides an easy to understand, entertaining look at the history of the city from its founding to the present. The author will have books for sale and will be available to sign copies and answer questions after the program.  Please click on the link below to view the program flyer:

Johnson Program Flyer

Please click on the link below for a new brochure featuring a breakdown of the department’s collections, with a map and organizational guide to facilitate researchers in finding the records they need while planning their visit.  The brochure can also be found under the “About Us’ tab at the top of the blog page.

Guide and map to SC Room

Deed Research and Conducting a Chain of Title 

Making sense of deeds and property records can be a daunting task, but is often useful for genealogists wishing to find where their ancestor’s homes and land were located. This is brief introduction to how deeds are organized and indexed, how to format them to trace a historic property from the past to the present or vice versa, and some important steps to start the process. This guide is geared towards resources at the Charleston County Register of Mesne Conveyance, but should be useful for research in other counties as well, as deeds across the state are essentially organized in the same fashion. There is also a list of books in CCPL’s holdings that contain useful deed information abstracts.

Please join us on Saturday, November 13th at 1:30 for a special program on conducting family history research. Genealogical lecturer and Post and Courier columnist Wevonneda Minis will discuss how to get the most out of family history interviews. The one-hour PowerPoint presentation will instruct how to conduct oral interviews that lay a solid foundation for successful genealogical research.
Please see attached flyer:
 

Please join us in the Main Library auditorium on October 6, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. for “Above and Below: The Maritime Archaeology of South Carolina Shipwreck Sites”.  The hour-long program will be hosted by the Sport Diver Archaeology Management Program, a division of the South Carolina Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology.  This event is free and open to the public.

“Come listen to maritime archaeologists talk about the history and archaeology surrounding a variety of South Carolina vessels.  Ashley Deming and Carl Naylor, part of the Maritime Research Division at the University of South Carolina, will discuss the archaeology conducted by SCIAA on many of the shipwreck sites in South Carolina waters. (taken from promotional flyer)”  To view the flyer for the event, please click below:

Maritime Program Flyer

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