Archive for July, 2017

GCLS – Digitze Greenville

Greenville County Library System continues to build digital collections to preserve Greenville County’s rich history. Help us tell Greenville’s story by checking your attics, basements, and scrapbooks for historic treasures. By loaning your items for digitization, you get to keep your family collections while also sharing them with a wider audience.

How can I participate?

1. Locate Greenville items within your family collections. Items* suitable include:

  • Photographs
  • Letters
  • Diaries
  • Daybooks/Ledgers

2. Identify as many people, places, or groups in your items.

  • The more information we have, the better we can preserve Greenville’s history.
  • Talk with older relatives who may be able to elaborate on the story behind the item.

3. Schedule an appointment OR attend a scanning session event.

  • Email
  • Call 864-527-9212

*Items must be owned by the lender. Materials that are photocopied and/or subject copyright law will not be scanned

BAMA – Air, Wind, and Space

Belton-Once in a lifetime eclipses, deadly tornadoes, feats of aeronautical prowess, and out-of-this-world materials are all attached to the small town of Belton.  The Belton Area Museum Association will be featuring all this and more in its next exhibit Air, Wind and Space opening July 23, from 3 – 5 PM at the historic Belton train depot.

Featured in the exhibit will be interactive activities for children, meteors, a hot air balloon basket and racing memorabilia, products made in our area that support the aeronautics industry, vintage weather predictors, flight maps and equipment,  and other interesting artifacts pertaining to the powers of air, wind, and space.

At the opening event, space snacks will be served for all to enjoy and a special guest speaker will talk about his exploits in space.  The Honea Path Flying Club members will be interspersed throughout the display to talk about their flying experiences.

“We’re still looking for items to put on display,” said BAMA executive director Abigail Burden.

“We’d love to have you share your vintage thermometers, weather vanes,   tools, photographs, NASA memorabilia, and objects of interest on this topic,” she added.

Items for loan can be brought by during museum hours by July 19 or patrons can call 338-7400 to arrange pick up.

The exhibit is sponsored by the WebbCraft Family Foundation, Timken, Anderson County ATAX, City of Belton HTAX, and the Hart-Oeland Foundation.

Please join us on Sunday, July 23, for this special event.

The exhibit will be on display until September 9.

The Belton Area Museum Association is open Wednesday – Friday, 9 am – 2 pm, and Saturday 9 am – 1 pm.  Group tours are available by appointment.  As always, the museum is free to the public. 

BAMA – Summer Camps

The Belton Area Museum Association (BAMA) just received major support from local foundation WebbCraft to underwrite the costs of upcoming summer camps and the annual event Heritage Days at the Depot. Foundation Board Chair Jeri Lynn Craft presented a check last week.

The Belton Area Museum Association will be hosting  Wild Weather Camp, July 25 – 27, and Space Camp, August 1 – 3, from 10 – 12 each morning.  Cost is $55 for non-members and $45 for members of the Belton Area Museum Association.

The foundation support will help bring in key speakers to the camps.  Also, WebbCraft has provided two scholarships per camp week for students in Anderson School District #2 to attend free of charge.

“We wanted to make sure that summer camp is accessible to children in our area, regardless of ability to pay,”      stated Foundation Board Chair Jeri Lynn Sharpe.

For more information about the summer camp scholarships, please contact Abigail Burden at the museum, Wednesday – Friday, 9 AM – 2 PM, at 864-338-7400 or

Another portion of the grant award helps to defer costs of the bussing of ASD2 students to Heritage Days at the Depot, an annual event that presents living history lessons and folk art skills to children in grades 2 – 5.

The event will be held on Oct. 5 -7 and features the following artisans/historical interpreters:  Gale McKinley (split oak basket  weaver), Chris Weik (Native American flute maker), Justin Guy (traditional potter), Millie Chaplin (Southern story teller),  Thomas “Stick Man” Williams (Gullah cane carver), Jared Canty (Catawba beader), Bill Lacasse (zither maker), Jonathon Harper (lure carver), Heyward Haltiwanger (miller), Rick Owens (log cabin builder), Scott Beam (wheelwright), Karen Cox (soap maker), Barbara Ervin (printmaker/typesetter), and Benjamin Raven Pressley (Native American weapons).

Outside of District 2 students and home school students are invited to attend for a $3 minimal fee.  Please email Alison Darby at if you are interested participating in this event.

“We cannot express how appreciative we are to WebbCraft Family Foundation for their unwavering support each year for our educational programming,” commented BAMA  Executive Director Abigail Burden.

TRHS – Storytelling at TR Library

TR Library

“Patriotic Stories”
Bring your patriotic stories to share. Show and tell always welcome!
We meet on the second Thursday night of every other month to listen and share stories and memories of upper Greenville County and beyond.

