PCM – Pickens County Corrects Factual Errors in Media Report

Pickens County Corrects Factual Errors in Media Report

Museum Finances Handled Appropriately

A recent media report claims that the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has a pending inquiry into the finances of the Pickens County Museum.  We are informed that a former employee of the Museum, Allen Coleman, contacted the Attorney General’s Office at some point after he was terminated by the County for inappropriate conduct.

We were contacted by SLED last month, and we provided them with all information they requested.  We also referred them to our external auditing firm for an outside perspective on the county’s financial management practices, both generally and as it pertains to the Museum.   We are informed that this preliminary contact from SLED was only made to determine if sufficient information exists to warrant an actual investigation, and that this is a routine step when a citizen complaint is received.

There are no financial irregularities or monies transferred from designated accounts into the County’s General Fund as alleged.  While the media report indicates that over $70,000.00 was “drawn out” of museum accounts, this assertion is completely without a factual basis.  Records that are readily available to the public from the Finance Office show a fund balance in the contingency account for the Museum of $73,318.00 as of today’s date, with any and all revenues and expenditures accurately recorded.   Much of this information is also available on the County website.

As a reminder, Pickens County is audited annually by an independent external auditing firm.  In our most recent audit, this firm noted that there were no material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, or noncompliance with financial statements noted.  In fact, Pickens County has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association for eleven (11) consecutive years.

It is correct that the County Museum is going through a transition in leadership. But it is wildly inaccurate to suggest that the County is withdrawing support for the Museum or its mission.  In fact, Pickens County Council is currently considering an additional $120,000.00 budget outlay for repairs to the facility.

Please contact Lauren Gilstrap at 864 898 5831 or laureng@co.pickens.sc.usfor further information.

PCM – Karen Peck and New River

Karen Peck and New River


Karen Peck and New River is a four-time Grammy Award Nominated and four-time GMA Dove Award Winning Southern Gospel Group. They have had over fifteen number one hits. Karen’s flawless soprano voice has made its way into the hearts of Gospel Music lovers across the country and garnered an unprecedented eleven Favorite Soprano FAwards from the readers of The Singing News Magazine, Southern Gospel Music’s leading fan and trade publication.


Date: August 18
Time: 7:00 pm
  Cost: Adults $18, children $10, Lap Children, Free
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Liberty Civic Auditorium
314 W. Main St.
Liberty, SC 29657 United States + Google Map

SCHA – Calling All Seay Descendants

unnamedSCHA is collecting contact information for all Seay Family Descendants!

If you have traced your heritage to the Seay Family, we want to hear from you!
Please contactSCHA@spartanburghistory.org  and include your lineage to the Seays and your mailing address.

As part of our the grand re-opening of the Seay House this September, we would like to contact all Seays by mail.
864-596-3501 if you have any questions

SCHA – Lunch & Learn

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Friday, July 22
FREE to SCHA Members

Ron Swain will present Part 4 of Maps Alive! “Shattered Dreams” will examin historical maps from 1855-1870, showing free and slave states and northern maps of southern harbors and fortifications. Don’t miss this installment of our most popular series!

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 of the Regional History Museum (864.596.3501). Tickets will be available at the door.

$5/ticket only; FREE/SCHA Members

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

July 2016 – Meeting Minutes

MeetingMinutesPhoto.jpgMinutes from the July 2016 meeting are now available on the meeting minutes page. Next meeting will be October 12th at 10am.

UHM – Kid’s Book Club

unnamedUHM Kids’ Book Club:
August 2, 16, & 30
UHM Kids’ Book Club is bringing the FUN of reading to the Museum all summer long! Held every other Tuesday afternoon, Book Club is an opportunity for our youngest guests to celebrate reading through games, art, science and more! Visit our website for complete list of upcoming Book Club events. To register call 864-467-3100 or email today!
Special thanks to Duke Energy Foundation, the presenting sponsor of UHM Kids’ Book Club! Thanks also to READ Greenville for their ongoing support of reading throughout our community.

UHM – Family Fun Day

unnamedFamily Fun Day ~ August 7
1:00-4:00 pm
Bring the whole family for a day of Storyland fun! Meet Mouse from the popular book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. Play games. Create art. Have FUN!
Family Fun Day is Free to Museum Members
Free with Regular Admission for Other Guests


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