Each year for the last twelve years, the WebbCraft Family Foundation has supported Heritage Days at the Depot. Their patronage allows Anderson School District 2 students to attend the event free of charge.
“We truly appreciate their ensuring this event can be held so that students and our community can learn firsthand about the skills and artistry of our ancestors,” said organizer Alison Darby.
Heritage Days at the Depot will be held Sept 29 and 30 for area school children and Saturday Oct. 1in conjunction with the Belton Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival.
This year’s line-up includes 15 historical interpreters and heritage skills artisans. Among those presenting this year are a school marm, a Native American storyteller, an African American sharecropper, a Civil War soldier, a Cherokee beader, a wood carver, a country dance master, a pine needle basket weaver, a brickmaker, a corn husk doll maker, a bladesmith, a Revolutionary War heroine, a miner, a tinsmith, and a shape note singer.
Heritage Days at the Depot encourages, promotes, conserves, and honors the traditional art forms and heritage skills that make our state distinct. The overall aim of Heritage Days at the Depot is to foster in our community a greater understanding of, appreciation for, and interest in the traditional arts and skills of our forefathers.
Homeschoolers and out of district students are welcome to join us for a nominal fee of $3 per student. Please call Alison Darby at 864-958-5264 to reserve your class spot.
In addition to the WebbCraft Family Foundation, the South Carolina Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, Anderson County, and City of Belton HTAX are funding partners. To meet the budget requirements for this year, additional sponsorship is needed.