Author Archives: Laura Blair

Fighting for Equal Rights: Anita Pollitzer

The youngest of three sisters, Anita Pollitzer was born on October 31, 1894 in Charleston, South Carolina. After graduating from Charleston’s Memminger Normal School in 1913, she attended Columbia University, graduating with her bachelor’s degree in fine arts in 1916. … Continue reading

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Chronicling America Workshop

Last week, the SCDNP team traveled to Winnsboro, South Carolina to host a workshop for the Fairfield County Genealogical Society. Laptops in hand, the excited attendees used the hour to learn more about our digital newspaper program and to get … Continue reading

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Finding Solomon Northup in Chronicling America

Thanks to the Academy Award-winning film 12 Years a Slave, the story of Solomon Northup, a free African American who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the mid-1800′s, has been receiving lots of attention lately. But is this the first … Continue reading

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Hot Off the Press: More S.C. Newspapers Added to Chronicling America

We’re happy to announce that more historical South Carolina newspapers have been added to Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers! With new content from Newberry and several new titles from Abbeville, there are now 65 newspaper titles published in South Carolina … Continue reading

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An Air of Festivity: Planning Your Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving dinner approaches, last-minute questions always arise: What should be on the menu? What about the table decorations? How does one actually cook a turkey? What are the appropriate place settings? A quick Google search for the answers to these … Continue reading

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Extending Our Reach

As many of you know, we were recently awarded a third grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to continue our great work with the National Digital Newspaper Program for two more years (you can read more about this … Continue reading

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SCDNP Spotlight, Part 2

Here at SCDNP, we are proud to be a member of the National Digital Newspaper Program, a nationwide project that currently supports 36 states and territories digitizing historic newspapers and enhancing the way we see our nation’s history. Like us, many … Continue reading

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SCDNP Spotlight

Here at SCDNP, we are proud to be a member of the National Digital Newspaper Program, a nationwide project that currently supports 36 states and territories digitizing historic newspapers and enhancing the way we see our nation’s history. Like us, many … Continue reading

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The Heart of the Grand Strand: Myrtle Beach

The summer is in full swing and many are making plans to stick their toes in the sand with the sound of crashing waves in the background (or at least dreaming of it).  Hitting the beach is a common getaway … Continue reading

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New News for the Newspapers!

We are very excited to let you know about several new developments with our program! First off, we are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded additional funding from the National Endowment for Humanities to continue as a partner … Continue reading

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Last Man Standing: The Search for the Oldest Revolutionary Veteran

By the mid-1800s, the reality began to set in that the number of Revolutionary War survivors was quickly diminishing. As people began inquiring about the remaining veterans still living across the country, many newspapers took to the task of finding … Continue reading

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Using Historic Newspapers for Genealogical Research

Historic newspapers are valuable resources for genealogical research.  Rich with all types of information, newspapers can be useful in locating material regarding families and ancestors.  19th and 20th century newspapers devoted a lot of their print space to local and … Continue reading

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From Socialization to Social Change: Women’s Clubs of South Carolina

Throughout the 1800s, women in the United States began to push the societal boundaries placed upon them by moving outside of the home.  Women started to become more outspoken and organized, thus making them more visible.  Even before the Civil … Continue reading

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Extra! Extra! Chronicling America Reaches Six Million Pages!

As of Monday, March 18, 2013, the team at the Library of Congress has made some enormous improvements to Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers.  Adding over 800,000 new pages to the database, the site now holds over 6 million pages … Continue reading

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Matilda Evans

In honor of Black History Month, SCDNP looks at influential people and events in the African American community of South Carolina throughout the month of February. At a time when both women and African Americans were prohibited from doing many … Continue reading

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Emancipation Day

In honor of Black History Month, SCDNP looks at influential people and events in the African American community of South Carolina throughout the month of February. On January 1, 1863, the dawn of the third year of a gruesome civil … Continue reading

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Restaurant Week: Restaurants Across the State

One of South Carolina’s newer events is Restaurant Week: a state-wide event held over eleven days that showcases the distinct and exciting restaurant scenes found across the state. As participating restaurants offer special deals during this time, attendees have the … Continue reading

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Restaurant Week: Wheeler House

One of South Carolina’s newer events is Restaurant Week: a state-wide event held over eleven days that showcases the distinct and exciting restaurant scenes found across the state. As participating restaurants offer special deals during this time, attendees have the … Continue reading

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Restaurant Week: The Rise of the Restaurant

One of South Carolina’s newer events is Restaurant Week: a state-wide event held over eleven days that showcases the distinct and exciting restaurant scenes found across the state.  As participating restaurants offer special deals during this time, attendees have the … Continue reading

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Schofield Normal and Industrial School

The end of the Civil War ushered in a time of restoration in the Southern part of the United States.  During this era, many people from the Northern part of the country felt the desire to move down South and … Continue reading

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