Patrons donned white gloves to unearth archival treasures
Locks of hair discovered in Civil War colonel’s notebook
In an unusual fundraising effort, Friends of the Daniel Library found themselves sharing their love for history as they donned white gloves in an archival exploration at The Citadel Archives and Museum.
The new series, which is called an Evening at the Museum, began on Jan. 27 with a history lesson on the Civil War by Maj. Steven Smith. Smith talked about uniforms, books and weapons from the Civil War era before bringing out artifacts which had been in storage.
When a notebook from Col. James Drayton Nance, Class of 1856, who commanded the 3rd S.C. Regiment, was opened, locks of hair from his sisters that he had kept for sentimental value, were discovered.
In the second event, which was held May 18, military historian Kelly DeVries, who holds the history department’s Mark Clark Chair, discussed early spearheads and coins as well as rifles and medals associated with Gen. Mark W. Clark.
Both events took place in the Class of 1990 Museum Reading Room, a state-of-the-art room overlooking the parade ground that was designed to support special events related to the understanding of institutional history.
“We are grateful to the Class of 1990 for giving us an elegant, signature space to tell The Citadel story through images, artifacts and collections,” said Interim Director of Library Services Elizabeth Connor.
Proceeds from the series will be used for training staff in the latest in archival preservation techniques.
Future white glove events will be announced on the Friends of the Daniel Library site.