Author Archives: Virginia Pierce

Chronicling America, Digitized South Carolina Newspapers, and Common Core

Olde English Consortium Library Media Specialists Professional Development Conference John Quirk of the South Carolina Digital Library and Virginia Pierce of the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program SCDNP has digitized or is in the process of digitizing newspapers from 80 … Continue reading

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Tips for Researching Your Upstate South Carolina Roots

The Reunion of Upcountry Families is happening this week in Easley, S.C. and, in honor of the conference, we want to share some resources that might help you hard working genealogists who are researching your family history in upstate South … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Undergraduate Research in Chronicling America

The South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program (SCDNP) here at USC makes historic newspapers in South Carolina freely accessible and full-text searchable through a partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC). We are … Continue reading

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Kudzu: The Vine that Ate the South

It is hard to imagine driving down a highway in the south and not seeing swaths of kudzu carpeting eroded gullies and forests. Although one would think it a permanent feature of the southern landscape, the kudzu vine was not … Continue reading

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All Things Newspaper: Exciting projects associated with the National Digital Newspaper Program

Over the last two years, we have brought you information and updates on the South Carolina Digital Newspaper Program. SCDNP is part of the larger National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), along with 27 other states and the District of Columbia, … Continue reading

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New Podcast Series Assists Researchers on How to Use Chronicling America

National Digital Newspaper Program staff at the Ohio Historical Society recently launched an 11 Part Podcast Series, Using Chronicling America Podcast Series, that will be most helpful to researchers who wish to improve how they use Chronicling America: Historic American … Continue reading

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Voices in the Wilderness: Southerners who Opposed Secession

Each April on the anniversary of the first shots of the Civil War, many romanticize the Confederacy and the Lost Cause. Given the extensive coverage of famous battles, generals, and the devastating loss of life, we might be forgiven for … Continue reading

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Watch Free Webinar on The Power of Digitization: Digitizing Historical SC Newspapers at the SCDNP

******* Have you heard about the SC Digital Newspaper Program (SCDNP) and would like to know more about what we do and which historical SC newspapers we are digitizing? Would you like to learn more about how to search and … Continue reading

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Exploring the Progressive Era in Historical SC Newspapers: 1900-1920s

The Progressive Era The Progressive Era began around 1900 and continued into the late 1920s and marked sweeping changes in social issues, technology, and government involvement in everyday people’s lives. Social issues such as child labor, women’s suffrage, prohibition, the … Continue reading

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Join Us for an Upcoming Webinar on March 30, 2012

Join us for a free webinar on March 30th, 2012. The South Carolina State Library is hosting a free webinar on The Power of Digitization: The South Carolina Digital Newspaper Project. This webinar will be geared toward library staff but … Continue reading

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Finding that Needle in the Haystack: The Power of Full Text Searching in Chronicling America

Imagine scrolling through the microfilm reels, at your local library, hoping to uncover that one small mention on your research topic: a name, an event, a place. Perhaps, discovering that one piece of information takes hours, days, or more…Now, imagine, … Continue reading

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South Carolina State House Under Construction:1854-1907

Did you know that it took 53 years (1854- 1907) and six different architects to complete the construction of the South Carolina State House? That originally a square tower, rather than a dome, was to top the statehouse? Or, that … Continue reading

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Celebrating Hanukkah in Historical S.C. Newspapers

There are several interesting articles in historical S.C. newspapers that describe the significance, and interesting history, of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. As you might know, S.C. has a long and proud Jewish heritage. Its first Jewish settlers immigrated to … Continue reading

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This Kid’s Going Places! Strom Thurmond’s Childhood in Historical S.C. Newspapers

Strom Thurmond, the iconic South Carolina politician who lived to 100 years old and who died in 2003 shortly after retiring as United States Senator, was born 109 years ago today. A lot is known about Thurmond’s 75 years in … Continue reading

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5 Tips for Researching African-American History in Chronicling America

Interested in researching African-American history in historical S.C. newspapers, and in other states, in Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers? Within these newspapers, you can find primary source records of African-American lives, African-American owned businesses (owned by both men and women), … Continue reading

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Things that Go Bump in the Night: Ghost Tales Found in Historical S.C. Newspapers

Just had fun searching Halloween-related terms in our newspapers and came up with some fun ghost stories. Have a look. Spectres, Disembodied Spirits, Apparitions, and Ghosts will be found in this compilation of Old World ghost tales, in The daily … Continue reading

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Drum Roll, Please! All 103,352 historical S.C. newspaper pages now online!

All 103,352 newspaper images, and 19 historical S.C. newspapers have been approved and uploaded by the Library of Congress and are now available online in Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers! For the past two years, we here at the South … Continue reading

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Breaking News! Historical South Carolina Newspapers Libguide Now Online

Hello South Carolina History Lovers! We at SCDNP have created an Historical South Carolina Newspapers Libguide and it is now available online. This subject guide will help you find primary sources in the 103,000 pages of historical S.C. newspapers that … Continue reading

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Mama Don’t Dance and Your Daddy Don’t Rock N’ Roll

I happened across several amusing articles in Chronicling America, on the sins of dancing, in 19th century historical South Carolina newspapers. Interestingly, each of these articles was published in the Keowee courier (Pickens, S.C.), in upstate South Carolina over a … Continue reading

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The colorful history of Glenn Springs, South Carolina, 19th century healing springs and summer resort

Passing through the hamlet of Glenn Springs in rural Spartanburg, S.C., today, few would suppose that this remote crossroads was once a thriving hotspot of the summer season in 19th century South Carolina. From 1825 when John B. Glenn opened … Continue reading

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