Heritage Library Foundation, Inc.
852 William Hilton Parkway, Suite 2A
Hilton Head Island SC 29928
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Heritage Library
Address 852 William Hilton Parkway, Suite 2A
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Telephone (843) 686-6560
Fax (843) 686-6506
E-mail info@heritagelib.org
Projected Annual Revenue $200,000.00 (2017)
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 center
  • Preserving historic sites: Fort Mitchel and Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery
  • Facilitating activities that promote the study and enjoyment of history and genealogy
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Ms Linda Piekut
Board Chair Mr. Ludwig Benfante President
Board Chair Company Affiliation Heritage Library Foundation, Inc
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1997
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Statements
Mission

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 center
  • Preserving historic sites: Fort Mitchel and Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery
  • Facilitating activities that promote the study and enjoyment of history and genealogy
Background  The Heritage Library is a comprehensive history and genealogy research facility located on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The Library holds a collection of over 6000 bound volumes, and numerous rolls of microfilm. The Library focuses on computer technology and to make the largest amount of information available to its patrons. We offer four subscription databases, one of which is available to our premier members from our website.  The Foundation is active in the field of historic preservation and education.  It owns and manages two major island historic sites, the Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery dating from the 1780s and the ruins of Fort Mitchel, a Civil War Union Battery on Skull Creek built in 1862. The library offers first-class ancestry support to our patrons, and our history department researches, documents, and presents the history of the island.
Impact

The Heritage Library completed and presented our compilations of Civil War research on Hilton Head Island, and published a book, They Served, about the stories of the United States Colored Troops on Hilton Head Island.  This research has genealogical impact to all descendants all over the country.   The library History Department that has grown and developed a weekly history program that has grown from 650 to 1400 people coming to the library to hear about different aspects of Hilton Head Island history.  The department has established relationships with several timeshares on the island as well local service and social organizations to present Hilton Head Island history as a speakers' bureau.

The library, with Coastal Discovery Museum and many island history partners, presents a yearly History Day, which attracts over 500 visitors and residents to guided trolley and bike tours,
 
The library owns two historic properties, and offers weekly living history tours of the properties.  We attract 200 - 300 visitors per year to these tours.
 
Needs

1. Operating Funds: As with all non-profits, our biggest need, as with most non-profits is operating funds. Since the staff is all-volunteer, no savings can be made by cutting staff.  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: While our volunteers are dedicated and perform over and above our expectations, the corporation cannot continue to success without paid staff.  The business needs a full-time paid Chief Executive 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 training
4.  Additional strong board members
5.  Additional volunteers to allow us to open on Wednesdays 
CEO/Executive Director Statement

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 among 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 earthworks 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.
Board Chair Statement   The Heritage Library is a vibrant, all-volunteer, non-profit organization that is dedicated to:
  1. Educating people about the wonderful history of Hilton Head Island

  2. Preserving two of the island’s historic sites (Fort Mitchel and the Zion Cemetery which includes the Baynard Mausoleum, which is the oldest structure on the island)

  3. Providing assistance and resources to help people research and discover their family histories

  4. Using our skills in genealogical research to help us with our historical research projects

As President of the Heritage Library’s Board of Directors and also as its History Department Chairman, I am dedicated to educating people about the island’s history, promoting its historic sites, and collaborating with other organizations to get this message across. It disturbs me terribly that the history of Mitchelville, the first self-governing town of former slaves in the United States, founded in 1862 by General Ormsby Mitchel, is not taught in South Carolina’s schools. The library formed a curriculum committee that has created lesson plans and links to photos and other data which we placed on our website. We hosted an in-service meeting of Beaufort County Public School teachers to make them aware that these lesson plans were available and how they can access and use them in their classes. 

Our recent successes include being named Hilton Head Island’s Organization of the Year for 2013 by the Chamber of Commerce, and our inclusion in a USA Today article as one of Ten Great Places to Trace Family Roots. The library was named a Facility on the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and a partner of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. Our Civil War research resulted in a compilation of several databases naming the people who lived or died on Hilton Head during the war. These included the names of over 650 residents of Mitchelville. We also presented data on the names of 300 members of the 21st Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops which was founded on Hilton Head Island during the Civil War and the names of over 2,000 soldiers who died on Hilton Head Island during the Civil War.  The U.S. Colored Troop research allowed the library to publish a book, They Served, the stories of the soldiers with connections to Hilton Head.

