SCHA – Summer in the 60s

Tickets are on sale now for the second installment of Jack Fisher’s Summer in the 60s lecture series.  Join Jack on Wednesday, July 8 at 7 p.m. in the Spartanburg Headquarters Library’s Barrett Room for a look at the British Invasion and how it changed our music culture forever!

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit us on the web at

Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics

Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics

Exhibition featuring the work of eleven Cherokee artisans

Opening Reception June 27 from 1:00 to 4:00 at the Pickens County Museum of Art & History

The Pickens County Museum of Art & History will be presenting two new exhibitions beginning June 27, 2015. Please join us from 1:00 until 4:00 p.m.on Saturday, June 27 as we host a reception to open the exhibition, Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics, focusing on the works of 11 contemporary Cherokee potters.

    Also opening that day will be the exhibition, Surfaces and Spaces: Photography of Cecelia Feld & Bruce Schlein. Both exhibitions will be on display through August 20, 2015.

    The Cherokee have been making pottery in Western North Carolina for almost 3,000 years. Though nearly disappearing in the 19th century, the tradition survived, emerging as a contemporary art form enriched by the Cherokee artists who have carefully preserved and passed on their practice from one generation to the next.

    For the first 2,000 years of the tradition, Cherokee potters created large, thin-walled, waterproof pots that were stamped with geometric designs. But early in the 20th century this style was almost entirely replaced by the production of heavier pottery, termed blackware, which was incised rather than stamped, a style common to the Catawba, Pueblo and Navajo tribes at that time. Though heavily influenced by these other Native American traditions, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians developed their own techniques. Commonly referred to as the traditional style, this work persisted as the dominant form for the duration of the 20th century.

    It was not until the beginning of the 21st century that Cherokee potters revived the historic, thin-walled pottery style. Also during the present century, a third category of artists working in a contemporary style emerged producing highly decorated and glazed ceramic works. Many of these artists utilize the Cherokee syllabary or other Cherokee symbols in their work.

    Artists including Davy Arch, Darrin Bark, Bernadine George, Betty Maney, Louise Maney, Harold Long, Shirley Oswalt, Joel Queen, Dean Reed, Alyne Stamper and Amanda Swimmer, are among those featured inAncient Forms, Modern Minds. This exhibition celebrates the rich history of Cherokee pottery as well as the creativity and innovation of contemporary Cherokee potters.

    This exhibition was organized and curated by the Asheville Art Museum.Ancient Forms, Modern Minds is sponsored in part by RTCAR, Cherokee Preservation Foundation, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and North Carolina State University. This exhibition will travel to other venues.

The Pickens County Museum’s hosting of “Ancient Forms, Modern Minds: Contemporary Cherokee Ceramics” is sponsored in part by South State Bank, Pickens Savings & Loan and Robinson Funeral Home, Crematory and Memorial Gardens. The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens SC, the 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. Admission is free but donations are welcomed.

    For more information please contact the museum at (864) 898-5963 or visit us at For this and many more events in Pickens County visit

Major Great Depression/World War II Exhibit Opening At Upcountry History Museum

Making its Southeastern United States debut, “OUR LIVES, OUR STORIES:

America’s Greatest Generation” opens Saturday, June 20, at the Upcountry History Museum-Furman

University, a Smithsonian Affiliate.

Only in Greenville through August 11, this major traveling exhibit from the National

Endowment for the Humanities explores the life arc of a single generation – the stories of their lives,

told in their words – from birth to old age. Born in the 1910s and 1920s, this generation of people was

decisively shaped by their experiences and went on to make the “baby boom” and shape the economic

boom of the postwar era, as well as produce some of the twentieth century’s most influential figures.

Moving through the Great Depression and into World War II, the artifact-based, 2,000-square-

foot exhibit explores the human impact of both home-front efforts and front-line combat and the

influence and legacy we all live with now well into the 21st century.

This project also serves as a centerpiece for the Museum’s Oral History Program by

incorporating the stories and memories from members of the South Carolina Upcountry’s greatest

generation to help us begin to understand not only who they were, but how their experiences helped

shape the communities we are today.

