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UHM – History After Dark: Comics – From Childhood Treasure to Modern Marvel

Explore the connection between American history and popular comic heroes with Rob Young of Borderlands Comics. Learn how collectible comics have become a valuable modern day treasure.
Wednesday, October 15
Wednesday, October 29
Wednesday, November 12
7:00-8:30 pm

UHM – Opening Day: Treasure!

Check out the newest traveling exhibit to visit the Upcountry History Museum. Explore the history of treasures and treasure hunting in this hands-on exhibit that is perfect for visitors of all ages. This exhibited is presented by GreenWood, Inc.
Saturday, October 11
10:00 am-5:00 pm

UHM – Family Fun Day

Sunday, October 5 from 1:00-4:00 pm
Celebrate the changing temperature and colorful leaves with the whole family at the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University! Enjoy an afternoon filled with crafts, stories, and special guest, Stephanie Hunt, author of the Tails on the Trail children’s book series.

Pickens County Museum of Art & History Pastel Workshop


Learn Soft on Wet Pastel Techniques in Erin Cronin-Webb’s October 25 Workshop


The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is pleased to announce that registration is now open for Erin Cronin-Webb’sOctober 25th pastel workshop exploring the magic that happens when you apply soft pastels to wet unprimed canvas!


Saturday October 25:   “Pushing Pastel” 9:30 a.m. until 4:00 the Liz Smith Cox Educational Studio at the Pickens County Museum of Art and History, 307 Johnson Street, Pickens SC 29671. In this workshop artist Erin Cronin-Webb will share with you the methods and tricks involved when applying soft pastels to wet unprimed canvas.  This technique achieves the spontaneity that helps create exciting and beautiful images by opening up complex, jewel-like colors from the pastel pigments, and encourages a looser, more expressive style of artwork.  As an added bonus, when the canvas dries, the image is fixed and does not need to be framed under glass.  Whether your goal is to paint a breathtaking landscape, still life or abstracts, working wet will give you luminous images not usually associated with pastel paintings. Students can bring their own reference photos or choose from Erin’s collection. Come join the fun! Students will need to bring their own pastels, small sketch pad, pencil and pastel paper for practice exercises.  Canvas will be provided for a finished piece. Tuition for the workshop is $88.00($78.00 for museum members).


Pre-registration is required for all workshops and you may register on-line at, in person, or by calling the Pickens County Museum at (864) 898-5963. Tuition may be paid by cash, check or charge.  Make check payable to the Pickens County Museum or call the Museum to use your Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express.  Workshops will be held at the Pickens County Museum, 307 Johnson Street in Pickens. Full Tuition must be paid before session. Students will be notified if a workshop is cancelled or filled. If cancelled, all tuition will be reimbursed to registered student. No tuition will be reimbursed after date of this workshop.


For Erin Webb, it is the Journey that has made the artist.  Like her Celtic ancestors, she has wandered much, always exploring new ideas, new images and new passions. As each new experience became part of her life, so it became part of her expression as an artist.  From the beautiful images of herons and egrets of the Low Country, to the wildlife of the Rocky Mountains, to the faces and lives of people she has captured, and to the enduring relationship between man and dog, all are reflections of her and her personal  journey. While she has worked in all mediums, her true love is for pastel, and the elegance and softness it lends to all subject matter.  Erin is renowned for her portraits of dogs which capture not only their physical likeness, but the spirit and soul within the animal. Erin has recently hosted a one-woman show at the Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville, SC, which was also a fund-raiser for Foothills Search and Rescue. She has been a past exhibitor in the prestigious Greenwich Village Art Show in New York. She has conducted numerous workshops in Pastel and Portraiture and is a member of The American Society of Portrait Artists, The Southeastern Pastel Society and a member of the Artists Guild Gallery of Greenville. Her works are in private and corporate collections throughout the United States, Asia and Europe. Today her time is spent between painting, training her German Shepherds and competing in obedience trials.


Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens SC, the Pickens County Museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. To register, or for more information please contact the museum at (864) 898-5963.

Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival 2014

John with banjoThirteenth Annual Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival

Saturday October 18, 2014 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)



Pickens County invites you to a special, and free, day of milling, stories, tall tales and lots of memories at the Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center. The Mill will be operating, rain or shine, on Saturday, October 18th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.


As part of Hagood Mill’s “Music in the Mountains” series, the celebration of tradition will continue on this day at the “Thirteenth Annual Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival.” The hills around the old mill will echo with the whispers, howls ‘n hollers of some of the Southeast’s best storytellers sharing bits about all sorts of folks, funnies, cultures and places.


Returning again to host is Hagood Mill’s storyteller-in-residence, author, musician and 2013 State Heritage Award recipient, Johnny Fowler. From the rolling hills of upstate South Carolina with family ties to the western North Carolina Mountains, John’s storytelling is a blast of old-time energy of yesteryear introducing traditional yarns and folktales from the Carolina region. Those Appalachian family ties run deep in John, which in turn creates his friendly and energetic personality. He also is an old-time mountain banjo and harmonica master, and plays several other traditional instruments, occasionally blending them into his programs. John’s stories and old-time songs geared for audiences young and old, are stepping stones of history and southern culture. John will be performing at the Exchange Place at the National Storytelling Festival. Most recently John authored the biography of George Mullins, an African American folk hero and street performer from Upcountry South Carolina known as “Trotting Sally”. The reviews have been outstanding!  John is also a researcher, collector, preservationist and writer as well as the host of an old time radio show on NC public radio station WNCW 88.7 FM.