Thursday, July 13th, 7:00—8:00 pm
at the Travelers Rest Sargent Branch Library.

UHM – Monday Matinee Movie

July 17 at 2:00 pm
In honor of the exhibition Over the Top,
join us for the 1932 classic film, A Farewell To Arms, staring Helen Hayes and Gary Cooper.

UHM – Lunchbox Learning

World War I Centenary
Wednesday, July 19 at Noon
100 years ago the United States declared war on Germany and thus entered into the first world war. Join Henry Johnson, historian and collector, as he steps back in time to 1917.  
For reservations call 864-467-3100

Hagood – Banjo Extravaganza

Banjo Extravaganza

Featuring Art Rosenbaum

Saturday, July 15, at the Hagood Mill Historic Site

Come join your friends at Hagood Mill on Saturday, July 15, as we host a “Banjo Extravaganza” featuring Art Rosenbaum, one of America’s foremost performers and teachers of traditional five-string banjo playing. Art has a long-time interest in the myriad of old-time tunings that give breadth and richness to mountain and old-time banjo picking, and he has learned first-hand from the old-timers in the South and Midwest. A master of numerous banjo picking styles and tunings, Art has received praise from other artists, such as Pete Seeger, for his inclusion of 23 different tunings in his 1968 book Old-Time Mountain Banjo. Believe me folks, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to see a true banjo aficionado in action right here in your own back yard.

This educational event will trace the long history of the banjo from its earliest beginnings as a gourd instrument in Africa to today’s modern-day cousin, which we all recognize. Witness the rich history of sounds, songs, and playing styles that have evolved along with this instrument for hundreds of years. So, if you’ve ever wondered what’s the difference between picking styles such as “clawhammer,” “two-finger,” “three-finger,” or “roll picking,” you need to come to Hagood Mill on July 15 and see for yourself.

In addition to Art Rosenbaum, we have assembled a wonderful team of banjo musicians who will help guide us throughout the day on this magical musical journey. Additional performers include Bob Buckingham (Blue Ridge Rounders), Jason Sykes, Owen Grooms (Pretty Little Goat Sting Band), Michelle Turner, Andy Brooks, Derrick Phillips, Logan Redding (Left Lane Bluegrass), Dean Watson, and many other special guests. This live music event will begin around 11:30 a.m. so don’t be late. Grounds open at 10 a.m.

As a special treat for our musician friends, Hagood Mill will be offering a variety of old-time instrument workshops on July 15 as well.

Bob Buckingham, of the Blue Ridge Rounders, will be hosting a morning workshop (10:30-11:30) emphasizing the intricate and melodic “clawhammer” style of strumming that is most often associated with the old-time banjo.

Andy Brooks, SC State Fiddling Champion 2016 and Dean Watson will host an afternoon banjo/fiddle workshop beginning at 3 p.m.  This workshop promises to be a real “hoot,” showcasing a variety of quirky and fun tunings which can be applied to the old-time banjo.  Both banjo workshops are free of charge, although monetary donations to the instructors would be greatly appreciated.

The gristmill and other demonstrations will be running from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

As always, we encourage visitors to bring their favorite old-time instruments and join in the open jam, which takes place throughout the day under the ancient cedar beside our beloved 1791 log cabin.

Admission is free to both the Hagood Mill Site and the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site; however, there is a $5 parking fee, which is used to help offset the costs for Hagood Mill events.

So, pack up the car, head on out, and don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

There will be lots of other things to see on July 15 as Hagood Mill hosts a variety offolk-life and traditional-arts demonstrations. There will be blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint knapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basketmaking, pottery, quilting, spinning, bobbin lace, knitting, weaving, wood-carving, metalsmithing, leatherworking, beekeeping demonstrations and more! You can ask questions of the artists and make a purchase of their traditional arts to take home.

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. In the old mill, fresh stone-ground cornmeal, grits, and wheat flour will be available. In addition, rye flour, Basmati rice flour, oat flour, oatmeal, popping-corn meal and grits, organic yellow cornmeal and grits, and buckwheat flour are often produced and may be available. Hagood Mill cookbooks and a variety of other mill related items are also available.

There promises to be lots to do and lots of fun! So, come on out, share a picnic, or grab a plate of great food on site from Tom’s Tasty Café or Meat’n in the Middle food trucks and enjoy a special day at the Hagood Mill.

The Hagood Mill historic site is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. all year long. The Mill operates, rain or shine, for a special festival the thirdSaturday of every month.

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

For additional information about this event please contact Hagood Mill Historic Site at(864) 898-2936, visit us on Facebook or Twitter, or email