We are constantly faced with financial obstacles as we depend on memberships, programs, donations, and grants for our support. 

Our biggest challenge at this time is the preservation and restoration of the Baynard Mausoleum which dates back to 1846 and is an architectural gem according to Professor Thomas Taylor of the Savannah College of Art and Design. We would also like to create an educational experience at the cemetery and have provided an area where classes could be taught on site. We have launched a capital campaign to raise the money needed to restore the mausoleum and other areas of the cemetery. Any and all help would be appreciated.

Thank you. 

Lou Benfante

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments The Heritage Library is a vibrant, all-volunteer, non-profit organization that is dedicated to:
  1. Educating people about the wonderful history of Hilton Head Island

  2. Preserving two of the island’s historic sites (Fort Mitchel and the Zion Cemetery which includes the Baynard Mausoleum, which is the oldest structure on the island)

  3. Providing assistance and resources to help people research and discover their family histories

  4. Using our skills in genealogical research to help us with our historical research projects

As President of the Heritage Library’s Board of Directors and also as its History Department Chairman, I am dedicated to educating people about the island’s history, promoting its historic sites, and collaborating with other organizations to get this message across. It disturbs me terribly that the history of Mitchelville, the first self-governing town of former slaves in the United States, founded in 1862 by General Ormsby Mitchel, is not taught in South Carolina’s schools. The library formed a curriculum committee that has created lesson plans and links to photos and other data which we placed on our website. We hosted an in-service meeting of Beaufort County Public School teachers to make them aware that these lesson plans were available and how they can access and use them in their classes.

Our recent successes include being named Hilton Head Island’s Organization of the Year for 2013 by the Chamber of Commerce, and our inclusion in a USA Today article as one of Ten Great Places to Trace Family Roots. The library was named a Facility on the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and a partner of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. Our Civil War research resulted in a compilation of several databases naming the people who lived or died on Hilton Head during the war. These included the names of over 650 residents of Mitchelville. We also presented data on the names of 300 members of the 21st Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops which was founded on Hilton Head Island during the Civil War and the names of over 2,000 soldiers who died on Hilton Head Island during the Civil War. The U.S. Colored Troop research allowed the library to publish a book, They Served, the stories of the soldiers with connections to Hilton Head.

We are constantly faced with financial obstacles as we depend on memberships, programs, donations, and grants for our support.

Our biggest challenge at this time is the preservation and restoration of the Baynard Mausoleum which dates back to 1846 and is an architectural gem according to Professor Thomas Taylor of the Savannah College of Art and Design. We would also like to create an educational experience at the cemetery and have provided an area where classes could be taught on site. We have launched a capital campaign to raise the money needed to restore the mausoleum and other areas of the cemetery. Any and all help would be appreciated.

Thank you.

Lou Benfante

 

Areas of Service
Area
Throughout the United States
Beaufort County

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.  The library has opened a branch in Beaufort, SC, expanding our genealogy library role to all of Beaufort County.

Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Ludwig Benfante President
Company Affiliation Heritage Library Foundation, Inc
Term Feb 2015 to Jan 2018
Email loubenfante@yahoo.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Mr. Ludwig(Lou) Benfante Heritage Library Foundation
Mr. Alex Brown Camp Hilton Head
Ms. Nancy M Burke Heritage Library Foundation
Mr. Ezra (Cal) Callahan Community Volunteer
Mr. Peter Cooper Heritage Library Foundation
Ms. Allison Diercks Berry & Carr Attorneys
Mr. Harry Eschenbach Community Volunteer
Ms. Linda Piekut Heritage Library Foundation
Dr. Barrett Riordan Retired
Mr. James Robinson JYR Architects
Ms Luana Graves Sellars Ronald Coleman Enterprises
Ms. Sarah Takacs Keller Williams Realty
Mr. Richard Thomas Legacy Leadership of the Lowcountry
Ms. Iva R Welton Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 8
Female 6
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % 90%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 86%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 100%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Administration
Capital Campaign
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Additional Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mr. William Altstaetter Founder
Dr. Emory Campbell Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor
Mr. Earl Cooler Community Volunteer
Mr. Edward Dowaschinski Community Volunteer
Mr. Norman Harberger Community Volunteer
Ms. Natalie Hefter Coastal Discovery Museum
Dr. J. Brent Morris University of South Carolina, Beaufort
Dr. Robert Peeples Hilton Head Historical Society
Ms. Gail Quick Community Volunteer
Dr. Larry Rowland Professor Emeritus, USCB
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
  The Heritage Library is a vibrant, all-volunteer, non-profit organization that is dedicated to:
  1. Educating people about the wonderful history of Hilton Head Island

