The Magic Tree House, a major traveling exhibit based on the best-selling
children’s book series by Mary Pope Osborne, will make its Southeastern United States debut at the
Upcountry History Museum-Furman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, on June 6, 2015, and remain
on exhibit through September 6, 2015.
This interactive, literacy based exhibit allows visitors to join Jack and Annie, two ordinary
siblings from Frog Creek, PA, as they branch out through history via a magical, time-traveling tree
house. Whisked away to three important periods in American history – a visit to Plymouth Bay at the
time of the first Thanksgiving, a trip to a field hospital to help Clara Barton during the time of the Civil
War, and a visit to a one-room school house to experience life as a pioneer – imaginations will grow as
children explore history through these unique, immersive environments featuring period costumes, props
and more than 30 hands-on learning activities.
“The Museum is thrilled to be a part of The Magic Tree House exhibition tour,” noted Dana
Thorpe, Executive Director for the Upcountry History Museum-Furman University. “The project
encourages visitors to make meaningful and personal connections to history and supports the Museum’s
commitment to inspiring imagination, stimulating thought and transforming society.”
Special Magic Tree House programming will be offered at the Museum throughout the summer.
Activities include Family Days on June 6, July 5, August 2 and September 6, a bi-weekly Book Club in
June, July and August to talk about the books in the series, presentations such as Songs from the Civil
War, as well as other hands-on learning lessons about American history.
This extraordinary exhibit is illustrated by Sal Murducca and used with permission of Random
House, Inc. The exhibit was created by The Magic House, St. Louis, Missouri, and made possible by
generous support from the Crawford Taylor Foundation and Greenville Health System.
540 Buncombe Street Greenville, SC 29601 864-467-3100 upcountryhistory.org
The Upcountry History Museum-Furman University is located at 540 Buncombe St., in Greenville, S.C.
The Museum will be open seven days a week for the duration of this exhibit. Museum hours are Monday
– Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1– 5 p.m. For more information, call 864-467-3100
or visit http://www.upcountryhistory.org