ACM – Dr Seuss Christmas


ACM – American Girl Club

Saturday – December 16
11 AM – Noon
American Girl Tea – $5 per child.
It’s time for the Annual American Girl Tea Party at the Anderson County Museum! Come meet some of the American Girls at our good, old-fashioned tea party!
This event is open to the public. Tickets are $5 per child, parents are free. There are a few tickets available for this event which has limited seating.

ACM – Heritage and History

TuesdayDecember 12
5:30 PM
Celebrate Christmas the Anderson way by enjoying a stroll down memory lane. We will be viewing photos of the city’s decorations in years past, Christmas parties in the mill villages, and holiday parades. This will also be a great chance for us to show you some of our ornament collection and other yuletide artifacts! Come in and warm up with a cup of coffee, snack on a Christmas cookie, and take a little break from the bustle.

UHM – CEO to serve as National Judge

Upcountry History Museum’s CEO to Serve as National Judge

            Greenville, S.C. – Dana Thorpe, Chief Executive Officer of the Upcountry History Museum-Furman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, has been selected by the Costume Society of America to serve as a judge for the 44th Annual Meeting and National Symposium’s Innovative Showcase Design Exhibition March 13-16, 2018, in Williamsburg, VA.

Celebrating dress studies as a catalyst to wider communities of learning, research and creative exploration, the focus of this year’s Symposium is on the “making” aspects of projects, production and/or design. Under the heading of “Making Connections: Manufacturing Knowledge through Dress Studies,” submissions of every kind of textile-based creative work will be considered, including costumes, reproductions, fashion or textile designs, fiber arts, textile-based handcrafts, weaving, projects that explore the role of technology in production and/or design, or projects that showcase connections between dress and other fields or areas of application.

The Costume Society of America advances the global understanding of all aspects of dress and appearance. Its five purposes are to stimulate scholarship and encourage study in the rich and diverse field of costume; to disseminate information on dress and appearance; to raise the profile and credibility of the field of costume; to network among our members and with other people and organizations having costume interests; and to manage and govern the organization to serve the membership.

Thorpe has more than 30 years of experience in the museum profession having served in key leadership and director positions at the Association of Children’s Museums, Western Reserve Historical Society in Cleveland, the Rock County Historical Society in Madison, WI and the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, to name a few.

The Upcountry History Museum is located at 540 Buncombe St., in Greenville, S.C. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit

UHM – Smithsonian Youth Council

Upcountry History Museum One of Only Five Selected for Smithsonian Program

Two Area Students Named to National Youth Council

            Greenville, S.C. – The Upcountry History Museum-Furman University, a Smithsonian Affiliate, has been selected as one of only five national Smithsonian Affiliates to participate in the expansion of the Smithsonian Secretary’s Youth Advisory Council (SSYAC).

Two Greenville area students have been chosen to represent the Museum and participate on the national Council. Hannah Jones, a senior at Pickens High School, and Henry Lear, a junior at Southside High School, are lending their advice and insight to Smithsonian Secretary David J. Skorton. The Council meets quarterly to discuss topics such as technology in museums, how museums could address societal conflicts and be catalysts for dialogue, and how the Smithsonian might accomplish its goal of reaching one billion visitors.

Skorton established the Youth Advisory Council in 2016 to gain advice and insight on youth perceptions of the Smithsonian, specifically from students in the Washington, D.C. area. This second group expands on the original work and includes students from the Smithsonian Affiliate network, providing a national perspective to the conversation by attending virtually. The Upcountry History Museum was designated a Smithsonian Affiliate in 2015.

“I decided we should look beyond our own backyard here in Washington to hear insights from youth living different lives in different parts of our country,” Skorton noted. “I look forward to connecting with our teens and gaining a wide variety of perspectives.”

“The Upcountry History Museum is honored to have been selected as one of the five museums from across the country to engage in this national conversation.” noted Dana Thorpe, CEO for the Upcountry History Museum. “This program provides a direct line for youthful perspectives to Smithsonian leadership, helps in shaping the future of museums across the country, and provides a forum for dialogue between museums and their future constituents.”

Local students Jones and Lear join 15 teens from the Washington metropolitan area, as well as eight teens recruited from national Smithsonian Affiliates. In addition to the Upcountry History Museum, the four other Affiliate museums are the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History in Fort Worth, Texas, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, and The Rockwell Museum in Corning, New York.

“Taking the Smithsonian beyond the National Mall is critical to our mission,” said Myriam Springuel, interim director of Smithsonian Affiliations. “The five Affiliate partners in the Council’s second cohort are incredibly strong advocates for their own youth programs.”

The Upcountry History Museum is located at 540 Buncombe St., in Greenville, S.C. Hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Sunday from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit

Hagood – Celtic Christmas

Ed Harrison Memorial Celtic Christmas

Hagood Mill, Saturday December 16, 2017


The music of the Appalachian region was heavily influenced by the influx of Scottish and Irish immigrants and this influence has been integral in the development of American folk music traditions.   With Christmas approaching and the New Year beckoning, it is time once again to honor the music of our Irish ancestors with songs of the season.  Keeping with this tradition, Hagood Mill is proud to host the Ed Harrison Memorial Celtic Christmas program on Saturday,  December 16 from 11:30 am to 4:00 pm.


This annual event features many fine local and international musicians sharing songs of the season.  Ed Harrison was a remarkably versatile musician with a passion for playing multiple styles of roots music on a wide variety of instruments.  He was an accomplished dobro, clawhammer banjo, Cajun accordion player, and a master of the Uilleann pipes.  His warmth, good humor, and abundant laughter was a joy to his family and friends.  Sadly, after more than 20 years of battling cancer, Ed passed away in 2012.  The event Ed first created many years ago continues today in his honor.