  2. Preserving two of the island’s historic sites (Fort Mitchel and the Zion Cemetery which includes the Baynard Mausoleum, which is the oldest structure on the island)

  3. Providing assistance and resources to help people research and discover their family histories

  4. Using our skills in genealogical research to help us with our historical research projects

As President of the Heritage Library’s Board of Directors and also as its History Department Chairman, I am dedicated to educating people about the island’s history, promoting its historic sites, and collaborating with other organizations to get this message across. It disturbs me terribly that the history of Mitchelville, the first self-governing town of former slaves in the United States, founded in 1862 by General Ormsby Mitchel, is not taught in South Carolina’s schools. The library formed a curriculum committee that has created lesson plans and links to photos and other data which we placed on our website. We hosted an in-service meeting of Beaufort County Public School teachers to make them aware that these lesson plans were available and how they can access and use them in their classes.

Our recent successes include being named Hilton Head Island’s Organization of the Year for 2013 by the Chamber of Commerce, and our inclusion in a USA Today article as one of Ten Great Places to Trace Family Roots. The library was named a Facility on the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and a partner of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. Our Civil War research resulted in a compilation of several databases naming the people who lived or died on Hilton Head during the war. These included the names of over 650 residents of Mitchelville. We also presented data on the names of 300 members of the 21st Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops which was founded on Hilton Head Island during the Civil War and the names of over 2,000 soldiers who died on Hilton Head Island during the Civil War. The U.S. Colored Troop research allowed the library to publish a book, They Served, the stories of the soldiers with connections to Hilton Head.

We are constantly faced with financial obstacles as we depend on memberships, programs, donations, and grants for our support.

Our biggest challenge at this time is the preservation and restoration of the Baynard Mausoleum which dates back to 1846 and is an architectural gem according to Professor Thomas Taylor of the Savannah College of Art and Design. We would also like to create an educational experience at the cemetery and have provided an area where classes could be taught on site. We have launched a capital campaign to raise the money needed to restore the mausoleum and other areas of the cemetery. Any and all help would be appreciated.

Thank you.

Lou Benfante

 

Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Ms Linda Piekut
Experience
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. As Executive Director of the Heritage Library, I manage 75 volunteers in two locations, organize fund-raising events, meet with members and board members, and oversee the financial health of the organization.
 
 
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Mr. Lou Benfante Chair, History Department
Nancy Burke Head Librarian/Secretary
Peter Cooper Treasurer
Laurette Doscher-Benfante Membership Chairperson
Ms Dee Phillips History Department Co-chair
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 85
Contractors 0
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? No
Organization Policy and Procedures No
Diversity Policy
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Collaborations
The Heritage Library collaborates with all the arts and cultural organizations in Beaufort County through the Arts and Cultural Council of Hilton Head and through the Beaufort County Historical Consortium.  In addition, depending on the program, we partner with all historical organizations on Hilton Head Island, including Coastal Discovery Museum, Mitchelville Preservation Project, Hilton Head Island Open Land Trust, NIBCAA, the Gullah Museum, the Archaeology Society of SC, Hilton Head Branch, and the American Civil War Roundtable.  The Heritage Library is a member of the South Carolina Historical Society and has been recognized as a Facility of the National Park Service National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. The library is also affiliated with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Lifelong Learning of Hilton Head.
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
National Trust For Historic Preservation2015
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
2013 Organization of the YearHilton Head Bluffton Chamber of Commerce2014
Top Ten Great Places to Trace Family RootsUSA Today2014
FacilityNational Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom2016
PartnerGullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor2016
Programs
Description 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.
Budget 500.00
Short Term Success Short-term, we have already exceeded the total number of patrons who attended these lectures in 2014 by the first of June in 2015.
Long Term Success

Our history lectures are our outreach program.  Members of our history department present Hilton Head Island history programs to civic groups and associations, and school groups.  Part of their responsibility as well is developing curriculum for the Beaufort County School District and for the private institutions on the island to highlight the important history of the island.

