Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Heritage Library Foundation, Inc.

  • Hilton Head Island, SC
  • http://www.heritagelib.org

Mission Statement

The Heritage Library Foundation is established to promote and preserve local history and the study of genealogy. The Foundation's mission includes:Maintaining the Heritage Library, a history and genealogy centerPreserving historic sites: Fort Mitchel and Zion Chapel of Ease CemeteryFacilitating activities that promote the study and enjoyment of history and genealogy

Main Programs

  1. Ancestry Classes
  2. History Programs
  3. Historic Sites Tours
  4. History and Ancestry Research Library
  5. Speakers Series "Hilton Head in the Modern Era"

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Service Areas

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National

Genealogy is a study that can be performed anywhere in the world, so those we service in this field may come from anywhere. Our history department is specifically focused on Hilton Head Island.

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer since 2012

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Ms Linda Piekut

Keywords

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Genealogy, Hilton Head Island History, Family History, Genealogical Research, Military History,Revolutionary and Civil War

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Also Known As

Heritage Library

EIN

58-2332014

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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In 2014, the Heritage Library completed and presented our compilations of Civil War research on Hilton Head Island. This research has genealogical impact to all descendants all over the country. In addition, the library also initiated a speakers series with Coastal Discovery Museum with emphasis on Hilton Head Island development years. Our total attendance in 2014 was 535 people. Lastly, a weekly history program was initiated that drew 650 people to the library over the year to hear about different aspects of Hilton Head Island history. The total number of people in attendance at these talks has exceeded that figure in the first half of 2015.For 2015, the library took the lead on History Day 2015, which attracted over 1200 visitors and residents to view 13 historic sites on bus and self-guided tours of the north end of the island. We are also continuing our speakers series this year, hoping to top the number of people who attended last year, and our in-house history programs have drawn more people through May than we did all last year. We will continue this program through the summer by partnering with the timeshare vacation rental properties on the island. In November, 2015, we will initiate a first-ever Hilton Head Island book fair to highlight lowcountry authors and themes for which we have over 30 authors committed. This program is co-sponsored by the Island Writers' Network.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Ancestry Classes

A variety of ancestry classes are offered twice per year to members and non-members on every phase of genealogy research and on our on-line subscription databases.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

500.00

Program 2

History Programs

History programs primarily on the people or history of Hilton Head Island are given both on and off-site. The programs include information on the historic sites of Hilton Head Island, the early explorers of the island, the women who were important in the history of the island, the Gullah culture, and the history of Mitchelville.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Budget

500.00

Program 3

Historic Sites Tours

The Heritage Library owns two historic properties on Hilton Head Island, Ft. Mitchel-a civil war fort and Zion Cemetery and Baynard Mausoleum-final resting place of 4 Revolutionary War soldiers and members of the colonial era planters families. The library volunteers provide weekly tours of Ft. Mitchel March through November. Talks on Zion cemetery are included in the Osher Lifelong Learning program and in a program that we present to the various civic organizations on the island. Starting in the fall, we will be doing weekly tours there, as well.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)

Blacks

Budget

$125.00

Program 4

History and Ancestry Research Library

The Heritage Library is a premier ancestry library with books, online databases, CDs, surname files and collections, and expert genealogists on staff to aid our patrons.Our history department researches the history of the island and its people and delivers the information through presentations at the library and through a speakers bureau for organizations throughout the lowcountry. Our wonderful research volunteers transcribe early Hilton Head records from microfilm and documents to create electronic versions that can be uploaded to our website to make them available to the larger audience.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$81,000.00

Program 5

Speakers Series "Hilton Head in the Modern Era"

In addition to the history programs offered by our history department, the Heritage Library also sponsors, with Coastal Discovery Museum, a series of speakers on topics of interest to the broader community. In 2014 the focus was on the development years of the island from 1955 to 1990, so the speakers were people who developed the modern communities and who influenced the events of the era. In 2015, we are offering a series on perspectives of Hilton Head in the Modern Era by people who are current influences on the development of the island.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other

Population(s) Served

Adults

Budget

$10,425.00

Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    To grow as a first-class genealogy library.
    To document and deliver Hilton Head Island's history through lectures, Island History Day, and a an exceptional website.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    The genealogy library currently offers four subscription databases for its patrons, and would like to add one more that will focus on English and Irish Origins.

