Dorchester County Archives & History Center is a non-profit organization chartered in 2014.

“History is Perishable”

               The DHA&HC believes that the best way to care for the past is to tend to our future. Rather than perpetually reaching back in time, it is the mission of the DCA&HC to “preserve today for tomorrow” by redefining the effort of preservation as a future-oriented, proactive set of behaviors engineered to intelligently and continually weave our values, stories, lands, and culture into the fabric of future growth.

 

Mission  - Preserve today for tomorrow.

Our mission is to preserve the county’s heritage for future generations through innovative leadership, education, and programs.

Vision – Every man woman and child mentally and emotionally engaged in the effort of preservation.          

We believe that the stories of the people and places of Dorchester County should not be lost. We want families to document their roots and we want to interpret how our county has developed. We will base our public programs on research and documentation. We believe history is inclusive and will strive to keep a diverse Board of Directors and offer programs that appeal to all citizens. We will provide preservation oriented education and engagement opportunities and assistance to the people of Dorchester Co. by working with and through existing organizations and institutions.

Values 

  • Our Stories

o   We will strive to preserve a record of the past in the absence of written histories.

  • Our Families

o   We will document and preserve the past for future generations and carve out a place for one’s family in the larger historical picture.

  • Our Land

o   We will provide a historical overview of how Dorchester County has evolved in terms of land use and provide a sense of how future planning can continue to preserve our lands.

  • Our Culture

o   We know that every person has different life experiences. We want to focus on the positive impact each culture contributed to the development of Dorchester County.

  • Our Future

o   Story-telling passes knowledge, values, and skills from one generation to the next.

Learning local history helps children build connections to their community. Similarly, the only way we can understand others is by studying their past. We will provide opportunities for the community to engage in systematically archiving and retelling the story of Dorchester Co.


BACKGROUND

The DCA&HC was chartered in March 2014 and moved into the Historic Dorchester County Courthouse in May 2015. Digitizing efforts began in June and there are now over 20,000 documents digitized for researchers.  Due to the outpouring of support and many donations, there are still tens of thousands to digitize!

Located in the Old County Courthouse at 101 Ridge Street, Saint George, South Carolina 29477