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Unfortunately this may be too late, but these first two events take place October 15th!

Celebrating the Seays: A Seay Family Reunion & Genealogy Day

October 15, 2011, 10:00-4:00
106 Darby Road, Spartanburg, SC; or 864-596-3501
Donations encouraged. Picnics welcome!

All Seay descendants, cousins, and friends are invited to come on this special day to learn some genealogy research tips, meet family, and share stories and a picnic. At 1:00 pm, Debra Hutchins, Local History Librarian, will share tips and tricks for traditional and online genealogy research. Copies of the Seay & Related Families Genealogy will be available for purchase and to update for a 2nd edition. Drinks will also be available for purchase. Bring a picnic blanket or chairs to relax the day away at The Seay House, Spartanburg’s oldest home. Located at 106 Darby Road just off Crescent Avenue, this home showcases the dwelling of a local farmstead managed and maintained by three maiden Seay sisters in the late 1800s. If it’s rainy, we’ll step inside, so don’t let the weather stop you from joining us! This home showcases the dwelling of a local farmstead managed and maintained by three maiden Seay sisters in the late 1800s.

The Seay House is open by appointment year-round and on the 3rd Saturday of the summer months except July. The Seay House is one of 3 historic homes maintained by the Spartanburg County Historical Association.

Also on the 15th!

2011 Pacolet Indian Summer Festival – Saturday, October 15 in Pacolet, SC

Events run through the day from 9:30 AM until after 3PM.

In Columbia, a Lunch and Learn at the Archives and History Center:

Join us on Wednesday, October 19th

The program begins at noon at the Archives and History Center / 8301 Parklane Road / Columbia, SC

To Begin The World For Themselves: The Civil War on the Beaufort District Sea Islands
(The title comes from a quotation by Maj. Gen. Ormsby M. Mitchel, shortlived commander of the Department of the South, describing his hope that the freedmen at Mitchelville on Hilton Head would eventually be able to “with industrious habits, with religious instruction, with correct moral views and sentiments, with minds properly trained to self-dependence, they may elect their own homes if they so choose, and begin the world for themselves.)

Just bring yourself, your lunch, your colleagues and your friends for an educational and engaging experience!

Contact the SC Archives and History Foundation at 803-896-6124 or with questions or visit us online at

Also in Columbia, the South Carolina Museum will be hosting the Fall Heritage Festival & Pickin’ Party
NOVEMBER 5, 2011
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
It’s the State Museum’s annual autumn tradition— the Fall Heritage Festival & Pickin’ Party! With mouth-watering barbecue on the menu, some of the best of South Carolina’s musical and traditional folk art talent and the national treasure that is topiary artist Pearl Fryar, guests will enjoy a day filled with fall activities for the whole family—plus a new evening event, Moonshine and Muscadines, highlighting more of South Carolina’s bountiful heritage.

Not an event, but a bit of news to pass along, the Charleston Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society has a facebook page

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