Cora Newcomb lives in the charming seaside village of Beaufort, South Carolina. Her life reads like a modern-day-action novel; her stories reflect chapters from her life along with inspirational stories, historical tales and ghost tales that make the imagination burn.

Cora began spinning tales to her daughter and then throughout the Low country – weaving magic with hypnotizing yarns. She tells stories to entertain, to educate, and pass on cultural heritage but most of all because she loves the joy of telling tales.  Her dad likes to say, in an unbelievable voice, “I used to spank your butt for telling stories and now folks come from all around just to listen – it’s amazing!!”


Author/Storyteller/Playwright Linda Goodman, an Appalachian Mountain native of Melungeon descent, performs her stories nationwide. She has been published in the Chicken Soup and Stories for the Heart Series.  Her one-woman show and book,Daughters of the Appalachians has also been performed by theater companies in California, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Virginia. Her writing workshops teach story creation and the interviewing process.

Both of Linda’s CDs, Bobby Pins and Jessie and Other Stories, have won multiple Storytelling World Winner Awards.


Old School Duo

Leon and Marshall James started singing at an early age with their older brother Albert and father A.B. James. Leon was only five and Marshall was seven. They learned harmony through DO-RE-ME singing, a kind of shape note singing. They joined other family members singing at church gatherings and social events. In high school they sang with the Agriculture Quartet which won them a number of trophies, ribbons and prizes. They also performed with the Holy Tone Quartet. The brothers are from Lyman, South Carolina. Their music represents an old-school style of singing that dates back to antebellum days featuring rich harmonies of call-and-response, shouts and praise all sung in an old time acapella style. Since 2002 Leon and Marshall have been calling themselves the “Old School Duo”. They have been featured at churches, festivals, and gatherings throughout the region, also including on the Carnival Glory Ship in South America (Belize).

Come and enjoy!


There will be lots to see on October 18th as Hagood Mill hosts a variety of folk life and traditional arts demonstrations.  There will be blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint knapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basket-making, pottery, quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, woodcarving, metal-smithing, leather-working, bee keeping, and more! You can ask questions of the artists and make a purchase of their Traditional Arts to take home.

The Centerpiece of the Hagood Mill historic site is the water-powered 1845 gristmill. It is one of the finest examples of nineteenth century technology in the Upcountry and operates just as it has for the last century-and-a-half…the mill will be running throughout the day. In the old mill, fresh stone-ground corn meal, grits and wheat flour will be available.  In addition rye flour, Basmati rice flour, oat flour, oatmeal, popping corn meal, and grits, organic yellow corn meal and grits, and buckwheat flour are produced and may be available.  Hagood Mill cookbooks and a variety of other mill related items are also available.

There promises to be lots to do and lots of fun! So, head on out, grab a plate of great food on site from the Gatehouse Restaurant and enjoy a special day at the Hagood Mill.

The Hagood Mill historic site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm all year long. The Mill operates, rain or shine, for a special festival the third Saturday of every month.

The Hagood Mill is located just 3 miles north of Pickens off Highway 178 or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11off Highway 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road.

“Music in the Mountains 2014” is sponsored by a private benefactor. For additional information, please contact the Hagood Mill at(864) 898-2936 or check out our website at

-”…a man is always a teller of tales, he lives surrounded by his stories and the stories of others, he sees everything that happens to him through them; and he tries to live his life as if he were telling a story.” ...Jean-Paul Sartre

Upcountry History Museum – Furman University Joins Vietnam War Commemorative Partners Program

The Upcountry History Museum – Furman University is proud to announce that it has been selected by the U.S. Department of Defense as an official partner with the Vietnam War Commemorative Partners Program.

Through this partnership, the Museum joins communities and organizations nationwide as part of the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary to thank and honor our Vietnam Veterans and their families for their service, valor, and sacrifice.

“The Upcountry History Museum is proud to have been selected to participate in The United States Vietnam War Commemoration,” said Dana Thorpe, executive director for the Museum. “The Museum will join organizations throughout the country in thanking and honoring our Vietnam Veterans and their families to include those who lost loved ones during the war and those families still awaiting the fullest possible accounting of their loved one.”

Through 2017, the Museum will host commemorative events and programs that highlight the service of the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War and pay tribute to the contributions made by the military, those on the home front, and allies of the United States. Each of these events and programs will be dignified and show the sensitivity and appreciation for the solemnity of war and the losses suffered by so many.

The Museum will begin its tribute on October 25, 2014 with the opening of a new exhibit, The Vietnam War Through the Eyes of Combat Artist John Steel. The exhibit, developed in conjunction with the U.S. Navy and Naval History & Heritage Command will remain on display through January 4, 2015.

The Upcountry History Museum – Furman University is located at 540 Buncombe Street, Greenville, SC. To learn more about the Museum’s upcoming exhibits, hours of operation, programs, and related events, go to For more about the Vietnam War Commemoration Program and to see upcoming Commemorative Partner events, visit

Textile Heritage Festival


Sat, Oct 4, 10:00a-5:00p
Sun, Oct 5, 2:00p-5:00p
Hughes Main Library, Meeting Rooms A-C

Save these dates and join us for the Greenville Textile Heritage Society’s 8th Annual Festival. Learn how Greenville was shaped by its textile mill industry. Hear about community life in mill villages and textile league baseball teams and explore exhibits of photographs and documents. Enjoy music from the Greenville Textile Heritage Band, singer Kay Crow, harpist Rahab Hackett, and local chorale groups.


Designed to create a lasting record of the economic and cultural impact of the textile industry, Weaving Our History is made possible with a grant from The Humanities Council of South Carolina, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.





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