Wednesday, May 18, 2011

May 19: Beaufort County Historical Society Annual Meeting

Beaufort County Historical Society Annual Meeting

May 19th Noon
Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club

The Beaufort County Historical Society will celebrate their 72 Annual Meeting May 19th at noon at the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club, Meridian Rd., Beaufort, SC. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend at no charge.

Dr. Gerald Schwartz will discuss his book, A Woman Doctor's Civil War: Esther Hill Hawks' Diary.

A physician, a Northerner, a teacher, a school administrator, a suffragist, and an abolitionist, Dr. Esther Hill Hawks was the antithesis of Southern womanhood. Dr. Hawks' served in Beaufort during the Civil War.

While most women of the 1860s stayed at home, tending husband and house, Dr. Esther Hill Hawks came South to Beaufort to minister to black Union troops and newly freed slaves as both a teacher and a doctor. She kept a diary and described the South. Her pen, honed to a fine point by her abolitionist views, missed nothing as she traveled through a hungry and ailing land.

Remarkably frank, Esther Hill Hawks' story is one that is long overdue in the telling.

Dr. Schwartz will be at McIntosh Books on Bay St. for a book signing from 3:30-5 on the 19th, if you are unable to attend the BCHS meeting. 

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Gerald Schwartz is a professor of history at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina. A graduate of Mexico City College, Dr. Schwartz holds a Ph.D. from Washington State University. His article, "An Integrated Free School in Civil War Florida," which also concerns the career of Dr. Esther Hill Hawks, appeared in The Florida Historical Quarterly.

Please RSVP to Nancy Gilley at 843-524-7969 for an optional light lunch catered by Debbi Covington will be served at 11:30 for $10.

Upcoming Events:

Sept. 22th- Joseph McGill will discuss the 54th Massachusetts Troops
Nov. 10th- Kristine Dunn Johnson will speak on her book No Holier Spot of Ground: Confederate Monuments and Cemeteries of South Carolina and the history of the Beaufort US National Cemetery.

The Beaufort County Historical Society is the oldest association in Beaufort County dedicated to the study and preservation of history. A member based organization, the society was established in 1939.

For further information contact: Pamela Ovens-President or call 843-785-2767

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