Chautauqua – Gordon Parks – a free discussion led by E. Richard Walton

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Tuesday March 31at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm FREE

Hughes Main Library, downtown Greenville

A camera was his weapon of choice to use against poverty, racism, and social wrongs. Gordon Parks photographed the poorest of the poor and the richest of the rich. He was a Hollywood and independent filmmaker, pianist, composer, poet, painter, author of three autobiographies and 20 books – and he did it all so well. His photography “The Segregation Story” is on exhibit at the High Museum in Atlanta until June 21.

Info: or 864.244.1499

Hagood Mill Presents “Roots of the Blues”

Displaying Andy Cohen.gifSaturday, April 11, at the Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklife Center

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Hagood Mill is pleased to kick off the 2015 Clemson Blues Festival with a free concert paying tribute to Upcountry South Carolina’s Blues heritage. We are honored to present a performance by Andy Cohen, celebrated blues historian & musician providing a musical walk through the history of the Piedmont Blues in Upcountry South Carolina especially within a 100 mile radius of Greenville. Our own Steve McGaha, South Carolina Heritage Award winner, will also be featured with Andy. You’ll hear the music of some of the greats who started out “busking the blues” on the streets of Greenville and Spartanburg in the 1940s after which they went on to fame in the New York blues scene and folk revival of the 1950s….such musicians as Blind Boy Fuller, Willie Walker “South Carolina Rag”, Sonny Terry, and the fun side of the blues with medicine show performer Pink Anderson and Pegleg Sam. Most of all you’ll hear the intricate guitar stylings of the great Rev. Gary Davis from Laurens, SC.  Listening to Andy play “Oh Glory, How Happy I Am” is like hearing Rev Davis play it himself….a real treat. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy this free concert.

This should be a great event.  So, head on out, enjoy some good old southern cooking prepared by the Gatehouse Restaurant and enjoy a day at the Mill. Show your support for Hagood Mill and Pickens County by joining them at this special second Saturday “Blues” event.  Hagood Mill is located just 3 miles north of Pickens or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 off SC Hwy 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road. Hagood Mill is open Wednesdaythrough Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

“Music in the Mountains 2015 is sponsored by a private benefactor and the kind donations of our visitors”

For additional information, please contact Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or check out our website .

2015 Tour of Homes : Glenn Springs

Join SCHA for a tour of four privately owned homes in the Glenn Springs area:  Foster’s Tavern, Camp Hill, the Thornton Home, and the Moretz Home.  Historic Calvary Episcopal Church will be open and boxed lunches will be available for purchase to benefit Glenn Springs Historical Society.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Call (864) 596-3501 or emailscha@spartanburghistory.orgfor more information.

History on Tap: Commemorating the Woolworth’s Sit-In

growlerhouseJoin Spartanburg County Historical Association Executive Director Caroline Sexton for our History on Tap Lecture SeriesThursday, March 26 from 7-8 p.m. at Growler Haus in Spartanburg. This week we will be discussing the 1960 sit-in at the Spartanburg Woolworth’s and how we can commemorate this significant community event.  Enjoy an enlightening discussion while sipping your favorite beverage from Growler Haus’s copious kegs – there is no admission fee so just bring beer money!

SCHA – Cold War Artifacts Needed for Traveling Trunk Program

SCHA’s Traveling Trunk Program brings history to life for students and groups across the Upstate, but we can’t do it without your help!  We are in need of touchable artifacts from the mid twentieth century that we can include in our Cold War Traveling Trunk.  War memorabilia, clothing, photographs, propaganda, or anything that might help make a physical connection to a little-understood period in American history will be welcome additions.  Please contact Julius Dargan at (864) 591-5596 or with any questions or to make a donation or loan.

SCHA – Lunch & Learn: Spartanburg’s Mid-Century Modern Architecture

Mid-Century Modern buildings – are they boxy and boring, or architectural treasures? What buildings did they replace, and why? Join Spartanburg County Public Libraries Archivist Brad Steineke onFriday, March 27 for a discussion of Spartanburg’s twentieth century edifices in the March edition of our monthly Lunch & Learn lecture series. After this, you may see that old office building in a new light!

Lunch & Learns are held in the Callie and John Rainey Conference Room in the west wing of Chapman Cultural Center.

Catered lunches will be available through Palmetto Palate, reserved in advance through our gift shop. Tickets and a limited number of lunches will be available at the door.

Friday, March 27
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

$5/ticket only; FREE/SCHA Members

$15/ticket and sandwich or salad box (includes beverage and dessert)

Reserve tickets by clicking here or by calling Spartanburg Regional History Museum at (864) 596-3501 Tuesday-Friday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

ACM Lunch and Learn

March 24 at noon. Bring a bag lunch.

Join the Anderson County Museum (ACM) Curator Alison Hinman on the 4th

Tuesday of each month at noon and learn something about history! On March 24th the Curator’s Lunch and Learn will feature holiday postcards from the ACM collection. Included in the talk will be a short discussion on the historic changes made to postcards and how these alterations can help you date them.

Beginning in April and throughout the summer months the Lunch and Learn will concentrate on the downtown area and historic buildings. The April 28th Lunch and Learn will focus on the commercial buildings of North Main Street up to Greenville Street. Make sure you bring a bag lunch!


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