    The history of the island is researched and delivered through a variety of means:
    - Island History Day was introduced in 2013 as a part of the island-wide 350/30 Celebration, and the Town of Hilton Head Island has requested that we continue the focus on history in 2014.
    - Our research into the original inhabitants of Mitchelville, the only freed-slave, self-governed village created during the Civil War has led to a collaboration with Clemson University, and the attention of ancestry.com.
    - Our volunteers are currently developing a curriculum on island history based upon our research on Mitchelville.
    - Our research into the Civil War soldiers who have died on Hilton Head will add to the body of knowledge.
    - Our documentation of the freed slaves who enlisted in the 21st United States Colored Troop Regiment on Hilton Head Island will provide a link from the current native islanders to their Civil War ancestors.
    - Our focus in 2014 on the Modern Development Years on Hilton Head Island has resulted in the planning of a Speakers' Series highlighting those people who have been influential in the development of the island.
    - Our updated website will become the repository for all things Hilton Head History: People, Places, and Events.

    Lastly, we are focusing on making physical improvements to our historic property, Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery and the Baynard Mausoleum. This cemetery is the only pre-Revolutionary War planters cemetery on the island, and the Baynard Mausoleum is the oldest extant building on the island.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    The Heritage Library has a total of 55 volunteers, all of whom are engaged in either genealogy or history research. Three of the volunteers are DAR or SAR lineage researchers, one is a past-president of the National Genealogy Society, many have specialties in specific ethnic research.

    In addition, many of the volunteers are transcribing or researching historical records to add to the body of knowledge available in the library about the history of Hilton Head Island.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Each of our strategies are aimed at specific goals, either of increasing our library usage, our library visibility, or the actual, physical improvements to our historic sites.

    The Civil War projects will lead to additional information on our website. The added online databases will increase the flow of traffic into the library.

    The improvements to the cemetery will enhance our visitors' experience.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Our Mitchelville research has so far identified 550 of what we believe were the original 1500 inhabitants and is ongoing.

    Our documentation of the soldiers who died on Hilton Head Island has identified approximately 200 of 800 whose identities were lost when they were moved to Beaufort National Cemetery after the war.

    Our research into the 21st USCT Regiment will result in a book of those soldiers' stories, as told from their pension applications.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

Genealogy is a study that can be performed anywhere in the world, so those we service in this field may come from anywhere. Our history department is specifically focused on Hilton Head Island.

Funding Needs

1. Operating Funds: As with all non-profits, our biggest need is operating funds. Our rent is $48,000 per year, so the first half of any money we bring in goes out in rent. This prevents us from moving forward to hire paid staff, which is a necessary component of a successful organization. The library has two distinct missions: to run and staff a premier genealogy library, and to research, preserve, and present Hilton Head Island history. 2. Staffing: The corporation needs a full-time paid Executive Director and administrative staff to ensure that the board priorities are fulfilled. The genealogy library needs a part-to full-time head librarian to staff and train volunteers in the library and to create policy positions to govern the library procedures. The cost of these three full-time positions would be in excess of $100,000. 3. Staff training: Administrative training, genealogy staff training, history department training4. Additional strong board members5. Additional volunteers to man off days of Wednesday and Saturday

Affiliations + Memberships

National Trust For Historic Preservation

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Principal Officer

Ms Linda Piekut

BIO

Retired as Project Manager and Consultant at Electronic Data Systems. As Project Manager, responsible for the performance of 4 separate departments for a total of 44 people. Also as a Project Manager, responsible for a team of 10 software developers and 3 production support individuals. As Consultant, responsible for a study of business processes within a corporate software development system.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"The Heritage Library is a premier genealogy research center, and the only one between Savannah and Charleston. We are fortunate to have many experienced genealogists amongst our staff, including two DAR and one SAR registrars. In addition, the Heritage Library has, as its mission, to preserve and present Hilton Head Island History. The Library owns two historic properties, Ft. Mitchel, a Civil War earthenwork battery and the Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery, an antebellum historic site and offers tours and talks at the sites to emphasize those two eras in Hilton Head history."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Ludwig Benfante President

Heritage Library Foundation, Inc

Term: Feb 2015 - Jan 2016

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