We also lead tours of Ft. Mitchel, one of our historic properties. 

 Long term, we expect to raise the awareness of the library and our value to the residents and visitors 

Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY Surveys are distributed to the attendees of the history talks to allow them to evaluate the program, and to guide us in improving the talks based on that feedback.
Description

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 and the Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery. 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.  

The library is creating costumes to be used at both sites to change our weekly tours to living history tours. 
Budget 125
Short Term Success

By the end of 2015, we expect to attract 250 people to attend the scheduled tours of the Zion cemetery. We expect that number to double in 2016.

The Ft. Mitchel tours will continue with approximately 500 people per year attending.
 

Long Term Success

The long-term goal of the Zion cemetery focus is to have a restored historical building and an outdoor learning center for adult and children's programming, and to raise awareness of the antebellum period of the island's history.  The tracking mechanism is part of the planned restoration of the site and will give us a clearer picture of the number of random visitors to the site, and we expect the tours will add an additional trackable number of visitors.  We expect the scheduled tours to attract an additional 500 people per year to the site.
 

Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY

 Both of our sites are unmanned, so creative methods are used to track visitors.  Ft. Mitchel is part of Hilton Head Plantation, and the plantation security force keeps a record of the gate passes that are requested for the site.  We assume that there are at least two people per car.  In addition, we know from observation that many of the visitors to the restaurant adjacent to the fort walk through the fort while awaiting a table or after their meal, so we count a percentage of the gate passes for the restaurant, as well.

Zion cemetery presents a different problem.  It is located on a public road and is unmanned, so our only indication of visitors to the site are the number of brochures that disappear from the information box.  We keep track of the number of brochures we print place at the site and assume two people per brochure.
 

Description

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.
Budget 81000
Short Term Success

The volunteers have spent many years documenting the people who were on the island during the Civil War, and those results are coming to an end. As a result of this work, our website sessions have risen 26% this year over the same period last year. 

Long Term Success The goal of the Heritage Library is to become the main repository and resource for Hilton Head Island history, and to maintain our status as one of the "Ten Great Places to Trace Family Roots" (USA Today, January 14, 2014). Much of our research was uploaded to our website over the last year resulting in a 26% increase in the number of user session this year over the same period last year. Our goal will be to add an additional 10% by this time next year.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY

Our program success is measured by our visitor and website statistics.  We measure volunteer hours, visitors to the library and to our historic sites and attendees to all classes and history programs.

