New State Documents for September

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We received several fine documents from the state agencies over the past month! We have circulating copies of these described below:

Native American archaeology: working backward, moving forward. SC Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology, USC. Each year the Institute produces a large, colorful poster for South Carolina Archaeology Month. Trouble is—showing only the front would hide the treasure of information that the back holds! This year the front shows Native Americans, both ancient and present. The back provides a brief history of Native Americans in South Carolina and then gives details of several archaeological and anthropological activities across the state, attempting to document that history. Dr. DePratter claims there are 13,000 Native Americans currently living in the state; the number is close to that of the population before Europeans arrived in the 16th century. Photos of artifacts, native dress, and archeological groups are included on the back.

South Carolina Geology (volume 46 2008) SC Department of Natural Resources. If you enjoyed the poster described above, check out the current issue of South Carolina Geology, published by SCDNR. The issue has 3 articles on research related to South Carolina. Color photos, drawings, and geologic maps accompany the articles.

SCDNR has sent over several other publications, including Little Pee Dee Scenic River Management Plan and a short brochure on Commercial Fur Harvest Regulations 2008-2009.

Outdoor Adventures and State Historic Sites are two brochures from South Carolina Parks, Recreation, and Tourism on our state parks. While they fold up to pocket-size (for easy access in a glove compartment or backpack), they open up to full-page size and feature charts of the state park offerings, a map, details of activities or other highlights, and contact information for each park. Beautifully illustrated! You can check out one of our copies, or contact the agency (803) 734-0156.

Directory of alcohol and other drug abuse services in South Carolina 2006-2007 SC Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services.This directory is the current one available from the agency and is a county by county listing of public and private treatment and prevention providers. Included are several appendices for specific services. It is also available in electronic format from the State Library catalog and on the agency website.

A Teacher’s guide to African American historic places in South Carolina 2008 SC Department of Archives & History. This publication complements an earlier Archives publication, African American Historic Places in South Carolina and serves as a standard- based resource for the classroom. The emphasis is on transformative education: preparing students to become more engaged and better-informed citizens who respect, understand, and are equipped to function in our multicultural society. The book correlates sites to standard indicators and details time periods, teaching activities, lesson plans, places to visit, internet resources, and indices. There is also a page explaining how to interpret the entries. A CD component is included.

Vital and Morbidity Statistics 2005 v. 1 and 2, South Carolina Teen Pregnancy Data book 1995-2005 SC Department of Health and Environmental Control. These are the newest volumes in this very important collection of information on the condition of health and death of South Carolinians in 2005. There are some encouraging trends toward better health in all of us, but some truly alarming rates for teen pregnancies. The agency is required to report these statistics for both state and federal officials and these volumes contain a wealth of information. County level statistics are available for most topics.