The Upcountry History Museum is located at 540 Buncombe St., in Greenville, S.C. Hours of

operation are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.; Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit

Clemson University Position Announcement: Archivist III

Clemson University Libraries seeks an Archivist III to provide direction for the following Special Collections Library service areas:  accessioning, processing and preserving materials, administrative support, personnel activities, facilities issues, and reading room management.

Archivist III responsibilities include:

?         Archival Management: Accessions and processes special collection materials including books, manuscripts, and university archives according to professional and institutional standards.  Responds to public requests for information and information system use.  E/50%

?         Administrative Support: Plans, develops and implements procedures that provide administrative support for the unit. Orders and distributes office supplies and materials. Manages unit’s records according to the university records management policies.  Assures compliance with document retention procedures.  Manages statistics and assessment activities. Manages Reading Room activities: creates desk schedule, manages patron needs, and works at service desk during assigned periods.  E/15%

?         Personnel Support: Manages personnel for the unit.  Hires and supervises student employees. Manages student time and Kronos timecards, ensuring that unit needs for students are met. Serves as resource and liaison for personnel issues.   E/15%

?         Facilities Management: Manages facilities issues.  Manages stacks space, arrangement of materials on shelves, inventory of holdings. Manages work room and reading room space. Monitors temperature and humidity, lighting, equipment, furniture, and reports problems to Clemson University Facilities. Coordinates removal of items to surplus. Manages equipment functionality.  E/10%

?         Compliance, Safety, and Training: Complies with University, State, and Federal requirements. Maintains a safe and secure environment. Participates in staff development programs.  E/10%

Required Qualifications:

Minimum:  A bachelor’s degree and related professional experience or directly related course work.

Preferred:  Bachelor’s degree and related professional experience in archival collections and preservation of historical documents; or directly related course work in history, library science, archival studies, or preservation.

Excellent communication (written, oral, and multimedia) skills, organizational skills, and technological competence in Microsoft Office suite are necessary.  Position necessitates dealing with Clemson employees and the public in a professional manner.  Requires flexibility, positive attitude, and willingness to do library work with administrative responsibilities.  Minimum supervision given.  Ability to plan, execute, and manage responsibilities with limited direction from supervisor.  Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in clerical procedures.  Ability to plan, organize, and prioritize multiple tasks.  Job related initiative expected.

Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs. Must be able to work some evening and weekend hours.

Salary:  $27,000-$30,000

Work Schedule:  Standard hours of 37.5 hours per week.   This position may be on call for evening, weekend, and holiday hours.  Flexibility in schedule is desirable.

Application Process:

?         Prepare a resume and cover letter outlining your knowledge, skills and abilities.

?         Use an internet browser to access the Clemson University Human Resources website at

?         Select the ‘Internal Applicant Job Board’ link.

?         Scroll through the available positions and locate position ‘Archivist III Job ID #14200.

?         Click to open the application box, fill out the application completely and attach cover letter and r?sum? documents.

?         This position will close on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

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Closing Statement:

Clemson University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information.

Cowpens National Battlefield’s annual Fourth of July Celebration

Cowpens National Battlefield’s annual Fourth of July celebration will take place Saturday, July 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Arrive early for the guided battlefield walk at 9:45 and stay for a reading of the Declaration of Independance, weapons demonstrations, music, and more throughout the day!
More information is available

Lunch & Learn: Spartanburg’s World War I History

As the site of a World War I training camp, Camp Wadsworth, Spartanburg played an important role in the Great War. Join Max Hyde on Friday, June 26 to learn more about this crucial period in local and world history.
The Lunch & Learn lecture series is 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.

$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 TuesdayFriday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

History of Travelers Rest book signing events June 20th-21st

Weekend Book Signing Events

Join us as we celebrate a new book on the history of Travelers Rest!

*Cost is $30. All proceeds go to Travelers Rest Historical Society

Saturday, June the 20th, at the TR Farmers Market, Marian Cooper Bryan will be available for book signing from 9 am to 1 pm.

Sunday, June the 21st, at History Museum of Travelers Rest, Marian Cooper Bryan will be available for book signing from 1 pm till 4 pm.

Please join us as we celebrate preservation of our local history through memorable stories and accounts from those who lived it.


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