Description 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.
Budget 125
Short Term Success Classesarecontinuedbaseduponanevaluationsuppliedbytheattendees.Ifnotsuccessful,theclasswillbediscontinued.
Long Term Success Long Term, the success of these classes is measured by the attendance, year after year.  
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY Writtenevaluationsattheconclusionofeachclass
Description The Heritage Library works with students of the Clemson University Pan-African Studies Department, teaching them ancestry research techniques and oral history techniques to be used on their own ancestry and then with members of the community.  We also introduce them to Mitchelville, Penn Center, and Daufuskie Island, three well-known reconstruction era sites in the Lowcountry.  The purpose of this program is to make them familiar with African-American history in the South.  The students go on to research more historical sites in their own communities.
Budget 0
Short Term Success The Clemson students stay with the program for 1-4 years as an independent study program.  They first practice their new techniques on themselves, and then work with adults from the community to expand their research skills.  At the end of their project, they create a PowerPoint presentation to present what they have learned from the program.
Long Term Success The Heritage Library, working with these students, have found that they have no concept of the history of their race or their own ancestry.  We believe that through this program they will grow in understanding of themselves and their heritage, and use that knowledge to expand their world view, their confidence, and their sense of self.
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY Their final PowerPoint presentations.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2017
Projected Revenue $200,000.00
Projected Expenses $200,000.00
Endowment Value $15,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201620152014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$18,000$5,000$20,000
Government Contributions$46,000$30,000$15,494
Federal------
State------
Local$46,000$30,000$15,494
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions$88,000$52,000$48,624
------
$29,000$28,000$27,289
Investment Income, Net of Losses$1,000($169)$1,266
Membership Dues$20,000$19,000$17,170
Special Events$24,000$23,000$12,319
Revenue In-Kind----$63
Other------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$57,000$86,000$25,729
Administration Expense$14,000$45,000$73,000
Fundraising Expense$51,000$30,000$15,292
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.971.000.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses27%60%19%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue29%27%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$294,000$301,000$311,939
Current Assets$26,000$28,000--
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities----$2,232
Total Net Assets------
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----0.00
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountDonations $88,000Donations $52,000Annual Appeal Donation $17,708
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountPrograms $29,000Earned Revenue $28,000Membership $17,170
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMemberships $20,000Memberships $20,000Heritage Classic Foundation $19,803
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Major restorations to the Baynard mausoleum and expansion of the Zion Chapel of Ease Cemetery into an antebellum learning site.
Goal $440,000
Dates July 2015 to Dec 2018
Amount Raised To Date 100000 as of May 100000
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes Dec 2017
Comments
Organization Comments   The Heritage Library is a vibrant, all-volunteer, non-profit organization that is dedicated to:
  1. Educating people about the wonderful history of Hilton Head Island

  2. Preserving two of the island’s historic sites (Fort Mitchel and the Zion Cemetery which includes the Baynard Mausoleum, which is the oldest structure on the island)

  3. Providing assistance and resources to help people research and discover their family histories

  4. Using our skills in genealogical research to help us with our historical research projects

As President of the Heritage Library’s Board of Directors and also as its History Department Chairman, I am dedicated to educating people about the island’s history, promoting its historic sites, and collaborating with other organizations to get this message across. It disturbs me terribly that the history of Mitchelville, the first self-governing town of former slaves in the United States, founded in 1862 by General Ormsby Mitchel, is not taught in South Carolina’s schools. The library formed a curriculum committee that has created lesson plans and links to photos and other data which we placed on our website. We hosted an in-service meeting of Beaufort County Public School teachers to make them aware that these lesson plans were available and how they can access and use them in their classes.

Our recent successes include being named Hilton Head Island’s Organization of the Year for 2013 by the Chamber of Commerce, and our inclusion in a USA Today article as one of Ten Great Places to Trace Family Roots. The library was named a Facility on the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom and a partner of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor. Our Civil War research resulted in a compilation of several databases naming the people who lived or died on Hilton Head during the war. These included the names of over 650 residents of Mitchelville. We also presented data on the names of 300 members of the 21st Regiment of U.S. Colored Troops which was founded on Hilton Head Island during the Civil War and the names of over 2,000 soldiers who died on Hilton Head Island during the Civil War. The U.S. Colored Troop research allowed the library to publish a book, They Served, the stories of the soldiers with connections to Hilton Head.

We are constantly faced with financial obstacles as we depend on memberships, programs, donations, and grants for our support.

Our biggest challenge at this time is the preservation and restoration of the Baynard Mausoleum which dates back to 1846 and is an architectural gem according to Professor Thomas Taylor of the Savannah College of Art and Design. We would also like to create an educational experience at the cemetery and have provided an area where classes could be taught on site. We have launched a capital campaign to raise the money needed to restore the mausoleum and other areas of the cemetery. Any and all help would be appreciated.

Thank you.

Lou Benfante

 

Nonprofit Heritage Library Foundation, Inc.
Address 852 William Hilton Parkway, Suite 2A
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Primary Phone (843) 686-6560
Contact Email info@heritagelib.org
CEO/Executive Director Ms Linda Piekut
Board Chair Mr. Ludwig Benfante President
Board Chair Company Affiliation Heritage Library Foundation, Inc
Year of Incorporation 1997