This year’s show will feature Don Shabkie; Andy Brooks with Becky Stovall; Marshall Goers and Lucy Allen; along with Bob and Carla Rogers; and Six Chickens and a Beer.


Don Shabkie is perhaps the area’s finest pianist and an accomplished Celtic harp player.  He has played Celtic music with noted area bands Windshear and Selkie.  At present, Don serves as dance musician for the ballet program at South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts.  Don is also the organist at Memorial Methodist Church in Greer, and performs in a variety of other events throughout the year in the Greenville area.


Joining the Celtic Christmas show this year is Andy Brooks, widely recognized as one of our area’s finest fiddlers.  Andy, the 2016 South Carolina State Fiddle Champion, was inspired early in life to play fiddle, guitar and banjo by his uncle, Sam Stephens.  He is knowledgeable and passionate about old time and roots music and shares his passion through teaching at the Oconee Heritage Center.  Andy was formerly the lead fiddler in Four Mule Pileup, a popular local string band.  He will be accompanied by local guitarist and singer, Becky Stovall.


Perennial performers Lucy Allen and Marshall Goers return as hosts of this year’s event.  They have been regulars at the Celtic Christmas show since 2008.  Allen and Goers are an acoustic duo whose passion for roots music combines elements of various musical genres. Allen and Goers have performed solo or with other area groups, but their best work happens when they’re together in a duet performance.  Since 2004, Goers and Allen have shared the stage, and continue to create memorable musical performances.  They have made two recordings together, Just Passing Through and Won’t See Tadpoles Covered in Fur, an album dedicated to kids of all ages.  Lucy performs with the popular local area string band, The Battleaxe Band.


New to this year’s Celtic Christmas program are Bob and Carla Rogers.  Carla Rogers, who plays fiddle, was a music teacher and orchestra director in Texas and South Carolina for 30 years.  She has played violin and/or viola in over a dozen orchestras, and is currently assistant concertmistress of the Toccoa Symphony and a member of the Sedici String Quartet.  Bob Rogers has been playing bagpipes for 10 years and is a member of the Atlanta Pipe Band and is a previous member of the Upstate United Pipe Band from Clemson SC. Bob is extremely talented in playing the Great Highland bagpipes, Scottish Small pipes, and Irish whistles.  You don’t want to miss this show.


The acoustic musical repertoire of Six Chickens and a Beer has been described as Traditional Good-Time, Old-Time American, Irish and French Canadian String Band Music, seasoned with a little Western Swing and Cheatin’ and Drinkin’ country music.  The band members (Michael Ellison, Elizabeth Adams, Ed Broyals, and Jennifer Rush) come from a wide range of musical backgrounds. Michael played in mountain bar bands as a young man in California, and has been playing fiddle for 40-odd years. Elizabeth provides the band with the definitive Celtic sound of the button accordion. Ed brings the bluegrass and country sound with his singing and guitar work, and adds an important dimension to all their music through his mandolin. Jennifer supports the bottom register on bass, and doubles on the ukulele, adding a unique element to the music.  The band has been together for over ten years and hosts a long-running Irish session at Nick’s Tavern in Clemson.  This local session has gained the band a dedicated local following.


This promises to be a very special day at Hagood Mill.  Even Santa Clause himself has decided to drop by and join in on the entertainment. Kids and adults alike are welcome to sit on Santa’s lap and share a Christmas wish.  Bring a camera and Ole Saint Nick will pose for a picture with you. (11:00 am – 1:00 pm)


So come on out to Hagood Mill and enjoy this festive season!


There will be lots of other things to see on December 16th as Hagood Mill hosts a variety of folk life and traditional arts demonstrations.  There will be blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint knapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basket-making, pottery, quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, woodcarving, metal-smithing, bee keeping, leather-working and more! You can ask questions of the artists and make a purchase of their Traditional Arts to take home or give to your loved ones for Christmas.

The Centerpiece of the Hagood Mill Historic Site is the water-powered 1845 gristmill. It is one of the finest examples of nineteenth century technology in the Upcountry and operates just as it has for the last century-and-a-half.  The mill will be running throughout the day grinding grits, fresh stone-ground corn meal, and wheat flour in colorful holiday bags for your Christmas giving.  In addition rye flour, Basmati rice flour, oat flour, oatmeal, popping corn meal, organic yellow corn meal and grits, and buckwheat flour are produced and may be available.  Hagood Mill cookbooks and a variety of other mill related items will be for sale.

There is a $5.00 parking fee for the day but admission is FREE to the Hagood Mill Site as well as the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site.  All proceeds from parking help offset costs at the Mill Site.

So, head on out, grab a plate of great food on site from one of our fabulous food trucks and enjoy a fun-filled day exploring our ancestral grounds. This will be a very special Third Saturday at the Hagood Mill Historic Site – a day that will create memories for you and your loved ones. It is sure to be a day well spent.

The Hagood Mill Historic Site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 am until 4 pm all year long. The Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site is open Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. The mill operates, rain or shine, with a major festival the Third Saturday of every month.

The Hagood Mill Historic Site is located just 3 miles north of Pickens off Highway 178 W or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 off Highway 178 E at 138 Hagood Mill Road.

UHM – Holiday Family Flicks

Holiday Family Flicks
December 20 at 3:30 pm
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
December 22 at 10:30 am
How the Grinch Stole Christmas

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